Down the years, we have been responsible for events that could be described as the weird, the wonderful and the, what the . . . ?
In the last twelve months alone, Liverpool has seen everything from castles of cardboard, drift cars burning rubber, remembering our fallen, drinking Bordeaux wine and, of course, one or two giant marionettes from France stomping around the City (come on, we can’t do a blog about events in Liverpool and not mention them?).
We even had a bus parade for some team that won a trophy or something, although some of our team are still in denial about it!
More recently, the City played host to the Netball World Cup and the Liverpool International Music Festival. We saw everything from the Zimbabwe netball team sharing their skills with kids at the fan park, to the crowd singing themselves hoarse to the classics of Nile Rodgers in Sefton Park. There was even a visit of Queen Mary II and a quayside concert for good measure. All of these events happen, so that they can hopefully make a difference to our City. Whether that is the thousands of visitors who come from the four corners of the globe or the celebration of international artistes playing in a city park. These are all key components to help Liverpool being recognised as one of the most exciting cities in the world.
However, events can have other benefits too. This weekend we celebrated the annual Pride in Liverpool event, which, despite the torrential downpour of rain, seen over 10,000 people march the streets of Liverpool. Pride most definitely contributes a major and colourful impact to our cultural calendar but it has a greater impact as a vehicle to promote a positive message about LGBTQ+ in the City Region. Similarly, earlier on in the year we celebrated breaking the fast with our Muslim community on the Pier Head. In many respects, you could not get two more different events than Taste Ramadan and Pride. However, the two have much in common in allowing us to recognise two communities that can be misunderstood and unfortunately targeted with hate.
Some of the bigger events will catch the standout headlines and bring in bigger economic impacts.
However, events can also promote social inclusion and community cohesion — which are arguably just as important if we are to have a city as one to be celebrated.