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Liverpool 2018 – Ten Years in the Making

Final plans are being put in place for Liverpool to stage an ambitious and forward looking culture programme to mark the tenth anniversary of its reign as European Capital of Culture.
 
Details of Liverpool 2018 - the year-long celebration of the city’s thriving creative scene - will be announced in January. This will be when the city gears up to once again step into the international spotlight and showcase its extraordinary culture offer, while looking forward to the next decade of cultural innovation.
 
A number of major projects within the programme have already been announced including;
 
-       China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors - coming to the UK for the first time in a generation
 
-       The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta linking Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux on 25 – 28 May
 
-       The finale of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race which is set to race back onto the Mersey in late July
 
-       The Clothes Show which returns to the city for a second year from 19-21 October
 
-       Tate Liverpool’s 30th anniversary programme including an Egon Schiele retrospective
 
-       Liverpool Biennial’s 10th edition presenting leading visual artists from across the world takes place over 15 weeks
 
-       Rewire – A major new art and technology commission led by FACT with Invisible Flock, working with artists from across the globe and communities in Toxteth
 
Alongside this, Liverpool 2018 will also showcase premieres across the worlds of entertainment and sport, new major public artworks, some extraordinary one-off music moments and four artistic seasons each bursting with new commissions exploring:
 
·         China Dream – showcasing the best of modern Chinese culture  
·         The Future World of Work - what does this mean for society
·         The Art of Football - the global relationship with the beautiful game
·         Nineteen Eighteen (working title) - the centenary of the end of the First World War
 
The city’s unrivalled festival offer - from Africa Oye and Liverpool International Music Festival right through to Milapfest – will mark the year with some of their most ambitious line ups ever, while brand new music events - including a piano festival like no other - will reinforce Liverpool’s position as a UNESCO City of Music.
 
To add to that, the team behind Liverpool 2018 can reveal plans for Easter Fire - a collaboration with renowned live event creators Walk the Plank. Easter Fire at St George’s Hall will take place during the Easter holidays, creating a world of fire, entertainment and gastronomy. Famous for their spectacular live performances, Walk the Plank are promising to create a unique experience in one of the hidden gems of the city. Tickets for the event and further details will be available from Friday 8 December.
 
Mayor Joe Anderson OBE, said: “European Capital of Culture was an extraordinary year for this city, but it was never just about 2008 – it was about the legacy that followed.
 
“Culture has been the backbone of Liverpool’s renaissance over the past decade, and Liverpool 2018 is a chance for us to recognise the growth in confidence, ambition, creativity and cultural engagement which is seen in every corner of Liverpool – putting us quite rightly as a cultural exemplar on a national and international stage.
 
“Liverpool 2018 is an opportunity for us to once again roll out the red carpet for people to come and visit for the first time, or to rediscover what we believe is the most exciting destination in the UK.
 
“Some of the projects which we will be announcing in the New Year really do raise the bar and it will be an incredible time for residents and visitors who will undoubtedly travel from across the world to experience how Liverpool puts on a show.”
 
Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, said: “The City Region Combined Authority is delighted to be supporting Liverpool 2018 with £5 million from our Single Investment Fund.
 
“It will kick-start a new cultural journey for the whole of the city region and it is my ambition that all areas feel the same benefits as Liverpool has done in the last decade. This region is blessed with a huge depth of talent and it is our job to provide the platforms to showcase that creativity and encourage participation. I was Lord Mayor in 2008 and saw first-hand the impact celebrating culture had on people and communities.
 
“I very much look forward to another outstanding year of culture that will hopefully enrich and improve the lives of all who live and visit here.”
 
Claire McColgan MBE, Liverpool’s Director of Culture, said: ‘Liverpool has been defined by culture for centuries, from our incredible architecture and galleries to major live events which turn the city into a playground. It is the most powerful way to tell our story across Europe and the world, and is central to the image of modern Liverpool.
 
“The last decade has seen such incredible growth in our cultural scene, it is right that we use this anniversary to celebrate the extraordinary organisations which make this city the most exciting in the UK, but also it is crucial that we use it as a chance to look forward to the next ten years and challenge ourselves to imagine what we might look like and can achieve by 2028.”
 
John Wassell from Walk the Plank said: “We worked on the opening event of European Capital of Culture and have watched on admiringly as Liverpool’s cultural sector has grown from strength to strength ever since. Walk the Plank perform all over the world, and Liverpool’s name is synonymous with ambitious cultural events wherever we go, so it’s exciting to return a decade since we were last here and to bring something never seen before as part of this truly bumper year!”
 
The official launch of the first half of the programme will be made on 11 January 2018, ten years to the day since the ‘People’s Opening’ which launched European Capital of Culture in 2008. 
 
The GREAT Britain campaign is an official partner of the Liverpool 2018 programme and will use its impressive reach across the tourism, culture, investment, export, trade and education sectors to promote Liverpool’s programme and position it as a must-visit destination.
 
For more information on already released projects and to help plan your visit to Liverpool go to www.visitliverpool.com/2018.
 
ENDS
 
For more information, please contact Sarah Latcham, Communications Officer, on 0151 233 0071 or 077936 60570.  
 
For the latest news from Liverpool City Council, visit www.liverpool.gov.uk or www.twitter.com/lpoolcouncil
 
Visit www.liverpoolexpress.co.uk to find out all the good things happening in Liverpool, or follow @lpoolcouncil on Twitter.
Liverpool City Council, 4th Floor Cunard Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, L31DS
 
 

New WoW releases online to buy

Missed the book launches for Write to Work's Mosaics and The Last Word last week? Buy your copy of each book by clicking on the covers. You won't regret it! Both books are filled with talent, creativity from new, different and exciting voices. 

Mosaics is the first book from Write to Work. The course is funded by the Liverpool City Region ESF Community Grant.

 
 

 

 
 
 

Liverpool City of Festivals


Liverpool is a city of festivals. Why don't you check out the website and explore some of the most groundbreaking and unforgettable festivals around? 

 

Gary Younge - Another Day in the Death of America

We are delighted to welcome Guardian journalist and author Gary Younge as he reads from and discusses Another Day in the Death of America. Described by  Naomi Klein as "Younge's masterwork" it is a powerful, moving and important book on the effect of gun crime on children in the US.

On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average seven children and teens are killed by guns daily.


Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America. This is a book which will lead the news agenda on publication and leave the reader knocked sideways by its emotional power.

Gary Younge will be in conversation with WoW's very own Madeline Heneghan,  Co-director of Writing on the Wall. 

Further details: 0151 709 9820

Book tickets

 

Finding Some Way Through (A City of the Mind)



Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and Writing on the Wall celebrated the launch of the soundscape: Finding Some Way Through (A City of the Mind), created by project participants, led by composer and musical director Patrick Dineen. 

On Monday 16th January at The Rotunda Cafe, we had an excellent turn out, full of enthusiasm and thought-provoking listeners willing to add their own 'inner city' thoughts to the city the participants had already created.




We recognise that mental health is an issue that never goes away, although we aired this piece on Blue Monday we would like to play the piece wherever necessary. If you feel like you know a place that would like to help raise mental health awareness by playing this piece, please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  

If you missed out on hearing the piece, it is now available to listen to on the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium's Soundcloud.

 

WoW have recruited two new staff members!


Writing on the Wall have recruited a new Project Manager and an Administrator and Social media Editor. The standard of the many applicants for the posts was very high, and we're grateful to all those who applied. Both of our new staff members start in the next few weeks and we look forward to welcoming them to our team and introducing them to you.

 

 
 

Lives and Legacies 1919 - Volunteers Wanted

Following on from the success of The Great War to Race Riots Project, Writing on the Wall is teaming up with The University of Liverpool on an exciting new project – Lives and Legacies 1919, to continue exploring the impact of the 1919 race riots and the lives of those who were affected by the violence and the social and economic climate of the period.

We are looking for a team of volunteers to take part in the project to explore; Marriage and Partnership in Liverpool, Legacies of 1919 on Merseyside, and Official Responses. Lives and Legacies will culminate in a public event to share what we have discovered.

The project will run for 10 months and you can decide on the elements of the project which interest you most. We will also provide training in any skills which you may require, including archiving, conducting interviews or any other aspects of the projects.

The project begins with and introductory session on 28th February. If you interested in getting involved please contact Madeline by email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0151 703 0020.

Pulp Idol - Firsts 2017 Available Now!


A brilliant celebration and launch event of our Pulp Idol - Firsts 2017 book - an anthology of first chapters from the new novelists who won our Pulp idol Competition, took place on Thursday 8th December.  The book is available through Writing on the Wall and online by clicking here.

 

WoW's Publications

Writing on the Wall have published an incredible 12 books over the past year, full of high quality writing from our amazing projects. Take a look at our wide range of publications that we've produced here at WoW....

 
 


 

Book Launch: Zoe Howe - Shine On, Marquee Moon

Congratulations to music writer Zoe Howe, and thanks to new Cooperative Cafe Naked Lunch on Smithdown Road, for an excellent launch event for Zoe's debut novel, Shine On, Marquee Moon, a rock ‘n’ roll love story that celebrates the extremes of life in the music business and challenges the myth of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll with plenty of wry humour, strong characters and sharp dialogue along the way. Never mind chick lit; this is rock-chick lit.
 
Zoe, in conversation with Writing on the Wall Co-Director, Mike Morris, discussed her novel and answered questions from the audience - well fueled by refreshments from Naked Lunch and Head Chef Jay's amazing freshly-baked scones. 
 
You can order copies of Shine on Marquee Moon by Clicking Here or, if you're in Liverpool call in to Naked Lunch at 431 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool L15 3JL

Zoë Howe is an acclaimed British music writer whose books include Lee Brilleaux: Rock ’n’ Roll Gentleman (Polygon, 2015), Barbed Wire Kisses — The Jesus and Mary Chain Story (Polygon, 2015), Wilko Johnson — Looking Back At Me (Cadiz Music Ltd., 2012), Stevie Nicks — Visions, Dreams and Rumours (Omnibus Press, 2014) and Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits (Omnibus Press, 2011). She also plays the drums.For more information on Zoe Howe and her other books, go to www.zoehowe.com