June 18th, 2008

Arts and culture of Liverpool

by Don

Liverpool was not surprisingly awarded the European Capital of Culture in 2008 due to its impressive list of arts and culture venues.

There are more museums and galleries within Liverpool than any other UK city, with the exception of London.

Tate Liverpool is conveniently situated in the historic Albert Docks and houses the north of England’s National Collection of Modern Art. Special events and exhibitions are held throughout the year where art from around the world is proudly displayed. Tate Liverpool houses contemporary and modern arts from 1900 to the present day with a variety of works including sculptures, photography, videos as well as paintings. Tate Liverpool is an exciting and thought provoking place to visit offering family events each Sunday at no cost, tours, exhibitions talks and lectures.

Included in the diverse arts and culture that Liverpool has to offer, National Heritage holds Open Days every year in which a multitude of buildings of different styles and uses are opened to the public. These hidden delights include temples, castles, factories and town halls. A variety of tours, activities and events bring Liverpool’s history and cultures to life.

Historical properties owned by The National Trust include the childhood homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, the photographer E Chambre Hardman’s studio and home and the magnificent Speke Hall situated near the airport.

One of the major highlights of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture will be the hosting of the start of the Tall Ships Race. The four-day event will begin as soon as the fleet of Tall Ships arrive at the port’s World Heritage waterfront and provide visitors with a multitude of events and activities including the fleet majestically sailing up the river Mersey.

Arts and culture can be seen at The Everyman and Playhouse theatres where modern and classical plays including the popular ‘Made in Liverpool’ series are held throughout the year.

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