European Capital of Culture 2008 - Liverpool
The European Union has been choosing a city to carry the European Capital of Culture title every year since 1985. Cities such as Athens, Lisbon, Paris and Madrid have all had their year in the spotlight. Each city chosen has the opportunity to exhibit their cultural developments and cultural attractions to the world, as a European Capital of Culture. This year, the European Capital of Culture 2008 is Liverpool, and the city has been hard at work to take full advantage of promoting themselves.
Liverpool was elated to be named European Capital of Culture 2008, and kicked off their victory celebrations with a magnificent concert featuring the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Farm, Ringo Starr and many more musicians, on the St Georges Hall roof. It was just the start of the concerts and festivities that locals and visitors can look forward to. For example, Paul McCartney will be entertaining the crowds on the 1st of June at the Anfield Football Stadium.
The city has always been filled with music, art, magnificent architecture and sport, but suffered the fate most post-industrial towns have, when the trade numbers through the Liverpool docks started to dwindle. It led to high unemployment rates and an increase in crime. Tourism, which Liverpool has been trying to promote, will hopefully be positively influenced by the European Capital of Culture 2008 title.
Visitors will be astounded at the great variety of attractions that can be found, including museums such as the World Museum Liverpool, the Merceyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum. Visitors can also appreciate art at establishments such as the Walker Art Gallery and the Lady Lever Art gallery.
Some of the highlights and festivals to look out for include the Liverpool Performing Arts Festival 2008 and the Echo Arena Supercross Event. The theatre will also be in full swing, with breathtaking performances, together with Pete Postlethwaite gracing the stage as King Lear at the end of the year. The year 2008 is guaranteed to be jam packet with art, exhibitions, cultural shows, concerts and festivals, showing the world all of Liverpool’s best qualities and attractions. The European Capital of Culture 2008 has given Liverpool the chance to re-establish itself as a cultural and tourist destination.