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Liverpool Celebrates

As 2008’s prospective European City of Culture with an 800th birthday next year, Liverpool will be partying hard for the foreseeable future. In fact, it plans to be the world’s party capital in 2007.

As 2008’s prospective European City of Culture with an 800th birthday next year, Liverpool will be partying hard for the foreseeable future. In fact, it plans to be the world’s party capital in 2007. A four-day extravaganza of pageantry and street entertainment is planned over the August Bank Holiday next year to celebrate the granting of the city’s first charter in 1207. This will culminate in what is billed as Europe’s largest firework display to be launched from several landmark buildings. Over 300 events are planned across Merseyside to mark the city’s development from a modest fishing community to one of the world’s most significant ports. Projects will focus on the city’s achievements in medicine and transport, and of course its best-known export – Beatlemania. A key theme in the festivities will be the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery, and the inauguration of a new museum on slavery next August.

One of its leading art galleries, Tate Liverpool, will host a series of landmark exhibitions over the next few months. The 4th Liverpool Biennial festival of contemporary visual art (International 06)  showcases exciting new artists from around the world, some exhibiting for the first time in the UK.


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