International Business Festival 2018

LIVERPOOL 12-28 JUNE

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Just because you’re in business, doesn’t mean you’re all business. You still want to have a good time, enjoy yourself and indulge in all the things that make life great, right? Course you do. Everyone does and we’ve selected the perfect city for you: Liverpool.

It’s never all business in Liverpool. Far from it. This city is one fun-loving place, for crazy-good times with plenty of laughs.  

Now, the chances are, you already know about Liverpool. The sport. The music. The people. All these things make the city unforgettable. But Liverpool loves to give you more and this city’s got it going on in every department.

Bursting with unbeatable attractions, shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs and blessed with natural geographical beauty, Liverpool is quite simply a ‘ten’. A total knock-out. A holiday romance you never forget. A heart-stopping, party stomping city of culture, class and cool, creative energy.

That’s why we were back in the city, for 2018, for the third consecutive time. The year was a very special one for Liverpool, becoming one of the brightest and most memorable the city has ever witnessed.

Liverpool isn’t simply a side-order of fun that sat alongside our Festival. It was a beautiful, bountiful, banquet that surrounded our event and helped add a truly unique character and personality to all proceedings, in or out of business hours.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN LIVERPOOL DURING THE FESTIVAL?

Liverpool was giddy with excitement in 2018.  The year became another defining moment in the city’s illustrious history; a year-long celebration of Liverpool’s immersive culture and uncompromising character.

In 2008 Liverpool became one of the most successful European Capital of Culture cities ever. Ten years later, in 2018, the city built upon that legacy with a thrilling 12-month celebration that aimed to top 2008 and take visitors on a whole new journey.

The full programme of activity can be found on Visit Liverpool HERE, but we can tell you about a number of highlights that shaped the Summer and made our delegates ‘after hours’ time away from the Festival as rich and memorable as possible.

Ten years in the making, 2018 was one of Liverpool’s seminal year. Here’s a taste of the what the year had to offer. 

LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL: BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU?

14th July – 28th October 2018

14th July – 28th October 2018

Every two years Liverpool becomes a striking, city-wide canvas of modern art, thanks to Liverpool Biennial, the internationally renowned festival of modern art which challenges our perceptions and fuels debate.

The artistic concept and title for the 10th edition of the Biennial – Beautiful World, where are you? – derived from a 1788 poem by the German poet Friedrich Schiller. But don’t worry, Biennial 2018 isn’t really about eighteenth-century poetry.

It was about a world gripped by deep uncertainty, social, political and environmental turmoil and living in on a planet divided.  (A theme one could easily argue is even more relevant today) Expect wondrous sights, heated debate, puzzled looks and enthralled faces. Liverpool Biennial 2018 delighted, disarmed, charmed and terrified in equal measure.

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TATE LIVERPOOL’S 30th BIRTHDAY

 

Blake, Lowry, Picasso, Turner, Warhol, Monet, Mondrian, Klimt. For the past 29 years, blockbusting art has been a permanent fixture at Tate Liverpool, causing a stir and skyrocketing visitor numbers.

In 2018 Tate Liverpool celebrates 30 years of being the Northern home of National Modern Art.The landmark gallery is famously the most visited outside of London and has a stellar reputation for bringing big name artists to the public, with impressive and thought-provoking exhibitions, that thoroughly explore the artists behind the masterworks.

But Tate Liverpool is so much more than that. Yes, it displays four floors of world-class paintings, photography, sculpture and installations. But it also shows people the wonders of the world, through the eyes of our greatest ever visual artists, with all the colours, complexities and shades imaginable. And it’s impossible to leave Tate Liverpool without a deeper appreciation for art and even life itself.

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CHINA’S TERRACOTTA WARRIORS

February – October 2018

February – October 2018

Few exhibits, even global ones, shift tickets and sell out galleries on the strength of their name alone. Titanic is one. The Terracotta Army is another.

One of our planet’s greatest historical discoveries comes to Liverpool World Museum in 2018. Awesome, terrifying, beautiful and extraordinary, China’s Terracotta Army revealed China’s first Emperor’s obsession with life after death and the retention of power, no matter what the cost.  

This clay army, complete with weapons, horses, concubines and chariots comes from a secret underground necropolis that made the Egyptian Pharos seem modest by comparison. The army  cost many men their lives and forever changed our understanding of ancient Chinese civilisation.

Visitors witnessed the unbelievable tale behind the 8,000 strong warriors, discovering their purpose, the story behind creation and how their secrets came to be unearthed, through one of the most significant archaeological find man has ever made.

China’s Terracotta Warriors represented unimaginable history in human form in Liverpool, 2018. 

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AFRICA OYÉ

16 & 17 June

Certain things make a weekend great. Outdoor fun in the sun, amazing food, cool live music and a great chilled out holiday atmosphere. Africa Oyé delivers these things on all fronts. It can’t guarantee sunshine, but it can guarantee a great time. Just ask any of the 80,000 people who attended last year.

Like the sound of free live reggae, soul and new African music, fused with international food, our beautiful Sefton Park and shiny-happy people? Good because the free Africa Oyé is one positive, life affirming and thoroughly enjoyable event. Forget about business, forget about your worries and feel fabulous with us at Africa Oyé in 2018.

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DID YOU KNOW?

THE LIVERPOOL CITY REGION

The Liverpool City Region is governed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA), led by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram (pictured) and made up of the leaders and mayor of its six constituent local authorities – Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral and Liverpool.

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THE LIVERPOOL CITY REGION

VISITLIVERPOOL.COM 

 

Liverpool’s official destination marketing website presents an unparalleled view of the best attractions, events, shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation, the city region has to offer. For thousands more reasons to visit Liverpool during our festival head over to visitliverpool.com

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