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LCR Culture and Creativity Awards 2024

Liverpool City Region is a thriving place for culture and creativity and we wanted to celebrate this, so the Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards were born!

Established in 2019 as part of the Metro Mayor’s commitment to culture, they recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in art, technology, innovation and creativity within Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral.


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Imagine Bamboo is Everywhere!

Giant animated artworks made entirely of sustainable bamboo have taken centre stage during the Liverpool City Region’s packed cultural events programme this year.

Local artists worked with communities across the city region to design and build six life-sized structures as part of a public art exhibition displayed in all the region’s boroughs.

The Imagine Bamboo installation aims to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of using bamboo as a sustainable building material.

Imagine Bamboo - person with bamboo creation

LCR Culture and Creativity Awards 2023: winners and reaction

Ackley Bridge and Casualty star Sunetra Sarker took to the stage to host the 2023 Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity Awards at the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot.

Hundreds of artists, creatives, volunteer and community groups entered the 13 categories which included Inspirational Young Person and awards for Environmental work and Community Cohesion.

The awards are part of the Metro Mayor’s 1% for Culture initiative, and honour the value and contribution that the cultural and creative sector brings to the Liverpool City Region. But they are not just about the arts, culture and creativity includes technology, innovation, and science in order to develop and introduce new ideas and creative approaches that are innovative and transformational.



One Percent for Culture

To celebrate and support our fantastic cultural assets and the benefits they bring to the people in our communities, Liverpool City Region is the first in the country to commit to spending the equivalent of 1% of its annual £30 million devolution funding from government to support cultural activities.

We also offer significant support for the fantastic work taking place in the city region.

We contributed £5 million to Liverpool 2018: a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Liverpool’s tenure as European Capital of Culture.

That investment supported a full programme of events, including China Dream, Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, the finale of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the return of the Giants, for which 1.5 million people descended on the city region.

LCR Culture & Internationalism Research

Liverpool City Region’s Culture and Internationalism Research explores the interaction between culture, education, community and the visitor economy across the six boroughs within Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA).

This report provides a better understanding of:

  • The composition of the city’s residents including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people
  • The international student population
  • Visitor profiles and trends
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Music Support Fund Final Report

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority approved an award of £2m of SIF funding to support the Liverpool City Region Music Industry Sector Development Pilot Project, to deliver a programme of business growth, skills and talent development and associated work to strengthen the city region’s music ecosystem. This was approved at its meeting on 20th March 2020.

The LCR Combined Authority approved an initial £250,000 to be awarded from SIF 2 with the remaining £1,750,000 to be funded from SIF 3, subject to funding.

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LCR Production Fund

The Combined Authority has invested £3m into supporting Liverpool City Region’s TV and Film industry. The LCR Production Fund has backed several high-profile shows including Bafta-award winning dramas Time and Help. A further £17m has been committed to developing The Depot – two 22,000 sq ft film and TV studios now open off Liverpool’s Edge Lane – and larger studios in the adjacent Littlewoods building as part of Mayor Steve Rotheram’s vision to turn the city region into the ‘Hollywood of the North’. 
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