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Culture and the creative arts are part of our identity

Culture and the creative arts are part of our identity

Steve Rotheram giving a speech

Steve Rotheram

We are hugely proud of our cultural heritage and want to celebrate what makes all of our areas special to the people who live and work within them.


The Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity awards are planned to stimulate, recognise, nurture and celebrate excellence in creativity and innovation wherever it can be found the Liverpool City Region.   The awards, a red carpet event, took place on 28th November 2019 and hosted in the 2019 Liverpool City Region ‘Borough of Culture’, Wirral.

Pride in our culture

Culture and the creative arts are an incredibly important part of our identity. Whether it’s our museums, art galleries, theatres or our music, they all provide huge benefits, from bringing people together to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime events, getting involved in creative activities, and encouraging people to visit the city region for the first (and not the last) time.

We are hugely proud of our cultural heritage and want to celebrate what makes all of our areas special to the people who live and work within them.

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 support Liverpool 2018, the 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.

Borough of Culture

As part of the 1% for Culture Programme, we have invested £200,000 to support an annual Borough of Culture programme. Through this, we will celebrate the things that make each borough unique, allowing communities to decide for themselves how the money is spent.

Wirral holds the title of Borough of Culture for 2019. Highlights revealed so far include: Animated Square taking place in in March, an exhibition about Wirral’s contribution to maritime exploration; a summer of art in parks and urban spaces, and a series of events linked to the moon and stars, along with returning favourites the Mersey River Festival and River of Light.

The Borough of Culture title will be awarded to all of the Combined Authority’s constituent local authorities on a rotating basis, ensuring that each and every person in the city region can benefit and has the opportunity to celebrate what makes their community special.

House of the Future Competition

Pupils across the Liverpool City Region are being challenged to design how our homes could look in years to come as part of the House of the Future Competition.

This exciting competition, which is free to enter, explores important current issues in our environment, cities and communities, and considers how design responds to our changing needs.

It invites pupils in years 5 and 6 to come up with exciting ideas for our future homes with the chance to win prizes for themselves and their schools.

More policy information

If you would like to learn more about our culture policy or are looking for guidance and procedures to get involved with our culture schemes then please visit our policy documents page. Our policy documents offer detailed information on the various policies.

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