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Liverpool 2018 – 10 Years On

Legacies of the European Capital of Culture 10 years On


With support from Culture Liverpool, academics at the Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) are revisiting the impacts of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008 as the 10 year anniversary of the event approaches.

Led by ICC Head of Research, Dr. Beatriz García, Liverpool 2018: Legacies of the European Capital of Culture 10 Years On is a research programme that aims to re-examine the long-term effects of the European Capital of Culture on Liverpool’s image, local identity and cultural leadership.

The research builds directly on the data baseline and methodological framework established by the Impacts 08 research programme – itself a ground-breaking study on the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of Liverpool 2008 that was commissioned by Liverpool City Council and led by Dr. García between 2005 and 2010.

Findings from the Liverpool 2018 research programme will be published in 2018 to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of the European Capital of Culture and a major programme of internationally significant cultural events, announced by the Mayor of Liverpool in May 2016, that are intended to celebrate the legacy of the European Capital of Culture year and the continued importance of culture within the ongoing renaissance of the city.

The Liverpool 2018 research programme benefits from kick-starter funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Cultural Engagement Fund, as well as support from Culture Liverpool and the ICC Endowment Fund. Further information on the research programme and the ICC is available on the institute’s website.