Liverpool Against Racism

A brand new festival is coming to Liverpool which takes a stand against racism.

Championed by the Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson, Liverpool Against Racism (LAR) will take place in April 2022 and will feature specially commissioned music and cultural events which will stimulate a conversation about, and action against, racism. With a focus on community cohesion, it will act as a platform for people and organisations to creatively respond to hate crime.

Running for a week, from Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 April, the programming team – led by key music industry figure Yaw Owusu – is pulling together plans which will see live talks and debates as well as music and cultural events taking place across the city, featuring a diverse line up of local, national and international individuals and organisations who are invested in the charge for change.

The ambition for LAR is to set Liverpool apart as a city that doesn’t shy away from addressing the issue of racism and to celebrate diversity in all of its forms.

Mayor Anderson is calling for action and is asking groups, cultural organisations, schools, universities and businesses across the city to get involved in the Liverpool Against Racism programme. Initial expressions of interest should be emailed to [email protected].

Organisers will work closely with Liverpool City Region’s newly formed Black Music Action Group and the overall Music Board around the music activity.


Liverpool Against Racism is the latest in a series of campaigns which have seen the city stand up to hate crimes. Liverpool City Council is proud to be working in partnership with the city’s largest LGBTQ+ organisations to curate visible projects that not only celebrate the community, but emphasise the importance of acceptance.

The city council is also one of the key partners working on a programme to eradicate violence against women and girls. Just last week, it was announced around £270,000 will be invested in a campaign to develop educational resources and improve CCTV on areas of public transport where women and girls feel vulnerable.