Stagecoach supports China Dream

We're proud to announce Stagecoach have officially joined China Dream as an Official Supporter of the 8-month programme!

Stagecoach supports China Dream

by Culture Liverpool

Stagecoach Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire is proudly celebrating Liverpool’s rich links with China and has signed up as an Official Supporter of the city’s China Dream season.

The eight month-long season of exhibitions, performances and events will aim to shine a light on modern Chinese culture and explore the relationship between China and the UK as part of Liverpool’s 2018 Capital of Culture anniversary celebrations.

As an official supporter, Stagecoach will play a key role in events throughout the season and will also create three special China Dream themed buses to mark the celebration.

Running from February to October, China Dream is being delivered in three specially curated chapters featuring a combination of ancient discoveries against dynamic contemporary art. As the city hosts one of the world’s oldest and iconic exhibitions, China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors, the creative season will showcase the best contemporary and emerging Chinese art, culture and music.

Rob Jones, Stagecoach Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire managing director, said: “Liverpool’s relationship with China spans centuries and we’re proud to be celebrating this rich heritage over the China Dream season.

“The team at Culture Liverpool has curated a dynamic and exciting season of events which will highlight the vibrant cultural links between Shanghai and Liverpool and the UK and China, and we’re thrilled to be officially backing this important cultural event.

“We look forward to providing a convenient and comfortable transport option to both residents and the visitors we will be welcoming to our city over the eight month season and can’t wait to unveil our special China Dream themed buses.”

Assistant Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “We’re delighted Stagecoach are on-board to support the 2018 China Dream season which is a unique celebration of our links with China and will see the city work with some of the best artists, musicians and performers from the Far East.

“The season has already got off to an incredible start with the arrival of the breath-taking Terracotta Warriors, and the thousands of Chinese lanterns adorning our city centre streets and buildings bathed in red means there is a real buzz ahead of our Chinese New Year celebrations this weekend.

“I’d like to thank Stagecoach for their support and we look forward to working with them on a whole host of exciting projects throughout 2018.”

Head of Commercial and Marketing at Culture Liverpool, Sue Finnegan, said: “We’re thrilled to announce Stagecoach as an Official Sponsor of the China Dream season. As a key city stakeholder and with Stagecoach’s excellent position in serving our Chinese community, we’re excited to use our China Dream partnership as a means to build on Liverpool’s strong relations with China, as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary since European Capital of Culture 2008. We see this as a very important long term strategic partnership with one of Liverpool’s great transport providers.”

For information on the full season visit  and Follow the conversation using the hashtags: #ChinaDream, #中国梦 and #Liverpool2018.

Liverpool 2018 Programme

Ten years since its game-changing year as European Capital of Culture, Liverpool is marking the milestone with a programme of exciting, inspirational and thought-provoking projects which will shine an international spotlight onto the incredible cultural hub this city has become. Bringing together international artists, performers and homegrown talent which has emerged over the last decade, more than 40 events and festivals will take place in and across the city region, including firsts, one-off spectacles and some returning, crowd-pulling favourites. The programme brings together the worlds of music, sport, ships, the best of Chinese art, great food and drink and even some cardboard box sculptures, and although its inspired by the huge success of 2008, Liverpool 2018 is focused on the renaissance which has transformed the region over the past decade and looks to position culture and creativity at the heart of all aspects of the city.

The Liverpool 2018 events programme is supported by the City Region Combined Authority with £5 million from the Single Investment Fund.

Organisations supporting the year are HSBC, GREAT,, University of Liverpool, Global, Liverpool BID Company, ACC Liverpool, Liverpool ONE, Albert Dock Liverpool, Merseytravel. Stagecoach, St Johns Shopping Centre, Arts Council England and CreART.

The Liverpool 2018 events programme is supported by the City Region Combined Authority with £5 million from the Single Investment Fund.

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