by findingDulcinea Staff
Britain’s gateway to the Atlantic, Liverpool is home to a rich maritime and mercantile history, the winningest soccer club in England, and the most popular band in history. In 2008, it has the honor of being a European Capital of Culture, and it will use the year to show off its art, music, theater, literature, and architecture to the world.
Liverpool is one of the 2008 European Capitals of Culture, which gives cities an opportunity to celebrate themselves with throngs of visitors. Learn about Liverpool’s arts and culture and check the events schedule to see how Liverpool will be celebrating the year.
Built in 1846, the Albert Dock was an engineering marvel and the first fireproof, enclosed, dock warehouse in the world. Today it is the center of Liverpudlian culture, home to a collection of museums, hotels, shops, and restaurants. Included is Tate Liverpool, part of Britain’s national collection of British Art.
National Museums Liverpool is a collection of eight national museums, covering art, culture, and local and world history.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, formed in 1840, is one of the oldest concert orchestras in the world.
During the 1960s, The Beatles took the world by storm, popularizing the local Liverpool sound known as the Mersey Sound or the Merseybeat. Take a virtual tour of the Beatles Story museum, covering the life and times of Liverpool’s most famous export.
The Mersey Sound is hardly restricted to just the Beatles. Mersey Beat Nostalgia will introduce you to some of the other bands that made Liverpool famous, with biographies and streaming audio of their biggest hits.
Read historic articles from Mersey Beat, a magazine that covered Liverpool’s music scene during the 1960s, as well as letters written to the magazine from the Beatles themselves.
Liverpool is home to two English Premier League football clubs, Liverpool and Everton. Though both teams are fiercely supported, the five-time European champion, Liverpool F.C., is by far the more popular and successful team. Sing along with Liverpool fans at Anfield as they belt their team’s anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone.