For some people reading this article, the name of the Liverpool Biennial may sound familiar. However others may be unfamiliar with it, which is why I have decided to shed a light on the good work the Biennial does for the city.
Liverpool Biennial is the biggest free festival of contemporary art in the UK. By holding events across the city over a 14 week period, the purpose of the festival is to promote the latest artworks and community projects. This features both national and international artists and is focused on contemporary visual art, which are displayed in Liverpool’s museums, cultural landmarks and galleries.
This year, the festival is being held from 9th July to 16th October, which promises to be another exciting occasion for Liverpool. If you are interested, you can find out more information here.
Since its launch in 1999, the Liverpool Biennial has provided a massive boost to Liverpool’s economy, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city. This has not only helped Liverpool in becoming a popular tourist destination, but it has also given opportunities for artists to create and express their works to a wider audience.
So what has the Liverpool Biennial done for the city? To answer this, I have listed some of the benefits below, which provide a snapshot of the festival’s positive impact on Liverpool.
- The festival has presented work from 400 artists from 72 countries since 1999.
- From 2004 to 2014 the economic impact of the Liverpool Biennial has generated £119.6m for the city.
- Liverpool Biennial has commissioned over 200 artworks.
- The festival also runs education programmes with schools, communities and other organisations from the public and private sectors.
- In 2014, there were 877,000 visitors who attended the festival.
The Liverpool Biennial is more than just about attracting and entertaining visitors through art and culture. This is because the festival plays an important role in promoting Liverpool, both as a successful city and brand, to the UK and the rest of the world. The Biennial achieves this through not only through hard work and commitment, but also from support and sponsorship from organisations and businesses.
Through my time working and exploring the city, I have grown to appreciate Liverpool’s art and culture. From the Albert Dock, to the Walker Art Gallery, there is so much to see and do in Liverpool, which makes me feel very proud of my city. I appreciate and salute the fine work that Liverpool Biennial does, and I hope they continue to do so.