Latest reports claim that cultural events raked in as much as £55 million to the city’s local economy in 2014, securing 1,500 jobs.
The review, presented to the Culture and Tourism Select Committee, examined the achievements of Liverpool city council’s culture department; responsible for events, attracting sponsors, maintaining Tourist Information Centres, the Cruise Liner Terminal, Liverpool Film Office and the running of St George’s Hall and Liverpool Town Hall.
The report found that three of 2014’s major events – namely the Memories of August 1914, International Mersey River Festival (including Music on the Waterfront), and Liverpool International Music Festival – brought in 1.4 million people, with 173,000 coming from outside the North West region and 34,000 from overseas.
Councillor Wendy Simon, assistant mayor and cabinet member for culture at Liverpool City Council, said:
“We always knew that 2014 would be a big year in terms of events with the return of the giants, but it’s reassuring to see other parts of the culture portfolio thrive.
“Cruise liner visits are on the increase, more people than ever are choosing to get married in the city gem that is St George’s Hall and we’re continuing to support our local and grassroots arts organisations which are an essential part of this city’s cultural fabric.”
Words: Peter Cribley