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Next year will mark a decade since Liverpool's reign as European Capital of Culture and is set to be an exciting year for the city with plenty on offer to group visitors. 

With a calendar of major cultural moments, art, music, theatre, technology, style and sport, there’s plenty for groups to do in the city next year during a visit, be it one day or an extended trip. 

What are the highlights?  

Organisers of the 365-day long event have promised everything ‘from ancient wonders and audacious technological innovations, to maritime celebrations and musical explorations’. 

The official launch of the programme will happen on 11th January 2018, ten years to the day since the ‘People’s Opening’ which launched European Capital of Culture in 2008.  

Groups will get to see China’s First Emperor and the famous Terracotta Warriors’ in Liverpool as they visit the UK for the first time in a generation. This forms part of a major Chinese cultural celebration to include a nine-month season of cultural commissions from contemporary Chinese artists as well as a Shanghai summer time take-over at the twinned city’s famous waterfront.

Tate Liverpool will celebrate 30 years in 2018 with a host of anniversary treats including an Egon Schiele retrospective. The Liverpool Biennial will look back on 20 years of commissioning ‘cutting-edge and provocative contemporary art’ with its tenth edition by presenting visual artists from across the world over 15 weeks (dates to be confirmed).

The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta linking Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux will take place from 25th to 28th May, while the finale of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race is set to race back onto the Mersey in late July.

Further highlights include a collaboration between the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Beatles group The Bootleg Beatles who will team up for a special performance to mark the tenth birthday of the Echo Arena.

And Easter Fire at St George’s Hall will take place during the Easter holidays, creating ‘a world of fire, entertainment and gastronomy’.

For more information on already released projects and to help plan your group visit to Liverpool go to www.visitliverpool.com/2018