Liverpool – European City of Culture 2008

Liverpool is gearing up for the glare of the cultural spotlight as it’ll be the 2008 European Capital of Culture. It’s been voted one of the top 10 must see destinations in 2008 by Expedia.
Liverpool at night by JochenB

The concept of the “Capital of Culture” was launched by the European Union in 1985 to allow the designated city to showcase it’s cultural offerings and often accompanying a planned change in image and perception of the city. Glasgow’s 1990 stint as a city of culture, certainly did a lot to enhance the city’s shift away for it’s rough, grimy industrial image.

I was last in Liverpool about 6 years ago. Do you think you’ll be more likely to go there because of the Capital of Culture publicity and events? I agree with James Collard when he comments that going for a weekend break in Liverpool doesn’t quite have the same enticing ring of destinations such as Barcelona or Berlin. However I’m a great believer that many UK residents too readily dismiss the UK for short breaks and holidays. The first reaction for a leisure trip is to jump on a plane, fueled by the availability of cheap flights. Even if the flight is cheap you’re still going to spend the best part of two days out of a short break getting to the airport, checking in, hanging around the airport, waiting for luggage and then the final leg to your destination, all to be repeated a couple of days later.

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