08 Liverpool Facts – Events

Mathew Street FestivalAttraction: Mathew Street Music Festival on August Bank Holiday weekend is a celebration of music – both past and present.

Community: More than 70,000 people will participate in events celebrating African, Arab, Irish and multi-faith to Gay and Lesbian communities funded by the Liverpool Culture Company in 2006.

Face: John Lennon Airport – the fastest-growing airport in Europe welcomes more than 4.5 million people a year. 

Fact: £16.2 million will be invested in events and arts in 2008 alone.

Impact: After 2008 Liverpool's reputation as one of Europe's leading festival cities is expected to generate £200m a year in tourism spend.

New: Merseyside will host two of the next Open Championships at Royal Liverpool in 2006 and Royal Birkdale in 2008. 

Project: Liverpool Culture Company is funding youngsters to participate in the Tall Ships Races as the city prepares to host the start in 2008 which will attract over one million people.

Reason: Liverpool attracts more than two million people to its festivals alone – from the Grand National, Mathew Street Music Festival, Summer Pops and Liverpool Biennial

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