China Dream with Liverpool 2018

China Dream with Liverpool 2018

China Dream

10 years on from being awarded European Capital of Culture, Liverpool is bringing a host of incredible events throughout the year to the city. Kicking off Liverpool2018 is China Dream: Contemporary Chinese Arts x Liverpool. This eight month season will take place from February to October, illuminating the city with the most vibrant arts and culture from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and shining a light on leading contemporary artists as the city plays host to one of the country’s most iconic artefacts : China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors. 

Charioteer © Mr. Ziyu Qiu

Credit: Charioteer © Mr. Ziyu Qiu.

PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art

9 February - 3 June 2018

Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday 10am-5pm (*extended opening times during school holidays)

St Georges Hall

PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art, will feature work from 19 of the most exciting emerging and established artists who hail from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the diaspora. Part of the University of Salford’s collection, it coincides with the hotly-anticipated China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition at World Museum and sheds light on the work of leading Chinese artists today. 



Terracotta Warriors at World Museum Liverpool

9 February - 28 October 2018

China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors features more than 180 spectacular artefacts from museums across Shaanxi Province, more than half of which have never been on show in the UK before.

This is an unmissable opportunity to see some of China’s finest national treasures. Visitors will come face to face with the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors, including a life-size terracotta horse, as well as other exquisite objects from the Emperor’s vast burial complex. Objects from the Han Dynasty will explore ancient Chinese lifestyle, the economic prosperity of the empire and beautifully crafted artefacts from royal burials.

Full details of prices and how to book tickets can be found at



Chinese New Year 2018

Friday 15 – Sunday 18 February

Friday & Saturday 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Sunday – 11.30am – 7pm

Chinatown, Liverpool

Liverpool will celebrate the Year of the Dog with a 3-day celebration on Friday 16 – Sunday 18 February in Chinatown

Continuing 2017’s story of the ancient and mythical Jingwei bird, this year’s projections will tell the story of Jingwei & the Ocean. The tale follows the story of Jingwei and the arrival and development of the Chinese communities across the UK and Liverpool.

The traditional celebrations will take place in Great George Square on Sunday 16 February with a series of street performances, family workshops, art installations, parades and of course the popular Chinese market on George Street selling gifts, souvenirs and mouth-watering food!

Full event listings can be found at

 Chinese New Year Liverpool

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Eroica

8 & 9 February 2018

Liverpool Philharmonic Halls

The Great Chinese-born cellist, Jian Wang brings his special brand of poetry to bear on two of Tchaikovsky’s mini-masterpieces. playing Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile with Long Yu and China Philharmonic Orchestra 

Beethoven’s Eroica symphony is the music of revolution: two centuries on, classical music is still feeling the aftershock! So imagine the energy when conductor Julian Rachlin – an artist who, says the Liverpool Echo, is “capable of turning an interesting programme into an astonishing one” – tackles this most radical of all symphonies!

The shows are promised to make history and are not ones to be missed!

Thursday 8 February show begins at 7.30pm and tickets are available here.

Friday 9 February show begins at 1.30pm and tickets are available here.



Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity

6 April – 17 June 2018

Open Eye Gallery presents Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity, an exhibition examining the modern role of photography and the rapidly transforming digital culture.

As part of Liverpool 2018’s China Dream season, Snapshot to WeChat presents three projects, each examining the modern role of photography and casting some light on life in a rapidly transforming culture.

Snapshot to WeChat is at Open Eye Gallery from 6 April to 17 June. It is delivered in partnership with Culture Liverpool’s China Dream: Contemporary Chinese Arts x Liverpool.


NOW: Moving Image by Chinese Contemporary Female Artists

7 March & 21 March

FACT, Liverpool

NOW is a collaborative programme aimed  around the role of female contemporary artists in present day China. 

Through a series of exhibitions, commissions and events, NOW explores how the diversity of current female artistic practice transcends notions of gender difference to offer perspectives on the socio-political environment and how societal change have opened new, transcultural, possibilities for female artists working today.



China Dream: Contemporary Chinese Arts x Liverpool is a celebration of a new relationship between China and the UK and Liverpool and Shanghai. This creative season will use the backdrop of the most iconic cultural artefacts to present the best and contemporary and emerging Chinese arts, culture and music. 

You can find out more about China Dream and the Liverpool 2018 programme here