Liverpool takes culture plans to Brussels

From the Liverpool Culture Company…

The Liverpool Culture Company is taking its plans for 2008 to the heart of Europe.

On Wednesday (November 23rd), culture and city council chiefs will host a high-profile reception in Brussels to launch its Business Plan in front of an influential European audience.

The Liverpool Culture Company’s artistic director, Robyn Archer will outline the city’s ambitions for a stunning Capital of Culture year to MEP’s and top European Commission officials. The TV celebrity chef, and Deputy Chairman of the culture company, Loyd Grossman, will be hosting the event

The 400 guests will be treated to a taste of Liverpool’s outstanding cultural talent, with a performance by musical ensemble, Tarang, who will play a selection of north and south Indian music. Tarang is part of Milap Festival trust, which was launched in the city ten years ago as a music festival and has since developed into a regional and national force in South Asian arts.

The Business Plan details how a massive £95m is to be spent on the 2008 celebrations – one of the biggest amounts ever spent by a Capital of Culture city. More than 90 per cent of the funding needed has already been secured, including a major contribution from private companies. The budget allocates £26m for investment in stunning art and cultural venues in the city, while £12m is to be spent on promoting Liverpool as a premier European city to a national and international audience.

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