Liverpool Against Racism Festival

Liverpool Against Racism Festival

23 – 30 April 2022

Championed by the Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson, Liverpool Against Racism (LAR) features specially commissioned music and cultural events which will stimulate a conversation about, and action against, racism. With a focus on community cohesion, it will act as a platform for people and organisations to creatively respond to hate crime.

From Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 April you can take part in a series of live talks and debates as well as music and cultural events taking place across the city. The festival features a diverse line up of local, national and international individuals and organisations who are invested in the charge for change.

The ambition for LAR is to set Liverpool apart as a city that doesn’t shy away from addressing the issue of racism and to celebrate diversity in all of its forms.

To see the line up in full and book tickets visit the Culture Liverpool website:


Music Day

Sunday 24 April 

The Liverpool Against Racism programme kicks-off with an impressive one-day music showcase which will take over venues in the Baltic area of the city. Camp & Furnace, District and 24 Kitchen Street will play host to some incredible Liverpool acts including The Christians, The Farm, John Power, Greg Wilson, LÅPSLEY and Sense of Sound all forming part of the 40+ strong line-up


Tuesday 26 April 2022

The latest addition to the Liverpool skyline, The Spine, will be host to a boundary-pushing in-person conference that will feature local, national and international contributors from the world of media, sport, fashion, business and education who will passionately share their thoughts, experiences and advice in addressing racial and social inequalities, and debate what meaningful change really looks like. British historian David Olusoga OBE, leading diversity and inclusion consultant Dr Joanna Abeyie MBE and American author and journalist Kevin Powell will join Mayor Joanne Anderson as the day’s keynote speakers. ‘In Conversation’ sessions, workshops and presentations will be led by contributors such as TV presenter Charlene White and former boxing champion Tony Bellew. There will also be representatives from the likes of Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs as well as leading diversity, inclusion and equality practitioners.

Youth Empower Conference

Friday 29 April 2022

In partnership with the Anthony Walker Foundation and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), a Youth Summit will take place at LJMU Student Union on Friday 29 April, in collaboration with the Equality & Outreach Teams. Teenagers from across the city will engage in open and frank discussions, exploring what racism means to them, get a chance to speak to championship boxer Natasha Jonas and have the opportunity to creatively articulate themselves and their thoughts around Anti-Racism through a variety of creative workshops.

Partner Events

24 – 30 April 2022

Throughout the Liverpool Against Racism Festival, cultural organisations from across the city will support the week of events by staging their own activities – which range from walking tours and poetry workshops right through to skating festivals and talks around understanding the Liverpool’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.

Read The Atkinson’s race equality statement here.

Posted on 22 April 2022 under General news

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