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City to build on culture legacy

A man examines a Gustav Klimt painting
Tate Liverpool was one of the most popular venues last year

A programme of more than 100 free events are to be held in Liverpool to build on the success of its year as European Capital of Culture.

The 2009 plans include the On The Waterfront festival to reflect the city's connection to New York and a public art event in the winter.

The council's new team Culture Liverpool is behind the events.

The 2008 culture year is estimated to have generated about £800m for the regional economy.

As well as new events, there will be artistic commissions attached to some of the city's celebrated free outdoor festivals.

HUB Life and HUB Night, a new week-long fringe festival for the UK's biggest free extreme sports event, in May, has been overhauled.

Liverpool's Lord Mayor's Pageant is to be car-free and will go on a new route.

'Forever cultural'

Mathew Street Festival's Fringe Festival is also to be expanded in August.

Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said: ''Delivering '08 was a huge challenge but the real test is maintaining momentum and these highlights show it is going to pass it with flying colours.

"To be offering so much free culture, that no UK city is even attempting, speaks volumes for the way the city's cultural sector works together.

"It shows the momentum of '08 will never be lost and Liverpool will forever be a cultural capital.''

Other events include major art exhibitions at Tate and Bluecoat, a bell-ringing interpretation of John Lennon's Imagine at the Anglican Cathedral and a free Royal Opera House screening of the Barber of Seville in July.

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