The Mayoral Club is an exclusive business initiative for Liverpool, which fosters a symbiotic ecosystem between the public and private sectors to collectively drive the cultural agenda of the city.
The importance of culture to a city’s economy, well-being and regeneration is something that Liverpool is intimately aware of. Investing in a city’s renaissance is a rare opportunity, and becoming a member of the Mayoral Club unlocks many opportunities to connect, create and collaborate with key stakeholders and decision makers, network with international business leaders, engage staff, build relationships and develop strategic business objectives and corporate social responsibilities.
Set up by Joe Anderson OBE, Mayor of Liverpool, the Mayoral Club embodies the unique, cultural identity of Liverpool and represents its creativity, ambition and openness to the local and global business community. In our current climate, the future for arts and culture is not entirely bright, yet, every day we witness the profound impact culture has – from the engagement to the economical. Therefore, it is of high importance that we continue to encourage it.
To do so, this unique network reinvests and sustains Liverpool’s cultural agenda through funds retained from memberships. City-wide events such as Mersey River Festival would not grace our UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront if not for the investments provided by Mayoral Club Members. As ambassadors and advocates for this kind of activity, Culture Liverpool is able to ensure our fantastic city remains on the global stage.
In 2018, alongside a show-stopping, ten-year celebration of becoming European Capital of Culture in 2008, Mayoral Club became the tangible link between business and culture, invading the silo that exists between sectors, and developing an ecosystem of culturally invested businesses. Through high profile events, influential networking opportunities and a dedicated, personable approach, relationships have been strengthened, businesses have flourished and the cultural activity around Liverpool and the City Region has been nothing short of spectacular.
2019 will see a continuation of creating and celebrating opportunity, underpinned by the 20th anniversary of the city twinning with Shanghai. It is this year we will focus on international relationships and cultural exchanges, evolving Liverpool’s renaissance through collaborations. Our ‘Who Runs the World’ season will shine a spotlight on inspirational, trailblazing women, we will host the Netball World Cup and pay homage to our female leaders in the arts, sciences, business, sport and politics. During this season, Liverpool will be the first in the world to showcase the largest number of internationally renowned women-focused exhibitions in any one place. Alongside these, there will be a host of events taking place to commend our UNESCO World City of Music status, and not forgetting Fete le Vin Bordeaux Wine Festival, Mersey River Festival and River of Light – set against the backdrop of our breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.