"Having achieved prosperity through the slave trade, Liverpool underwent its first major rebranding exercise following abolition of the trade in 1807.
"Thenceforth, visiting seamen from the black Atlantic and beyond mixed with British sailors, creating new forms of cultural contact and producing many exotic travellers' tales which are still heard today.
"The success of the city's renaissance will depend upon its ability to restore its former cosmopolitan and bohemian complexions."
Cosmopolitan Liverpool - Still the World in One City? is on Wednesday, July 19, at 6pm. Entry is free.
Last time I saw Rufus Wainwright he was dressed as Verdi (or perhaps it was Puccini?) and holding court in the bar of the Palace Theatre over in Manchester where his opera Prima Donna was being premiered....