A view up through a tall ship's rigging

Shanty-singing and the Irish Atlantic

In honour of Liverpool Irish Festival‘s role in the Merseyside River Festival 2017 (25 June 2017), we have not only taken over the Liverpool International Music Festival stage for 5 hours (12-5pm), but we have also sought to find out more about the tremendous history of shanty-singing. Connecting with Professor Gerry Smith,  below he provides […]

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"Carpaccio of Giant African Land Snail", The Domestic Godless (detail only)

The Domestic Godless: Carpaccio of Giant African Land Snail

The Domestic Godless (Stephen Brandes, Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea) have been together since 2003. Since then, it has been their mission to explore the potential of food (its taste, presentation, history and cultural values) as a vehicle for irreverent artistic endeavour and experimentation. Through recipes, installations and public presentations The Domestic Godless employ food as […]

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Cameron McKendrick's Misterman headshot (black and white, close face portrait)

‘Misterman’ – Cameron McKendrick’s rise

The Liverpool Irish Festival strives to support emerging artists and talent. Last year, we were pleased to feature Scadán within our programme; a play that considered the role of female volunteers in the Easter Rising and Liverpool’s connection to the action. Taking place in a former warehouse space, right on the waterfront, audiences were impressed […]

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Philip Hayes with a number of his collages

Collage Creations

Liverpool based artist Philip Hayes has a collage exhibition in Unit 51 at, Baltic Creative, running from 28 November-9 December 2016. In this article we celebrate his links with the Liverpool Irish Festival and look at his use of collage to develop his thinking and help with his fight for wellbeing. Philip Hayes, a leading […]

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Bobby Sands mural (c) Stuart Borthwick

Listen to LIF

Hear the stories from LIF16 on the festival podcast. Dr Paddy Hoey has spoken to some of the key speakers at festival events to hear what they have to say about Irish history, the notion of Irish-ness, about new works and stories. Dr Stuart Borthwick talks about his love of political murals in Northern Ireland […]

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