This October the Liverpool Irish Festival returns, celebrating the finest in contemporary and traditional Irish culture and Liverpool’s unique relationship with Ireland.

Over the past decade we’ve invited thousands of artists to come and celebrate our cultural connections. Last year we bookended the festival with two stunning performances; the exuberant and vibrant Moxie, a young Irish five piece, who kicked us off and we closed with the beautiful enchanting sounds of The Gloaming.

In music we bring sounds from both the modern and classic palette of Ireland, from folk and trad through to electronica and urban.

Our visual arts exhibitions feature exciting emerging and established artists from both Liverpool and Ireland, responding to and reflecting life in both places. We showcase the best in new film from Ireland with ongoing partnerships with Picturehouse at FACT and IndieCork.

Food and drink has become a bigger part of the festival in recent years and we’re building relationships with the best distillers and brewers across Ireland.

In terms of performance each year we have our traditional ceilidh as well as new theatre productions.

Expect new talks and tours, music and dance, art and animation, literature, sessions and smiles for all the family.

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Our Festival partners in 2015 include Liverpool Philharmonic, Picturehouse at FACT, Bluecoat, Liverpool Music Week, Unity Theatre, St. Michael’s Irish Centre, Liverpool John Moores University, Museum of Liverpool and the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies plus many many more.

Thank you to all our supporters, from partners to funders as well as our friends who come to the festival each year!