This October the Liverpool Irish Festival returns, celebrating the finest in contemporary and traditional Irish culture and Liverpool’s unique relationship with Ireland. This year it’s bigger than ever with ten jam-packed days for you to enjoy.

We’ll have the English première of Seamus Heaney’s final animated works as well as a celebration of Gaelic football with the first Liverpool Irish Festival Cup.

Our music programme will be headlined by the enchanting sounds of The Gloaming as well as exciting performances by Moxie, a young Irish five-piece inspiring us with their new palette of Irish music, and the award winning We Banjo 3 with their extraordinary spin on Irish and old-time bluegrass music and song.

We have the traditional ceilidh for the dancers, a handpicked selection of cutting-edge Irish animation and film at FACT, and Ireland’s finest contemporary poets will be in performance. There are visual arts exhibitions featuring work from young contemporary Irish and Liverpool artists, a whiskey tasting with a master distiller and food from all corners of Ireland. Expect new talks and tours, music and dance, art and animation, literature, sessions and smiles for all the family.

Stay tuned. Tickets are available now for The Gloaming, Moxie and We Banjo 3. We’ll announce when tickets are on sale for the rest of our programme very soon. Our exciting full programme will be unveiled in September.

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Our Festival partners in 2014 include Liverpool Philharmonic, Picturehouse at FACT, the Bluecoat, Liverpool Community College, St. Michael’s Irish Centre, Liverpool John Moores University, Museum of Liverpool and the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies plus and many, many more.