Festival Review 2020 has arrived

Clicking the Issuu link above will allow you to scroll through an online ‘magazine’ version of the Review, however, tables and figures don’t present very well in the onscreen version. If you prefer, you can download a PDF of Festival Review 2020, here.

Since 2016, the Liverpool Irish Festival has written an in depth review of the year before (an annual report, if you will). The review focusses on the reach, range and experience its work provides. It has become a critical tool for understanding our workand weak points. Whilst we are extremely proud of our work, we know there is more to learn. This helps us do that.

For instance, in 2019 we connected with over 35,000 people and in 2018, we reached 32 of 40 residential post codes in Liverpool. Which are the eight missing and how can we address this? Why do we attract more women than men and is this bad thing? We managed a press reach of over 20m for two years, which dropped in 2020 – how and why?

Front covers of Festival Reviews

Front covers of Festival Reviews

If you would like to discuss anything from any of our Festival Reviews, please contact us on [email protected]


 

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Finding Bridget

Maz O’Connor came to the Festival’s attention in 2018 when she discovered and shared the history she had unearthed about her family’s Irish connections. Those findings inspired her next album, Chosen Daughter and a feature we ran (article on page 24). Maz played as part of our Visible Women in 2019 and last year, told […]

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Quarantine – a response

We began work with Alison Little in 2016 when we first launched our In:Visible Women programme. A Liverpool based artist, activist and educator, Alison’s work layers texture and printed evidence against abuse and empowerment. Following on from the in memoriam work the Festival did with Eavan Boland’s poem Quarantine in 2020, Alison has created a […]

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Retrospective future gazers

Sub-title: A quick, short, and linear exercise to map the Royal Charter’s failed-return to Liverpool against the history of weather forecasting. <<<During lockdown, Derry-based Hong Konger, artist Edy Fung has used weather to help motivate her working cycles. In doing so, she has studied meteorological history, finding links between Derry and Liverpool. Edy’s generated an […]

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Operation Nollaig community cards

Write your first Christmas card to a stranger… The Liverpool Irish community has within it isolated members, who -particularly in lockdown- have few contacts or digital interactivity to rely on. Help us let them know they are being thought about this festive season by sending them a Christmas card using our CARA service. We have […]

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Creative commission for Irish led work

This comission is now closed and an artist selection has been made. More will follow as we get closer to #LIF2021. Gael Linn and An tUltach and have partnered with the Liverpool Irish Festival to create a one-off, £1,000 creative commission that celebrates Irish language and folklore. The resulting work will form part of Liverpool […]

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Cú Chulainn - Setanta composite - (c) Dara Vallely, photo Bryan Rutledge

The Boyhood Deeds of Cú Chulainn

The Boyhood Deeds of Cú Chulainn; Setanta Last year, we introduced The Armagh Rhymers to Liverpool who wowed with their ‘mumming’ and folkloric stories shared with families of all ages. Dara Vallely, one of The Armagh Rhymers top-bods, introduced us to Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, and together we hoped to run events this year, creating new […]

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Irish Film London launches podcast

Irish Film London launches Podcast Series and extends Irish Film From Home Platform. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to push many film festivals to cancel or move temporarily online, Irish Film London (IFL) has chosen a unique direction for autumn 2020. The not-for-profit Irish film organisation, based in London, has already proved that it can […]

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Irish Famine memorial tablets

Lockdown Lights: The Simmy

In solitude I came at last on this exhausted ground, Of tarmac, stone and railing Where sandstone pillars bear quiet testament To this abandoned field. Sweet soil, that once gave birth to daffodils and snowdrops To mark each year the hope of spring. Now you lie trampled underfoot and barren To hold on our behalf […]

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Lockdown Lights: A reading list

During lockdown we’ve kept chatting with Sefton Park Palm House, continuing from our fundraiser last year, through #GlobalGreening in March to today. Over that time, the Palm Readers group has taken on new meaning; connecting readers and friends and providing opportunities for people to escape in to other worlds via the book selections they make. […]

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Lockdown Lights: Eavann Boland tribute

Celebrated poet Eavann Boland passed away during 2020. To mark her passing and to the reflect the Coronavirus lockdown reegulations, we selected her poem, Quarantine, as one of two poems we asked people to record themselves reading and send back to us. The followin film was presented and debuted at the Festival’s digital #LIF2020 launch […]

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Lockdown Lights: We Must Create

As part of our Lockdown Lights project, we selected two poems and invited people to record themselves reading them, so we could geneate a film, to share as part of this year’s digtal launch. Active, positive and full of creative hope, Stephen James Smith’s poem We Must Create was selected in counterpoint to Eavann Bolanf’s […]

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