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]


 

Migrant exchanges

Migrant exchanges

Over the years, the Liverpool Irish Festival has considered Irishness in terms of creative legacy and production. We have investigated Irishness via dual-heritage lives; the genetic make-up of the city; historic migration and contemporary identity theory (post-Brexit). Though we have discussed migration and migrants a lot -including causes, diaspora groups and long-term effects- we have […]

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In the Window

In the Window 2021 – a craft and design call

This is an exciting opportunity for an Irish maker (emerging or established) to display their work, for one month In the Window at the Bluecoat Display Centre as part of Liverpool Irish Festival 2021 (aka #LIF2020). We invite designers and applied artists to submit work related to the Festival theme of “exchange” (more here), to […]

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Andy Connally-web

Ireland to Liverpool

The Festival has always dreamed of having its own theme song. A tune that helps to tell our story; reflect our creativity and honour the people we serve. We thought we could use a song at the start of events -online and inperson; use it on adverts and mini-films we make for celebration days, and […]

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Language-web

Is the Irish language alive in Liverpool?

Many of you will have read campaigns about the Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland and will have views on national languages being spoken at home and abroad. Language itself can be a contentious subject; politicised and exclusionary for some, but ‘mother languages’ often transport people to happy places; to a loved one’s voice and […]

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Group-web

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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Alison Little - Quarantine - web

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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CARA lead image - LIF web

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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Jackie Ramirez marionette-1882997_web - with arrow

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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IFL LIV-web

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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