Festival Review 2019 has arrived

Clicking the Issuu link above will allow you to scroll through an oline magazine version of the Review. If you prefer, you can download a PDF of Festival Review 2019, 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. This is a critical document for understanding our work, who we reach and where our weak points are. Whilst we are extremely proud of the work we do, we know there is always 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’ve managed a press reach of over 20m for two years – how?

Front covers of Festival Reviews

Front covers of Festival Reviews

Below you will find links to the reviews we have written, complete with feedback from audiences. We use these documents with our funders, stakeholders and partners. They show the range of information we collect and work we undertake to understand you and impact our work has.

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


 

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Creative commission for Irish led work

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 Irish Festival 2021 (21-31 Oct 2021). Our initial deadline for proposals is 31 Jan 2021. What we want Our focus will […]

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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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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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Lockdown Lights: A reflection…

Siubhán Macauley – A reflection… Lifting, carrying, hoisting, heaving, we were mid-move when Boris Johnson announced the UK-wide lockdown on account of the coronavirus. Settlers, we made new turf our own, and filled our áít shona nua with colour, kindness, curries. There is no one good word for my community. It hasn’t filled the corners […]

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Lockdown Lights: On Exchange Flags

Back in old glory days, long since forgotten, The flags here were smothered in snowy white cotton. Soft as a carpet beneath merchant feet King Cotton was plenty, King Cotton was cheap It came by the Mersey, it came by the seas By white canvass aloft in the westering breeze. By Liverpool sailors, nimble and yar Tough […]

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Lockdown Lights: Shenanigans Guinness takeaway

Shenanigans Liverpool is an independent Irish bar in Liverpool’s business district, known for its warm friendly welcome, quality drinks, live music and sports. They are back open now, serving delicious food and beverages, including briliant breakfasts and takeaway drinks. You can book a table by DMing the team or emailing [email protected] Follow their social media […]

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Lockdown Lights: Vin Finn

Vincent Finn In memoriam The recent passing of Vin Finn was a heavy loss for the Liverpool Irish community. Vin took a great interest in Irish music, and was a stalwart of the Festival for many years. Those who have attended the history walks will have encountered Vin, taking care of registration, managing the mike, […]

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