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]


Print - web

Competition alert!

It’s competition time! Liverpool Irish Festival and Liverpool Year of Writing seek unique and incredible stories about and by Irish people and Ireland’s influence and impact on Liverpool. We’re looking for stories that connect with this year’s Festival theme, ‘exchange‘. We want no more than 250 words and you can submit memoir, Flash Fiction, poetry, […]

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Trail - web

National Lottery Heritage Fund granted

Liverpool Irish Festival is proud to announce receipt of funding that will revive Liverpool’s historic Irish Famine Trail. After two years of preparation, the Festival has been awarded National Lottery Heritage Funds to start reviving the city’s historic Irish Famine Trail. In the coming years, the Trail’s restoration will involve local communities. It will provide […]

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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). This is a real opportunity to sell your work in to private collections, for which the Bluecoat Display Centre […]

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Detail from still of Granada Reports broadcast, 17 Feb 2018

MP strives for HM Government to acknowledge forced repatriations

In Liverpool, many of us are aware of the forced repatriation of hundreds of Chinese seaman in the 1940s. We have stumbled over community stories of families left behind. We have shaken our heads at the inconcievable and overt injustice of a governmental act that denied people their fathers, husbands and friends and we have […]

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Black Lives Matter (c) Patrick Behn on Pixabay.com - web

#BlackLivesMatter: a collective reflection

Context Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium (LARC) and Creative Organisations of Liverpool (COoL*) together represent over 30 cultural organisations in the City Region. Both groups are committed to racial justice and to making meaningful change within their member organisations and in the work they do. Reflecting on the past year, we are now issuing the following […]

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_MG_2973 - web

#GlobalGreening 2021 and St Patrick’s Day

Each year, the Liverpool Irish Festival seeks the support of city centre and regional landmarks to turn emerald in honour of St Patrick’s Day. #GlobalGreening was set up by Tourism Ireland and operates internationally. International sites have included: Sydney, Venice, Milan, Hong Kong and Washington DC -and many more- celebrating Irish communities across the world. […]

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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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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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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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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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