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]


 

Stephen James Smith - web edit

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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Siubhan Macauley-On the dock-web

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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Exchange Flags-web

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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Shenanigans

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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Vincent Finn - front cover photo-web

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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Mary Hickman - Auntie Joan - PHOTO-2020-09-13-13-55-06-web

Lockdown Lights: Auntie Joan

In memoriam Auntie Joan (Joan Boyce) I can’t remember a time Joan was not in my life, she is in so many of my significant memories. Being her bridesmaid when I was six, with my sister and cousin. Many visits to see her where she and Uncle John first set up home,in The Nook, Ullet […]

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ACE HereForCulture

Here for Culture

The Liverpool Irish Festival are pleased to anounce that we have been awarded Cultural Recovery Funding from Arts Council England, under a project they have labelled ‘Here for Culture’. In 2020, we have made almost 20 funding applications, far higher than we would normally make. Before today’s news, just five had been partially successful, so […]

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Patrick Kielty

Liverpool Irish Festival 15-25 October

Ten days of music, performance and conversation shifts online for 2020 Patrick Kielty spearheads programme exploring theme of “exchange”. Liverpool Irish Festival returns with a virtual programme in 2020, celebrating the connections between Liverpool and Ireland. In a year of change and turbulence, the Festival explores exchange through art, conversation, music and history, how it […]

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Fundraising-web

CARA

As Coronavirus swept the globe and organisations planned what their next steps would be, a new Liverpool network of Irish service providers emegered called CARA. Spearhaded by colleagues at Irish Community Care, numerous organisations came together to reach in to communities to make sure we and they were networked, supported and heard. The exchanges this […]

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Mike Byrne An Easy Setting 45x26x14cm

In the Window: Mike Byrne

Annually, the Liverpool Irish Festival sets a theme and a creative brief. We work with partners to develop work and engage artists. Bluecoat Display Centre has been a key player in developing design and craft in Liverpool, nationally and internationally, since the 1950s. Who better then to partner with each year to find an Irish talent? […]

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Irish in Britain-Culture forum screen grab-web

Irish in Britain

Brian Dalton is the CEO of Irish in Britain, a membership agency representing Irish communities across the country, at local and national level. In recent months, our organisational exchanges have been based on shared advocacy, cultural collaboration and having Irishness understood properly within the context of policy, funding and BAME. On a more personal level, […]

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Mrs Shaw Herself -web edit

The Strangest of Irish love stories

In:Visible Women have long been a focus of the Festival. We’ve seen many unveiled over the years; often the equally strong partner of a famous man (such as Constance Markievicz or Maude Gonne). Alternatively, they have had their light diminished because they did not fit the social-stereotype (Eva Gore-Boothe) or threatened the patriarchal order (Kitty […]

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