Front covers of Festival Reviews

Front covers of Festival Reviews

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 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 26m – how?

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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Top family fun for half term in Liverpool

Liverpool Irish Festival coincides with half term in Liverpool this year, and there’s plenty to do with families this year. It’s the 60th birthday of Liverpool Comhaltas, celebrating Irish culture and heritage, there’s films, the annual family day at the museum, children’s author Carmel Kelly, a special family weekend and, of course, the rip-roaring Liverpool […]

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Burke No 10 The market (1)

A new history of the Liverpool Irish

A new book on the history of Liverpool Irish will launch at LIF2017. ‘In Hardship and Hope’ by Greg Quiery tells a narrative history of one of the largest European migrations in modern history and how Irish culture has shaped Liverpool. Liverpool’s Irish heritage is well known. A large proportion of the city’s inhabitants boast […]

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Ailbhe Reddy Press Shot

In:Visible Women – let’s talk about women

A new strand at Liverpool Irish Festival gives a platform to the voice of women in art, academia, political debate and history. Exploring the issues women face in the UK and Ireland, both historically and in contemporary society, the strand will see key events focusing on different discussions and encouraging the audience to reflect on […]

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Sorcha Brooks, Pamela Flanagan as Pegeen and Aileen in Body & Blood (c) Unclouded Moon Productions (web)

No farmer wants a barren wife

What is a wife without a child? Incomplete? Worthless? Childless – or childfree? In rural Ireland in the 1950s such a woman would almost certainly have been scorned as “barren” and her husband would have been within his rights to pack her bags and send her back to her family in disgrace. This is the […]

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Jane 1 006 (web; detail only) (c) Alison Little

Jane

Jane was commissioned by the Liverpool Irish Festival, from artist Alison Little, as a contribution to its work about In:Visible Women. It is a fictional piece of writing, created to help readers consider the effects of sexual violence towards women. Although it will echo some experiences, it is not ‘the definitive story’, nor is it […]

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Fish Curry by Abhishek Verma

LivIrishFest2017 to host inaugural Celtic Animation Film Festival

Liverpool Irish Festival is to host the inaugural Celtic Animation Film Festival this October, celebrating established animators of Celtic heritage and emerging animators from around the world. As part of the festival, there is also a new Celtic Animation Film competition, showcasing short animated films made in Liverpool, Ireland or other Celtic regions. The film […]

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DJ Arveen Juthan interviews London Irish man, Derek.

Deserted Island Discs – a support for islanders

In May 2017, the Liverpool Irish Festival were delighted to be able to attend the Irish Government’s Global Forum; a conference that brought together organisations from around the world that support the Irish Diaspora. As well as meeting people from the Irish Centre in New York, social workers from Australia and many more besides, we […]

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The Breath (c) York Tillyer - 4 members, sat onteh floor in front of a large arched window

LIF2017 asks – what does it mean to be Irish?

Liverpool Irish Festival returns for its 15th year this October.  Liverpool Irish Festival is the only arts and culture led Irish festival in the UK platforming an incredible array of art, culture, performance, film, music, literature, food and drink, talks and tours It runs for 10 days between Thurs 19-Sun 29 October 2017 at venues […]

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Dave O'Grady- (c) John Johnson

Seafoam Green creative call for poster design

Interested in poster design? Are you a great artist, illustrator or creator? Do you want to be seen all over Liverpool in connection with the Liverpool Irish Festival and an internationally renowned music talent? Yes? Then this is the call for you! In partnership with Mellowtone, the Liverpool Irish Festival seeks a lead image to […]

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Captured by www.jasonwells.co.uk

Men wanted for comedy course that improves mental health

Mental health may seem like a buzz phrase today, but in the UK, suicide is one of the biggest killers of men aged between 25 and 44. Male suicide runs at three times the national average of female suicide (based on ONS figures) and is a cause of great concern, not just for hospitals and […]

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Still from 'Five Fables' (c) Flickerpix, 2014

Celtic Animation Film Festival competition call

The Liverpool Irish Festival is proud to be supporting the inaugural Celtic Animation Film Festival, which will feature as part of this year’s programme, showcasing creative ingenuity and stories from and about Celtic life. The main focus of this festival-within-a-festival will take place 22 October* 2017 and will involve screenings, talks and awards. Below is […]

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A view up through a tall ship's rigging

Shanty-singing and the Irish Atlantic

In honour of Liverpool Irish Festival‘s role in the Merseyside River Festival 2017 (25 June 2017), we have not only taken over the Liverpool International Music Festival stage for 5 hours (12-5pm), but we have also sought to find out more about the tremendous history of shanty-singing. Connecting with Professor Gerry Smith,  below he provides […]

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