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Maz O'Connor by Elly Lucas

Wanted: theatre writer for musical theatre commission

Part of our role at the Liverpool Irish Festival is to support artists. Having been in touch since 2018, Maz O’Connor has performed as one of our ‘Visible Women’ (2019) and we are now supporting her venture into musical theatre composition.…

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The Commission for Victims and Survivors strategy survey

Since the resitting of Stormont, work has begun moving on areas of Northern Irish politics that may have seemed dormant. Prior to Covid-19, the Festival had begun discussions with the Commission for Victims and Survivors (or CVS), about their work and the Forum they hold, to discuss the legacy of The Troubles and the services that are available for those affected.…

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Culture Unconfined

Culture Unconfined – programme announcements

University of Liverpool and the Institute of Irish Studies have today announced five-day programme of cultural events. Commencing Mon 11 May, the programme focusses on film, drama, music and poetry.

To read the full news piece, click here. You can also find the programme, here.…

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CARA – a united response to Covid-19

Liverpool Irish Festival, in partnership with Irish community groups in the North West, has launched an important new programme named CARA to support our communities to stay safe, well and connected through Covid-19. Our partners include: Brian Boru Club, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, GAA (John Mitchels and Wolfe Tones), Institute of Irish Studies (University of Liverpool), Irish Community Care, Irish Community Care Manchester, Liverpool Irish Centre, Mersey Harps and Shenanigans.…

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Catherine Keenan's 'Eye Candy ' a set of 3 colourful glass sculptures

Call for Irish artists and makers

Irish artists/makers are sought for In the Window art/craft exhibit at the Bluecoat Display Centre, linked to #LIF2020 theme “exchange”. Submit product/exhibition ideas for 1 Jun 2020.

Note: We understand Coronavirus/Covid-19 *may* affect dates and timings for this exhibit, but presetnly we are living in the hope that lock-downs will have passed for October.…

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#GlobalGreening 2020

Tourism Ireland’s #GlobalGreening has taken place for 10 years. 2020 is its eleventh celebration and marks LIF‘s third year of consecutive involvement. We work with city partners to organise it and thank each of them for their support.

What’s LIF got to do with it?
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Mr and Mrs Kwok Fong (c) The Sound Agents

Liverpool Family Ties: The Irish Connection -see the film

A new documentary style short film featuring Liverpool’s Irish dual-heritage women was shown at Bluecoat to celebrate St Brigid’s Day (1 Feb 2020, click here for event link). Bridging 2019’s Festival theme of “unique stories, creatively told” and 2020’s theme “exchange”, the documentary asks interviewees to consider their heritage, Irish migration and lived-experience of Liverpool.…

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Three Christmas presents in white paper, tied with spruce decorations.

Nollaig Shona

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duit!
A Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year!

We sincerely hope that 2020 brings you a few steps closer to achieving your dreams!

Beannachtaí na féile!/Seasons greetings!

May your hearth be warm;
your table full
and your heart filled with joy
this Yuletide and New Year!…

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1919 Liverpool Race Riots – a film

During the #LIF2019 In:Visible Women week, we created interesting discussion and activities about race, working with a number of partners. The Liverpool 1919 Race Riots served as a starting point for these.

Our dual-heritage day encouraged and supported people of mixed-Irish heritage to share stories about their experiences of growing up or living in Liverpool, whilst considering their connections to Ireland (and other parts of the world), too.…

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Nights at LIF

Every year the Liverpool Irish Festival works with tens -if not hundreds- of artists, musicians and performers to bring audiences from Liverpool, the northwest, nationally and internationally a flavour of what Irish creativity like like and considers.

With work from across art forms, generations, class-systems and the diaspora, it entertains, enthralls, moves and challenges us.…

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Behind the scenes at ‘Rebels and Friends’

During #LIF2018 Liverpool Hope University Associate Professor Sonja Tiernan presented a brilliantly received talk at the International Slavery Museum about the life and activism of Countess Markievicz, one of the better-understood Irish suffragists, though still widely unrecognised in Great Britain today.

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Gradam Ceoil TG4 at LIF

Last year TG4 joined us as a sponsor. We had so much fun with them that this year we decided to amp up the work and collaborate on two specific music events: Visible Women and Gradam Ceoil (Music Awards), both taking place at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room.

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