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Dublin, Bordeaux and Liverpool joined by song

The Liverpool Irish Festival has commissioned a song – from artist Rory Moore of Strength N.I.A – as a gift to our Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta city partners; Dublin and Bordeaux. Listen to the Three Festivals Theme Radio Edit and Extended Feature below using the playlist below.

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Wellbeing Survey 2018

Improving health and wellbeing is at the centre of what many of our key partners – such as Irish Community Care and the Liverpool Irish Centre – do. As an arts and culture festival, we are aware that engaging in creativity can significantly improve both for individuals, communities and the locations they are based in.…

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In:Visible Women and the Abortion Support Network

In February the Liverpool Irish Festival attended the Irish Government’s Global Forum in Dublin. There we met Cara Sanquest from the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign. Cara has clear and communicable convictions; an intellect matched with eloquence and a crystalline ability to speak to people of all ages articulately and with compassion…in a room of international civil servants, business leaders and social welfare providers Cara’s voice stood out.…

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

4* play arrives at Liverpool Irish Festival

After receiving four-star reviews for its London premiere at the King’s Head Theatre, a new play about Irish arranged marriages transfers to the LIVERPOOL IRISH FESTIVAL 2017 for its out-of-London premiere at The Capstone Theatre.

A new act set in Ireland has been written especially for the Liverpool Irish Festival and the production company has teamed up with Merseyside folk duo Jo Pue and John Walsh, who will be playing live Irish folk as the audience enter and during the interval.…

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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 Irish Festival family ceilidh.

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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.

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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 the challenges women face.

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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.…

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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.…

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