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It's the Travelling Life project, 2018

It’s the Travelling Life: A new exhibition of Liverpool’s Irish Traveller community

A new exhibition, curated by American artist Jona Frank, provides a rarely seen glimpse into the lives of women in Liverpool’s Irish Traveller communities today as well as snapshot of Irish Traveller culture from 25 years ago. The photographs, taken by Irish Traveller women and their children, provide an insight into a community – often on the receiving end of many assumptions and outside perspectives – showing a life of family and domesticity, captured during summer 2018.  

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Ann Blake River Image - web edit (c) Ken Coleman

#LIF2018 brochure revealed

Liverpool Irish Festival’s annual brochure is here. Physical copies are available in all the usual places around Liverpool. We hope you enjoy browsing our programme.


We know you have been patient. We know you want to buy your tickets early… and now you can!

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Deborah Frances-White and The Guilty Feminist

Liverpool Irish Festival 2018: celebrating the breadth of Irish culture

Liverpool’s cultural ties with Ireland come to the fore once again as the Liverpool Irish Festival returns, this year with special performances by The Guilty Feminist (in a dedicated festival podcast) and Kíla. We also celebrate a new partnership with Liverpool Literary Festival, the return of the Celtic Animation Film Festival and IndieCork and a new play by Lizzie Nunnery.

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In:Visible Women collage workshop, #LIF2017, Liverpool Blackwell's (c) E Smith c/o LIF

Exhibition call for work about Ireland’s Eighth Amendment

Call to artists for work responding to Ireland’s Repeal the Eighth movement and historic referendum vote, leading to 2018 exhibition at OUTPUT gallery.


Liverpool Irish Festival (LIF) and OUTPUT gallery have partnered this year to commission an artist to respond to the successful repeal of The 8th Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland, which now allows the government to legislate for abortion and grants new body autonomy to people in Ireland.

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Lizzie Nunnery with award at the UK Theatre Awards

Lizzie Nunnery: A decade of creative friendship

To Have to Shoot Irishmen, a play written by Lizzie Nunnery -and produced by her company Almanac Arts– will feature as part of #LIF2018.

It will be the fourth siginificant piece of Lizzie’s work that LIF has shown in 10 years.…

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Sue Rynhart singing on board La Malouine with Skipper Roy Kerr and technician from Adlib

La Malouine – an ode sung with real Rynhart

This a migration story about Sue Rynhart’s song La Malouine; written by an Irish women, about a French ship for a Liverpool performance on the #LIF2018 Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta Ship Stage…

Sue Rynhart (SR) has been in Liverpool before.…

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A view up through a tall ship's rigging

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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Liverpool Mental Health Consortium + Lunatic Fringe logo

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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Abortion Support Network logo

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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