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Bobby Sands mural (c) Stuart Borthwick

Contextualising the Irish hunger strikes

The harrowing stories of hunger strikes in 1981, pitting Irish political prisoners against the weight of Whitehall and the British Government, are well known. However, the stories, decisions and personalities that generated these actions are less clear. In this article, Stuart Borthwick helps us understand the process that drove these hunger strikers, providing 66 Days viewers with a context for Bobby Sands’ actions and those of his counterparts.…

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LIF 2015 performance (c) Pete Carr

A spotlight on Liverpool Irish theatre

Liverpool Irish Festival returns this autumn with a celebration of Irish playwriting and theatre, showcasing emerging writers and playwrights, reworked versions of classic Irish works and original productions.

The tradition of Irish theatre and playwriting is a strong element of the island’s culture.…

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Black and white drawing of fish swmming to the left

A tale of revolution – Scadàn

A new production written and directed by three emerging Liverpool Irish artists is to be staged at Invisible Wind Factory as part of Liverpool Irish Festival. Telling the story of a women’s commune in 1914, touching on revolution and the suffragettes, Scadàn will be accompanied by live music, imagery and old Celtic stories creating an immersive and mesmeric performance.…

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Catherine Keenan - 'Urchin, Black' - black glass sculpture

Self-identity: vanguard or new wave?

A tension rankles between the traditional vanguard and today’s ‘new wave’. Reflected in culture, multiple understandings of history and our communication choices, the struggle to understand generations before and after our own is often at the root of why we create: to tell our story.…

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Volunteers help a young person try on on of 2015's Metaperceptual Helmets (c) Pete Carr. Thi simage is a detail of the original.

Liverpool Irish Festival 2015 – biggest yet!

“It was amazing, really energetic, lively, really drew you in. It was just one of the best things I’ve seen live for a very very long time.  Excellent.  Really really enjoyed it.” Visitor comment.

A record breaking 20,000 came to this year’s Liverpool Irish Festival, the largest audience in the Festival’s history, attended its 50+ events which took place at over 30 venues. …

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