Celebrate the Liverpool Irish Festival – with family and friends – in a day incorporating music, talks and activities for everyone to enjoy, across the day.
Delivered in partnership with National Museums Liverpool, with contributions from Liverpool Comhaltas, various artists and organisations, this is a true highlight of the festival, where culture sharing, enjoyment and conviviality are at the centre of all we do.
With craft activities, plays, monologues, music and dance; tours of Irish artefacts; screenings, talks; storytelling and a raft of fun things to engage in across the Museum, the day is fun, entertaining and informative. With something for everyone, from niche to popular, this is a core event we hope you will share with us. Things to look our for:
10.15am – dancing from the George Fergusson Irish Dance School, followed by music from Liverpool Comhaltas and more dance from the Bolger Cunningham School for Irish Dance
11am – screening of Lomax in Éírinn, a TG 4 film about how Irish music was taken globally with an LP of Irish music in 1951 by Alex Lomax (more info here)
11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm – Ensign making workshops with Alison Little (more info will follow)
1pm – the UK premiere of Gaeil UK – a television programme giving an insight into the lives of Irish emigrants today in the main areas where they settled in Britain from festival partners and sponsors, Irish language television channel TG 4. We have also set this up as a seperate event. To find our more, click here
Times TBC -Illustrated story telling from Stiofan Randall
2.15pm – Melody Maker‘s adult musicians play traditional Irish music
3pm – Migration Panel This is a key event, discussing the influence of Irish migration on Liverpool, Ireland and the world. Hear from migration experts Dr Johanne Devlin Trew, Dr Gillian O’Brien and Greg Quiery, chaired by Prof Mary Hickman (also see Mary’s essay on Migration in this year’s brochure. See more about this event, here
…and much more besides.
The Family Day forms part of a wider Family Days programme, including the Family Céilí at the Liverpool Irish Centre (28 Oct, see listing).
This event is held in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and sponsored by Tourism Ireland.
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