Unveiling a number of discrete, yet important case histories of Liverpool, Liverpool Irish and/or Irish women, In:Visible Women’s morning sessions set the scene for exploring the issues women still face today, particularly in certain Irish communities.
By recognising their influence and impact we aim to redress their abilities and attributes. Discussions move to more difficult issues in the afternoon and could include discussion around shamed pregnancies, arranged marriages, faith crises, institutional abuse, secret adoptions and illegal abortions; many of which retain influence and impact on families and communities today and are highlighted elsewhere in the festival programme. Whilst the laws in the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland and mainland Great Britain still allow 11 women per day to travel to England to have their ‘shame dealt with’ these issues are not just a matter for women, but for society, legislature and reconciliation and so the late afternoon sessions will consider this.
In:Visible Women builds relationships with artists, academics and organisations to deliver illuminating talks, films, performances, artworks and written features to start making ‘invisible’ women’s issues, visible. Piloting this year is our In:Visible Women day at Central Library. Artists and academics will highlight individual, historic case studies, bringing to light diminished or overlooked histories and stories. After an enlightening day of discussion, imagery, installations and film, we have an evening of Liverpool, Liverpool Irish and Irish female singer songwriters at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, showcasing a raft of contemporary talent.
This is the tip of the iceberg. As In:Visible Women has developed, more striking stories, histories and opportunities have presented themselves and we expect to expand the programme in future years. Our inaugural year already has much to offer. Having received interest from press, artists, academics and activists, we advise getting your tickets early and engaging now. A full day schedule will follow online, but artists Casey Orr and Alison Little are already involved. #invisiblewomen
We also recommend booking for the Visible Women: New and powerful women in music.
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Whilst the Liverpool Irish Festival does provide free events, this is an all-day event that will require refreshments. The ticket price is to cover visitor beverages for the day, but lunch will not be provided. Although we will not provide a lunch, we do recommend the cafe at the library and people are welcome to bring a packed lunch which can be eaten outside. In order to provide barrierless access, we have with-held a small allocation of tickets for those who do not feel they are able to pay the ticket price. To apply for one of these tickets, please send your request to [email protected] with the subject header “IW Bursary”.
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