Past Events

'Parts' by Dennis McNulty, part of 'Homo Gestalt' at Bluecoat, Biennial 2016 (c) Robert Battersby Photography (detail of original image only)

Homo Gestalt by Denis McNulty

A cerebral look at modern performance elements, practice and audience participation

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

Catherine Keenan – Solo show

‘Happy glass’ you instantly want to take home! Scuplture and glass ware that suits domestic settings as well as exhibiton spaces

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Movema leading a street ceili

Thursday ceílí class

Movema are a multi-award winning company specialising in dances from around the world and long-time collaborators with the festival

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The Caledonia - internal shot of audience with a band 11Oct

Caledonia Irish Session

Drop in to enjoy some music and a drink at the Caledonia; a festival favourite

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The Caledonia - lose up of Mike Kenney from the Saltcutters 11Oct

Music evening hosted by Mikey Kenney

Live music at the Caledonia

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Everyman and Playouhse logo (e&p in a circle)

Social hub and materials library

Get convivial with Liverpool Irish Festival at the Everyman Theare Street Cafe and Theatre Bar

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16 Box Set - 'Pillar' (c) The Project Twins

16 Box Set

Grab your daily bread whilst taking in an impressive exhibit about the founding of a Republic

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Joyce centenary panel image, from the cover of James Joyce's 'Portriat of a young man' (detail only). Image courtesy of the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool 13Oct

Festival launch: A centenary celebration of James Joyce’s ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’

Ensure you book your place at the official Liverpool Irish Festival launch, held in partnership with the Institute of Irish Studies at University of Liverpool

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Movema leading a street ceili 13Oct

Thursday ceílí class

Movema are a multi-award winning company specialising in dances from around the world and long-time collaborators with the festival

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Liverpool and the Easter Rising: exhibition

An impressive artefact collection telling an important story for the development of Ireland

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1916/2016 brochure cover

Liverpool and the Easter Rising: exhibition launch

Launch for the exhibition: Liverpool and the Easter Rising, showing on the third floor of Liverpool Central Library from 14 Oct-18 Nov 2016

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14Oct

The Divine Comedy – SOLD OUT

Headline act The Divine Comedy grace the city with their presence at the incredible Great Hall of ,em>St George’s Hall; a suitably sumptuous space for such grandiose work

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14Oct

Liverpool Lambs

Linked to the 1916 Commemorations, Liverpool Lambs is a must see for anyone with Liverpool Irish heritage or an interest in Ireland’s history

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Promotional photograph of the four members of We Banjo 3 14Oct

We Banjo 3

World class musicians playing in the new Music Room of this world class venue

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Everyman and Playouhse logo (e&p in a circle) 14Oct

Social seisiún

Enjoy some R&R at the Everyman, the Liverpool Irish Festival‘s official social centre

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View of the Museum of Liverpool 15Oct

Family Day

A day for all the family to enjoy, with music, dance, talks and more; all under the glorious roof of the Museum of Liverpool

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15Oct

The Lily and the Poppy: Reconciliation and the Centenary Commemorations

This event takes place within the Liverpool Irish Festival‘s family day, in memory of those lost during the World Wars

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Everyman and Playouhse logo (e&p in a circle) 15Oct

Social seisiún

Enjoy some R&R in the Everyman, Liverpool Irish Festival‘s official social centre

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Sean Keane promotional image (detail only) 15Oct

Seán Keane in the company of Pat Coyne and Fergus Feely

Convivial music in welcome surrounds; St Michael’s Irish Centre is a community favourite

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Trad session at Kelly's Dispensary 15Oct

Samhain at Kelly’s

For a real taste of Ireland, Kelly’s Dispensary on Smithdown Road does the job!

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Everyman and Playouhse logo (e&p in a circle) 15Oct

Social seisiúns

Enjoy some R&R at the Everyman, Liverpool irish Festival‘s official social centre

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16Oct

Irish Heritage Walk

This is a walking tour. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing weather conditions. Gather at Tickets and Information, Bluecoat to meet your guide

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Googlemap showing scotland Road meeting point 16Oct

Scotland Road walk

This is a walking tour. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing weather conditions. Please note the street location before leaving

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16Oct

Liverpool Lambs

Linked to the 1916 Commemorations, Liverpool Lambs is a must see for anyone with Liverpool Irish heritage or an interest in Ireland’s history

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Band image with all four members playing instruments (c) Brian Flanagan 16Oct

Lynched

Contemporary music in a world class venue

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17Oct

The Gaelic League and the Easter Rising

Connected with the exhibition Liverpool and the Easter Rising this talk unpicks why Liverpool was such a major contributor to the Easter Rising in 1916

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Still from 66 Days, showing two men in a prison cell, following a 'dirty protest' (detail of original image only) 17Oct

66 Days

This film is a 12A and discusses difficult themes including political matters, hunger striking, prison systems and faith. Parental guidance is advised

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17Oct

Trad music session

Cozy, convivial cacophony at ‘the Eddie’

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The Caledonia - internal shot of audience with a band 18Oct

Caledonia Irish session

Drop in to enjoy some music and a drink at the Caledonia; a festival favourite

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A portrait of Mike Hannigan, Co-Director of IndieCork Festival and lead for 'Our August Destiny' 18Oct

IndieCork presents ‘Our August Destiny’: short films in the wake of 1916

Part of an ongoing co-production between Liverpool Irish Festival, IndieCork and Picture House

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Black and white drawing of fish swmming to the left 18Oct

Scadán

The Invisible Wind Factory is a new space for creation, fabrication and construction of arts, events and experiences, run by the creators of the Kazimier

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IndieCork Festival 2016 poster 19Oct

IndieCork presents Best New Irish Short Films 2016

Part of an ongoing co-production between Liverpool Irish Festival, IndieCork and Picture House

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Black and white drawing of fish swmming to the left 19Oct

Scadán

The Invisible Wind Factory is a new space for creation, fabrication and construction of arts, events and experiences, run by the creators of the Kazimier

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19Oct

Storytelling with Liz Weir

A great event for families with slightly older children, for a pre-sleep, slightly spooky, storytelling session

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An 'Open' sign in the dark (c) Danny Ryder Photography 19Oct

The Magnet Open Mic Liverpool Irish Festival Special, in association with Mellowtone

A highly sociable evening with music, laughter and little bit of musical risk-taking at The Magnet, one of favourite Liverpool venues!

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Movema leading a street ceili 20Oct

Thursday ceílí class

Movema are a multi-award winning company specialising in dances from around the world and long-time collaborators with the festival

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The Caledonia - internal shot of audience with a band 20Oct

Open session

A fun, easy, freewheeling night at The Caledonia

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20Oct

What the focal! – Film, talk and panel discussion

A film; a pint and a discussion to follow!

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Photograph of 'Skloniste' graffitied on a wall (c) Jim Marshall 20Oct

Sklonište

An unusual and intimate performance, supported by Arts Council England‘s Grants for the Arts programme

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21Oct

Lisa Hannigan

Charge your glasses (and your phone) at one of the most hospitable joints you will find at the heart of the city

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Rackhouse Pilfer band image and logo 21Oct

Rackhouse Pilfer

Toe-tapping brilliance in a warm and friendly bar

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21Oct

Traditional Music session

A fantastic, people friendly, real ale, authentically retro pub. The best insult laden late night quiz on a Thursday and music on Tuesdays and Saturdays

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Everyman and Playouhse logo (e&p in a circle) 21Oct

Social seisiúns

Enjoy some R&R at the Everyman, Liverpool Irish Festival‘s official social centre

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Alsop Drama 'Three Plays' poster, featuring their logo over an historic/aged map 22Oct

Three plays: ‘Riders to the Sea’; ‘The Shadow of the Glen’ and ‘Purgatory’

A must see for literature lovers and theatre goers. Ask for Treasure House Theatre on arrival

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Googlemap showing scotland Road meeting point 22Oct

Scotland Road walk

This is a walking tour. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing weather conditions. Please note the street location before departure

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Everyman and Playouhse logo (e&p in a circle) 22Oct

Social seisiún

Enjoy some R&R in the Everyman, Liverpool Irish Festival‘s official social centre

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The Logues album cover 22Oct

The Logues

Fast, furious fun!

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22Oct

Social seisiún

Enjoy some R&R at the Everyman, the Liverpool Irish Festival’s official social centre

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Googlemap screen shot of the South Liverpool Heritage walk meeting point 23Oct

South Liverpool Heritage Walk

This is a walking tour. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing weather conditions. Gather at Tickets and Information to meet your guide

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23Oct

Family ceílí

A real family day, with dance, music and Bluecoat‘s incredible upstairs bar whre visitors can enjoy a coffee or a full meal – menus available

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23Oct

I Could Read the Sky

A British Council film shown in this exceptional, volunteer led location

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Trad session at Kelly's Dispensary 23Oct

Irish Trad Session

Fun and friendship through music at Kelly’s Dispensary! You can enjoy a nip here, too!

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Promotional portrait of Damien Dempsey 23Oct

Damien Dempsey – SOLD OUT

Headline act Damien Dempsey closes the festival with this, the last event

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Movema leading a street ceili 27Oct

Thursday ceílí class

Movema are a multi-award winning company specialising in dances from around the world and long-time collaborators with the festival

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29Oct

Movema World Studios Grand Opening

Collaborative event celebrating the opening of Movema‘s new dance studios

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Connected Irish logo 17Mar

Connected Irish and St Patrick’s Day Programme

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day and connect with other Liverpool Irish businesses, services and organisations by attending this year’s Connected Irish Business Breakfast at Liverpool Town Hall

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Close up of a pulley with tall ships racing in the distance 25Jun

Stage takeover at Mersey River Festival 2017

Liverpool Irish Festival are proud to announce their line up for Mersey River Festival 2017, where we will takeover the Liverpool International Music Stage on the Kaskelot (accessible via Albert Dock Gates, from the Strand).

Our line up runs the gamut from nautical tradition, through to lyrical, wistful, contemporary and fun.

12pm – The Rock Light Rollers (Gerry Smith + 5 friends)
1pm – Emma Lusby
2pm – Seafoam Green presented by Mellowtone (Dave O’Grady + support)
3pm – Mamatung (Jodie, Becky and Emma)
4pm – Tippin’ it Up (Chris Kelly and John Marshall).

For more information on the line-up, click here.

This event is free to enter and no tickets are required. It’s drop-in, drop-out and casual. We hope to see you there!

If you are interested in the history of shanty-singing – here’s a short history, as provided by Rock Light Roller’s band member, Professor Gerry Smith.

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Close up detail of a ceramic statute of a women by Christy Keeney

Christy Keeney – Ceramics In the Window

Impressive display of Christy Keeney’s ceramics at the Bluecoat Display Centre shown ‘In the Window’ as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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A number of Irish books and a string of beads

Materials library

Free to use materials library, containing books, maps, music scores, etc, based at the Everyman.

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Lóistín imeasc na rónta (detail only) (c) Deidre McKenna (web)

An Béal Bocht: A reflection (print exhibition)

An exceptional print exhibit from Irish artist Deidre McKenna based on the novel An Béal Bocht/The Poor Mouth, at the Florrie as part of LivIrishFest2017

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Lóistín imeasc na rónta (detail only) (c) Deidre McKenna (web) 19Oct

An Béal Bocht: A reflection (exhibition launch)

An exceptional print exhibit from Irish artist Deidre McKenna based on the novel An Béal Bocht/The Poor Mouth, at the Florrie as part of LivIrishFest2017

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Male looks out at skyscrapers of a metropolis on a bight, cloud free day. Lead film image 19Oct

Coming Home (Documentary film)

Five years in the making, Coming Home is a documentary that charts the dreams and histories of five Irish immigrants, from their locations on four continents

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Audience at previous Liverpool Irish Festival events 19Oct

Liverpool Irish Festival Launch

Launch to celebrate the opening of Liverpool Irish Festival 2017 and our fifteen year anniversary

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Jinx Lennon in his sunglasses on stage 19Oct

Jinx Lennon – a concert

Punk poet Jinx Lennon returns to the Liverpool Irish Festival for this solo performance

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Colourfully lit white wall, with guitar, stand and LED lights (c) Peter Carr, 2015 19Oct

Festival Club – the Aftershow

Social space with music and song to carry on the Liverpool Irish Festival party spirit, meet friends and share stories

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20Oct

Song of Love

Song of Love is an art installation that celebrates our ability to commune with nature and sound’s heavenly effects on our souls, bodies and voice as part of LivIrishFest2017

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A selection of Liverpool and Irish craft beers on a wooden barrel top (detail) (c) Pedro Cozier

Handyman Supermarket Irish Craft Beer Festival

Irish Craft Beer festival at the Handyman Supermarket, on Smithdown Road, run as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival. This is an over 18s event

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Fans' Forum Everton Football Club logo 20Oct

Irish Toffees and Green Shoots

Michael Walker book launch (DeCoubertain) and Everton Fan Forum event, hosted at Goodison Park as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Dave O'Grady of Seafoam Green plays guitar 20Oct

Seafoam Green presented by Mellowtone

Exceptional band Seafoam Green play in this unusual setting for the Liverpool Irish Festival

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The WHilstlin' Donkeys prmomitional image of 6 black and white upstanding donkeys, wearing suits in front of large a watercolour shamrock 20Oct

The Whistlin’ Donkeys

The Whistlin’ Donkeys are a County Tyrone based folk/trad/rock super group. This event is organised by the Liverpool Irish Centre for the Liverpool Irish Festival.

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Colourfully lit white wall, with guitar, stand and LED lights (c) Peter Carr, 2015 20Oct

Festival Club – the Aftershow

Social space with music and song to carry on the Liverpool Irish Festival party spirit, meet friends and share stories

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016 21Oct

Irish Heritage Walk

A fun, history based walk around some of the city centre, with historian and guide Greg Quiery, as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Uncle John and Aunt Mary, After The Dance (c) Daisy Asquith 21Oct

After the Dance

Daisy Asquith’s documentary follows her mother’s story of adoption, tracing her genealogical line back to Kilkee (Co Clare).

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21Oct

Song of Love

Song of Love is an art installation that celebrates our ability to commune with nature and sound’s heavenly effects on our souls, bodies and voice as part of LivIrishFest2017

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016 21Oct

Scotland Road walk

A fun, history walk taking in Scotland Road and areas nearby that have Irish significance. Guided by historian Greg Quiery as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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A Liverpool Music Tours group walk pauses o Hope Street at the Suitcase Monument 21Oct

Liverpool Music Tours: walks

Liverpool Music Tours are offering two cultural walking tours as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Press image of 5 of the eskies holding white ballons infront of a large industrial door 21Oct

The Eskies

A night of two big bands – the Eskies and Hop the Sea – over at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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21Oct

Strength NIA

Strength NIA are a Derry band. This event is a partnership event between the Liverpool Irish Centre and the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Colourfully lit white wall, with guitar, stand and LED lights (c) Peter Carr, 2015 21Oct

Festival Club – the Aftershow

Social space with music and song to carry on the Liverpool Irish Festival party spirit, meet friends and share stories

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016 22Oct

South Liverpool Heritage Walk

Another fun history walk with leader and historian Greg Queiry as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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CAFc still from Fish Curry 22Oct

Celtic Animation Film Festival

The Celtic Animation Film Festival showcases animated films from those submitted to this year’s inaugural competition. Organised by Kate Corbin and Eleonora Asparuhova, with support from and in partnership with the Liverpool Irish Festival.

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Stage shot of 4 cast members infront of some graffiti (c) Andrew AB 22Oct

Committed

Following its festival success in 2014, Stephen Smith’s Committed is back in full force with Falling Doors Theatre for LivIrishFest2017

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A Liverpool Music Tours group walk pauses o Hope Street at the Suitcase Monument 22Oct

Liverpool Music Tours: walks

Liverpool Music Tours are offering two cultural walking tours as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Historic image of Irish communicty members quening and waiting (c) Liverpool Records Office 23Oct

In Hardship and in Hope: A history of the Liverpool Irish

Walk leader, historian, Liverpool Irish Festival Board Director and local resident Greg Quiery launches his new book as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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23Oct

IndieCork presents Best New Irish Short Films 2017

An evening of contemporary short films premiered at IndieCork in Oct 2017 have their first UK outing at LivIrishFest2017.

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Sorcha Brooks, Pamela Flanagan as Pegeen and Aileen in Body & Blood (c) Unclouded Moon Productions (web) 23Oct

Body and Blood

‘Body and Blood’ is a new play exploring a buried cultural history, undertaking its northern debut at the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Mikey Kenney and friends -Mikey Kenney and friends - Mikey playing fiddle (c) Christine Keating Mikey playing fiddle 23Oct

Anita Rochford and Mikey Kenney

A relaxed evening in a great local with festival stalwart Mikey Kenney and The Caledonia, which serves as a regular venue for Liverpool Irish Festival goers

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23Oct

Trad at the Eddie

One of the best known and highly regarded trad sessions in town, the Eddie is a small pub so arrive early to ensure getting a place

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Black and white portriats of 4 members of the Saltcutters playing instruments 24Oct

The Saltcutters: Gig and seisiún at the Cali

The Saltcutters are a Scouse Irish dance band, based in Liverpool and Cali sessions provide a place to meet for players and listeners to explore a wealth of Irish and Liverpool traditional songs

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Sorcha Brooks, Pamela Flanagan as Pegeen and Aileen in Body & Blood (c) Unclouded Moon Productions (web) 24Oct

Body and Blood

‘Body and Blood’ is a new play exploring a buried cultural history, undertaking its northern debut at the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Still detail from Marky's Bad Week (c) Daniel Holmwood 24Oct

IndieCork considers IN:Visible Women

A selection of contemporary short films direct from IndieCork 2017 that reflect on the theme of In:Visible Women, in partnership with LivIrishFest2017.

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Handmade posters and pamphlets made up of collages (c) Grace Edwards 25Oct

Collage Workshop: Spread the Word and Repeal the 8th

Through the medium of collage, attendees will make handmade booklets and posters to photocopy and distribute amongst friends, whilst discussing what UK citizens can do to help people seeking abortions in Ireland.

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Promotional, illustrated still from The Secret of Kells featuring two characters on a tree 25Oct

The Secret of Kells: Empty Spaces Cinema at the Handyman Supermarket

Join Empty Spaces Cinema at The Handyman Supermarket for a pop-up film festival celebrating Irish cinema with a mixture of movies that look at Irish life

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Promotional still from the film, The Irish Pub 25Oct

The Irish Pub: Empty Spaces Cinema at the Handyman Supermarket

Join Empty Spaces Cinema at The Handyman Supermarket for a pop-up film festival celebrating Irish cinema with a mixture of movies that look at Irish life

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Two plays - poster advertising 'Aftermath' and 'Settled Score', featuring original artwork 25Oct

Two plays: Settled Score/ Aftermath

Script Shop are a local group of writers and performers, who have developed two plays linking Liverpool and Ireland, being shown at LivIrishFest2017.

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A promptional still from the film I Am Belfast featuring a women, hair back in a bun and wearing a dark coat, stood before a large, light rock formation 25Oct

I am Belfast: Empty Spaces Cinema at the Handyman Supermarket

Join Empty Spaces Cinema at The Handyman Supermarket for a pop-up film festival celebrating Irish cinema with a mixture of movies that look at Irish life

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Liverpool Irish Centre logo 25Oct

Supper céilí

A regular feature on the Liverpool Irish Centre’s calendar, the Supper Céilí provides a night of céilí dancing, with live music from Michael Coyne

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Alan O'Hare on stage at the Magnet 25Oct

The Magnet Open Mic in association with Mellowtone

Returning once again, Alan O’Hare (Only Child) hosts a mic night of music, slam poetry and beats from the best of open mic contributors at The Magnet, the bar Noel Gallagher called the “the best club in the UK for future Rock and Roll stars”.

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Orla Guerin portrait - press image (detail) 26Oct

Orla Guerin – Front lines, Fault lines and Deadlines – 30 Years of chasing the story

Contributing to the Liverpool Irish Festival’s new strand of work: In:Visible Women, Orla Guerin will speak about her life and work on behalf of the the Institute of Irish Studies

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The Breath (c) York Tillyer - 4 members, sat onteh floor in front of a large arched window 26Oct

The Breath

An exquisite night of music delivered at the Capstone Theatre as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival 2017

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Stage shot of 4 cast members infront of some graffiti (c) Andrew AB 26Oct

Committed

Following its festival success in 2014, Stephen Smith’s Committed is back in full force with Falling Doors Theatre for LivIrishFest2017

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Untitled Saturday Girl Liverpool (detail) (c) CaseyOrr, 2014-8 27Oct

In:Visible Women – illuminating debates

A full day of discussion, debate, case studies and Q&As considering women’s rights and issues in history, today and ahead

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Everton Magic Sponge (c) Ken Grant 27Oct

“No, that’s my uncle”

Whilst Ken Grant was showing his photographs to a community group in Dublin is the early 1990s, a woman became convinced that she knew the people in the picture as close relatives. She was wrong.

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Alan O'Hare on stage with Only Child (C) Adrian Whatron 27Oct

Mellowtone presents Only Child

A unique venue for this incredible event with Only Child, Limerance and Rachael Jean Harris; presented as part of the Liveprool Irish Festival.

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Ailbhe Reddy press shot (detail) - Ailbe sits far right on a long bench 27Oct

Visible Women: New and powerful Women in music

A fitting way to end our In:Visible Women day, this evening of female singer song-writers goes to show just how far women have come. Presented by Liverpool Irish Festival

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The Jesse Janes - band image 27Oct

Samhain at Kelly’s ft. The Jesse Janes and Conleath McGeary

Conleath McGeary and headliners, The Jesse Janes, provide a great night of Irish folk, bluegrass, skiffle and rock and roll

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Image features young players from Liverpool Comhaltas 27Oct

Traditional Irish Music Session

This event is organised by Liverpool Comhaltas and the Liverpool Irish Centre in partnership with LivIrishFest2017 and forms part of a wider family weekend

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Trad session at Peter Kavanagh's 27Oct

Trad at PK’s

Come along to this unique, Grade II listed pub, full of curios and character to join in the weekly toe-tapping music session. Famed for its collection of artefacts, murals and ship’s tables (front lounge), this pub is a must see!

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Melody Makers at the Family Day (c) David Ng, 2016 28Oct

Family Day at the Museum

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.

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Polling Station sign (detail of photograph), courtesy of Pixaby 28Oct

Votes for Irish Citizens abroad (VICA): A Debate

Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad are under discussion considering what Irish citizenship means/could mean for referenda – today and in future.

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Composite image of lily stem and poppy on yellow background, taken from free online images 28Oct

The Lily and the Poppy

Liverpool Irish Festival and Institute of Irish Studies present two high profile Irish women, talking about reconciliation and living peacefully in conflict

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A Liverpool Music Tours group walk pauses o Hope Street at the Suitcase Monument 28Oct

Liverpool Music Tours: walks

Liverpool Music Tours are offering two cultural walking tours as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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Edward & Eliza and the Smashing of the Van - an illustration of the 1867 attack on a police van to free the prisoners within 28Oct

Edward and Eliza and the Smashing of the Van

Written to coincide with the 150th anniversary of real events, Edward and Eliza explores dilemmas that are still very relevant today as part of Liverpool Irish Festival 2017

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Image features young players from Liverpool Comhaltas 28Oct

Liverpool Comhaltas and Liverpool Céilí Band evening

Join Liverpool Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and the Liverpool Céilí Band in celebrating Comhaltas’s sixtieth anniversary

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28Oct

Burning Wheel: Album launch

Burning Wheel’s intense live shows move from plaintive Dylan-folk to hypnotic and danceable country-soul, accompanied by Flaming Lips style pyro-technics.

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Carmel Kelly press shot - portrait in front of a series of bookshelves 29Oct

Children’s Hour with Carmel Kelly

Carmel Uí Cheallaigh/Kelly (Galway, ROI) is a children’s author and picture book creator, writing in Gaelic and English. Her motto is “Picture books are for everyone”.

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Families and friends dancing at the annual ceili (c) Bob Edwards 29Oct

Family céilí and Comhaltas’s 60th celebrations

Organised by Liverpool Comhaltas and Liverpool Irish Centre in partnership with LivIrishFest2017, this event forms part a Family Weekend during the festival

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A Liverpool Music Tours group walk pauses o Hope Street at the Suitcase Monument 29Oct

Liverpool Music Tours: walks

Liverpool Music Tours are offering two cultural walking tours as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

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29Oct

Kelly’s Irish Trad Session

A trad session in a good pub. Kelly’s (Smithdown) is a long-time friend of the festival and helps see out LivIrishFest2017 with their regular session

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Two women dancing in a ceili 03Nov

Finns Hotel Ceilidh Band: Fundraising dance

Finns Hotel Ceilidh Band will play – for one night only – fundraising for Irish Community Care.

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Greening the city – St Patrick’s Day

Watch Liverpool’s major buildings go green for St Patrick’s Day 2018. To ensue more buildings get involved support us using #GreenLiverpoolYes

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A view up through a tall ship's rigging

Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta

For the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, you can find LIF at the Martin Luther King Jnr building and on the nearby tallship, La Malouine. See event notes for more details.

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Berina Kelly - Thread I

Berina Kelly – Jewellery in the Window

Impressive display of Berina Kelly jewellery at the Bluecoat Display Centre shown ‘In the Window’ as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival.

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It’s The Travelling Life: Part I – The Art of Falling Apart

It’s a Travelling Life takes place at The Brink as part of The Art of Falling Apart as part of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival and George Henry Lee’s as part of #LIF2018.

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It’s The Travelling Life: Part II

It’s a Travelling Life takes place at The Brink as part of The Art of Falling Apart as part of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival and George Henry Lee’s as part of #LIF2018.

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Materials library

The Materials Library at Liverpool Everyman is the ideal cultural hotspot to browse a festival brochure, pick up a bite to eat and encounter some of the city’s performance artists.

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18Oct

It’s The Travelling Life – Private View

It’s a Travelling Life takes place at The Brink as part of The Art of Falling Apart as part of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival and George Henry Lee’s as part of #LIF2018.

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Sorcha Boyle exhibition – Repeal the Eighth

Liverpool Irish Festival and OUTPUT Gallery invited artists to show their response to this year’s #YesTogether/Repeal the Eighth campaign. This is the result of that call.

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In:Visible Women collage workshop, #LIF2017, Liverpool Blackwell's (c) E Smith c/o LIF 18Oct

Sorcha Boyle Exhibition – Repeal the Eighth – Private View

This event is the private view for the Repeal the Eighth exhibit. Pop in and have a look at a creative response to the biggest ever vote on body autonomy.

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18Oct

Frieling the Music

Taking inspiration from Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, LJMU Masters student, Corey Harbinson, presents new text, music and songs.

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18Oct

Liverpool Irish Festival Launch

Opening the festival with a taste of home (Irish stew), a glass of the black stuff and migration stories told by poets and performers and sung by Bill Booth and followed by Catherine Cook.

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Ye Vagabonds press image 18Oct

Ye Vagabonds

The Liverpool Philharmonic present Ye Vagabonds for the Liverpool Irish Festival 2018.

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19Oct

Irish Builders of Modern Britain

An invitation to Irish navvies and nurses -or their connections- to discuss the shape and role of an Irish legacy project in the making at the Cunard Building.

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19Oct

Frieling the Music

Taking inspiration from Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, LJMU Masters student, Corey Harbinson, presents new text, music and songs.

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A selection of Liverpool and Irish craft beers on a wooden barrel top (detail) (c) Pedro Cozier 19Oct

Irish Craft Beer Festival

Irish beer, Irish soft drinks and Irish food all served at the Handyman’s Superrmarket (the sister to Smithdown Roads Kelly’s Dispensary) for #LIF2018.

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19Oct

Eggsistentialism

Eggsistentialism takes a light-hearted but unflinching look at one of life’s most compelling dilemmas: should making a life for oneself involve making another?

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19Oct

Kíla

Kíla‘s eight members come from the differing musical backgrounds, resulting in a fresh blend of freewheeling instrumentals, furious jigs and primal rhythms.

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Seisiúns/Sessions

The Liverpool Irish Festival is proud to support a number of seisiúns/sessions running across the city. Bring an instrument and play along!

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20Oct

Your World workshop

Focussing on identity Your World explores how to adapt in new locations; what it is like to long to belong and how to ground yourself without losing you.

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Peeled Pomello Fruit (c) Charles Deluvio at unsplash 20Oct

In:Visible Women

In:Visible Women is a concept, platform and trail that runs through LivIrishFest annually. It discusses the role of women in Irish society and creativity.

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Image features Lisa McInerney portrait and Sally Rooney portrait, the latter by Jonny I Davies 20Oct

New Voices with Alex Clark

Alex Clark presents authors Sally Rooney, Lisa McInerney and Anthony Joseph who have have enjoyed considerable critical success and are clearly writers to watch in future.

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A selection of Liverpool and Irish craft beers on a wooden barrel top (detail) (c) Pedro Cozier 20Oct

Irish Craft Beer Festival

Irish beer, Irish soft drinks and Irish food all served at the Handyman’s Superrmarket (the sister to Smithdown Roads Kelly’s Dispensary) for #LIF2018.

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016 20Oct

Scotland Road Walk

Exploring Liverpool’s world famous dockland district, its Irish traditions, connections to the Easter Rising and forgotten graveyards and tunnels. #LIF2018

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Deborah Frances-White and The Guilty Feminist 20Oct

The Guilty Feminist – Liverpool Irish Festival special

Presenting a special Liverpool Irish Festival programme, The Guilty Feminist considers the noble goals of 21st centurty feminists and the paradoxes and insecurities which undermine them. This is their first time in Liverpool!

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A selection of Liverpool and Irish craft beers on a wooden barrel top (detail) (c) Pedro Cozier 20Oct

Irish Craft Beer Festival

Irish beer, Irish soft drinks and Irish food all served at the Handyman’s Superrmarket (the sister to Smithdown Roads Kelly’s Dispensary) for #LIF2018.

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Sebastian Barry portrait 20Oct

Sebastian Barry in conversation with Professor Roy Foster

Two stalwarts of Irish literature – Sebastian Barry and Professor Roy Foster – in conversation as part of the Liverpool Literary Festival at #LIF2018.

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20Oct

Baggage

Two women find a common place where they can come together as friends. A play about friendhip, homelessness and hope by Bev Clark at #LIF2018.

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20Oct

The Hot Sprockets

Take some good-time revolutionary spirit, add a pinch of psychedelic flavour, simmer it down with some indie soul and you get close to the cosmic vibe of The Hot Sprockets.

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20Oct

The Jesse Janes

A great band to spend the evening with, The Jesse Janes will wow you with powerful harmonies and sheer range of instruments!

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20Oct

The Morning After the Life Before

A personal, entertaining tale of weddings, ‘coming out’ and arguments over who takes out the bins.

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Hooley

As well as a gale or an argument, a ‘hooley’ is a big old Irish party with music, dancing and –most importantly- oodles of fun.

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016 21Oct

Irish Heritage Walk

This local history walk features Irish journalists, Italian craftsmen, Lancashire slavers, Polish Impressionists and Liverpool pirates in an exploration of arts and politics.

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A selection of Liverpool and Irish craft beers on a wooden barrel top (detail) (c) Pedro Cozier 21Oct

Irish Craft Beer Festival

Irish beer, Irish soft drinks and Irish food all served at the Handyman’s Superrmarket (the sister to Smithdown Roads Kelly’s Dispensary) for #LIF2018.

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21Oct

Lamb

Depicting an unconventional relationship between a naïve young cleric and a troubled child, Lamb is vivid and unsettling. Cert 15.

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Liverpool Literary Festival banner with Liver Bird 21Oct

Eamonn Hughes -‘The Train and the River’- Van Morrison’s Belfast

Drawing on his work with Van Morrison, Hughes examines Morrison’s representation of Belfast as an alternative to images of it as a city of conflict.

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21Oct

The Corner Boys

Ladies Who Punch proudly present the UK tour The Corner Boys, by award-winner John MacKenna, as part of #LIF2018 at Liverpool Irish Centre and The Crown.

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22Oct

Architectural Migrations

Dr Claire Kinsella (Staffordshire University) considers the tensions and contradictions between Irish identity, migration and the high-rise built form.

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TG 4 Liverpool Irish Live Playalongs

#LIF2018 brings you talent from the Liverpool Irish musical community in informal, playalong sets. If you have a bodhrán or a fiddle come and play along!

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22Oct

Féile Voices : 30 years of Féile an Phobail

Marking 30 years of Belfast’s Féile an Phobail and the book release of Féile Voices at 30, telling the story of a significant cultural and political festival.

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22Oct

IndieCork: New Irish Shorts

IndieCork Film Festival is a platform for new and emerging filmmaking talent and these programmes are a useful showcase of emerging Irish voices.

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22Oct

The Corner Boys

Ladies Who Punch proudly present the UK tour The Corner Boys, by award-winner John MacKenna, as part of #LIF2018 at Liverpool Irish Centre and The Crown.

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22Oct

IndieCork feature: Making the Grade

Making the Grade is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers.

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22Oct

Lankum

A traditional folk group, Lankum (Dublin) combine distinctive four part harmonies with uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar.

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23Oct

The James Connolly Reader: A Rebel for Today

The James Connolly Reader looks at a leading figure in Ireland’s 1916 anti-British rule campaigns and socialist philisophy.

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23Oct

IndieCork: New Irish Shorts from Women

Following on from IndieCork: New Irish Shorts, this evening’s programme represents the best of the female led shorts at IndieCork Film Festival 2018.

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23Oct

Two Plays: Baggage and When Nora Met Jim

#LIF2018 presents Baggage and When Nora Met Jim. Both plays have been written in Liverpool and feature local actors. Expect low-fi tech, but high-fi impact.

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24Oct

David O’Doherty: You Have to Laugh

David O’Doherty is back on tour with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.

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24Oct

Rat in the Skull

Rat in the Skull is an interview between a Royal Ulster Constabulary inspector and a Catholic man in London detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

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25Oct

The Biggest Show in the Country

Inspired by daily radio phone-in The Nolan Show, The Biggest Show in The Country swaps guns, bombs and bullets for glitter, banter and ballads.

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25Oct

Responding to Robert Tressel: A Panel

The panel will consider Robert Tressell’s work The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, lorded internationally as a seminal text for socialists.

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25Oct

Kitty

A play commemorating the significant influence Kitty played in Liverpool by helping to turn the tide on an epidemic spreading through the city; cholera.

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25Oct

A bridge of Tunes: Bernadette Nic Gabhann and Mikey Kenney

Two traditional fiddlers come together to celebrate the musical links between Ireland, Liverpool and Lancashire and a history of shared tunes and dances.

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25Oct

To Have to Shoot Irishmen

Inspired by true events, To Have To Shoot Irishmen weaves movement and live folk song into a tale of militarism, corruption and the power of rebellion.

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26Oct

Celtic Animation Film Festival

The Celtic Animation Film Festival celebrates and encourages animators to share practice, tell stories and reflect on Celtic culture and concerns.

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26Oct

Countess Markievicz…

First wave Irish feminism had one goal; get votes for women. The battle of complex political issues, nationalism and unionism are explored in this talk.

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26Oct

Socks in the Frying Pan

Cheerful brilliance from this County Clare band as part of #LIF2018.

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26Oct

To Have to Shoot Irishmen

Inspired by true events, To Have To Shoot Irishmen weaves movement and live folk song into a tale of militarism, corruption and the power of rebellion.

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26Oct

Samhain with Conleth McGeary

Samhain exists as a festival for the dead. Celebrate this Samhain with Conleth McGeary!

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27Oct

Family Day

Celebrate the Liverpool Irish Festival – with family and friends – in a day incorporating music, talks and activities for everyone to enjoy, across the day.

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Greg Quiery leads tour in 2016 27Oct

South Liverpool Heritage Walk

Walk though Liverpool’s historic Rodney and Hope Street areas, discovering colourful characters and long-lost histories.

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27Oct

Official launch of TG 4’s ‘Gaeil UK’

Seán Mac an tSíthigh travels from Glasgow to London to meet with many generations of the Irish community living in the UK.

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27Oct

Migration Panel

Focussing on the key theme of this year’s festival, this event welcomes an esteemed panel of experts discuss the cause, effect and lasting influence of Irish migration.

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27Oct

To Have to Shoot Irishmen

Inspired by true events, To Have To Shoot Irishmen weaves movement and live folk song into a tale of militarism, corruption and the power of rebellion.

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27Oct

The Jesse Janes

A great band to spend the evening with, The Jesse Janes will wow you with powerful harmonies and sheer range of instruments!

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Family Rushforth enjoy the Family Céilí at #LIF2017 (c) E Smith 28Oct

Family Céilí

The Family Céilí is a popular event at the Liverpool Irish Festival. It returns to the spiritual home of the Irish community, the Liverpool Irish Centre.

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28Oct

Stephen James Smith

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today; support is Ciarán Hodgers.

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River Festival 2019

The River Festival is back! Each year Liverpool plays host to an incredible set of installations, acts, ships and activities to welcome the dawn of summer (we hope!) and Liverpool Irish Festival are stoked to be involved once again.

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