Tag: #LIF2019

Eithne Browne tree-huggging at Sefton Park Palm House (c) Naomi McAllister

Join us for Quirky Cabaret: Celtic Crossings

To mark her unveiling as the new Liverpool Irish Festival patron, Liverpool Irish Actor, Eithne Browne launches Quirky Cabaret: Celtic Crossings, a night of music, song and laughter. 

Celebrating her paternal Irish connection -with songs and stories inspired by Ireland- Quirky Cabaret will take place at Sefton Park Palm House on Sun 18 Aug at 7pm (doors 6.30pm). With a number of guests, handpicked by Eithne (including Clare and Margaret Bowles alongside poet Ciarán Hodgers) the special cabaret is raising money to help subsidise this year’s Liverpool Irish Festival, which tries to keep much of its programme free to enter. Tickets are available to buy here

Held annually, the Festival is a registered charity and the UK’s largest arts and culture led festival of multidisciplinary Irish focused work. It returns in 2019 from 17-27 October, with a new theme: unique stories, creatively told.

Liverpool actor Eithne Browne was raised in Huyton. Her father was Irish and a mariner. Her first stage role was in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers at Liverpool’s Playhouse. Since then her credits have included Take Three Girls, Shirley Valentine, Wuthering Heights and The Vagina Monologues, through to television work in Brookside, Cold Feet and Emmerdale

Emma Smith, Director of Liverpool Irish Festival, says

“We are delighted to welcome Eithne as a patron to the Festival. As a festival we celebrate Liverpool Irish identity through art and culture and no one embodies this better than Eithne. Who else can tell their Liverpool Irish story better than a renowned raconteur and performer? Eithne’s Quirky Cabaret promises to be filled with performance, music, song and laughter – the perfect vehicle for Eithne to tell her story, her way”. 

Eithne Browne says, 

“When I was first approached to become a patron for the Liverpool Irish Festival I was quite shocked… Had there been a mistake? Had they got the right Eithne?

Upon being told that “yes”, it was me, I felt quite emotional. What an honour to be asked, but also, how I wished my father was still here to stand beside me. I hope to do his memory justice and also support a festival that brings us all together..  We have a way with words and songs and music.. We are celebrating our history and creating our future.”

Liverpool Irish Festival returns 17-27 October. Full details to be announced in Aug/Sept 2019.

Quirky Cabaret: Celtic Crossing is at Sefton Park Palm House on Sun 18 Aug 2019 at 7pm. Tickets are £12-£14 and can be purchased through Ticket Quarter here 


Call: Go Green for St Patrick’s Day

Light the way in celebration!

Marking the great influence Ireland has had on our city – and honouring its significance – the Liverpool Irish Festival are asking friends across Liverpool and the city region to ‘Green the City’ in honour of the the Emerald Isle! Connected to an international programme of Global Greening (which has historically involved the Great Wall of China, the White House and the Sydney Opera House) turning green demonstrates our recognition of Ireland’s importance to Liverpool, reminding us why we celebrate its music, literature, dance, film, art, heritage, businesses, communities and more besides. At a time when ‘backstop’ agreements and division fill our daily news programme, this show of support, respect and unity offers light in the dark.

Call to action

If your organisation is able, we would ask you to contribute to ‘Global Greening’ by throwing green light on to your building, from sunset (18:17) on Sat 16 Mar 2019 until sunrise (06:20) on Mon 18 Mar 2019 and sharing the hashtags (below). We completely understand turning the coloured lighting off during daylight hours on Sun 17 Mar 2019, but would greatly value them being relit from 18:19 that day.

If going green is more than you are able to do, but you would like to take part, you can still follow the social media activity (see ourvideo for all the details).

If you intend to take part, please confirm by email no later than Mon 25 Feb 2019 so we can include you in our social media campaigns, which will call for audiences to support the ‘Global Greening’ with their likes, images and comments. Email [email protected] and use the following hashtags  #LIF2019 #GlobalGreening to link and drive support.

Promotional film (above)

We will update this video nearer the weekend of St Patrick’s Day to include your organisation/monument on the list and your logo (preferably in green), etc – but we can only do this if we know. PLEASE TELL US!

This is Liverpool Irish Festival‘s only dedicated city-wide St Patrick’s Day activity. Your help shows we are a connected city that celebrates its diversity, heritage and long-serving friendship. If you can, please join in and ask your audiences to help us get this connection trending around the world.