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Liverpool Irish Festival 2021

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Artful stories, mindful exchanges: The Liverpool Irish Festival is back this October with 50 events to inspire debate, connection and exchange.

Liverpool Irish Festival 2021

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From Ireland, to Liverpool -and across the world- exchange celebrates that which brings us closer or drives us apart; to consider identity, heritage and play. Activities take you to new places in the city, as well as old haunts; inviting people of all ages to join in and celebrate Irish creativity. We hope to meet you there!


Old Time Sailors run a rollicking night of acoustic fun with an 18-member crew who will 'shiver their timbers' (and yours) well in to the night
£12/£10, Liverpool Irish Centre, 8pm 21 Oct

The Wife of Michael Cleary: a songbook previews (BBC Performing Arts Fellowship graduate) Maz O'Connor's songs from the musical production of the same name, providing a rich musical experience and incredible maker insights
£12/£10, Liverpool's Royal Court Studio, 8.15pm 22 Oct (bio and additional info attached)

Cocoons brings together three Northern Irish music makers -Matt McGinn, Blánid and Liverpool-based KingFast- to play and discuss music, Irish connections and mixed heritage in a live podcast recording
£12/£10, Grand Central Hall, 6pm 24 Oct

Lessons of War is Matt McGinn's 2020 album, recorded -at distance- with international musicians from war torn parts of the world, demonstrating how music can unite us; supported here by Liverpool's Charlie McKeon this will be an exceptional night of musical mastery
£18/£15, Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, 8pm 23 Oct

From Here to There platforms an exchange between Cork and Liverpool's independent labels, Unemployable Promotion and Mellowtone, featuring rising stars Sara Ryan, Mide Houlihan, Karen Turley and Seafoam Green
£10adv/£12 door, District, 8pm 29 Oct


The Curious Disappearance of Mr Foo is an online play, developed using the verbatim accounts of those left behind by the forced repatriation of Liverpool's Chinese seamen (1940s), documenting the break-up many families and relationships -often Irish- featuring Simon Wan (Eastenders) and Tina Malone (Shameless)
Free, Online, 6pm 22 Oct

In this live-audience podcast recording of The Irish History Podcast, Fin Dwyer will interview living-Liverpudlians about their Irish history and dual/mixed heritage lives
£7/£5, Grand Central Hall, 2pm 24 Oct

Obscured View tells the story of how a Dublin woman (and long-time Liverpool resident) found affinity in Irish football and the difficulties of her journey
£11/£8, Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, 8pm 27 Oct

The Esteemed Dr Barry, written by Liverpool writer Carol McGinn, traces the life of Dr Barry from their home in Cork, via London and Edinburgh to global travels, via progressive their work in the British Army
£10/£8, Liverpool Medical Institution, 6pm and 8pm, 28 and 29 Oct

As well as these ticketed events, we've a raft of free activities for people to explore, plus online film programmes, talks and tours. There's a full event schedule HERE.