Liverpool Irish Festival
Various venues + online – 15/10-25/10
October sees the return of the annual LIVERPOOL IRISH FESTIVAL, celebrating the connections between Liverpool and Ireland through art, conversation, music, and history. This year the 10-day festival will run a virtual programme headlined by Irish comedian and TV presenter PATRICK KIELTY, who kicks things off by hosting the discursive event Hard Histories, Positive Futures, in which he will interview representatives from Northern Ireland’s Commission for Victims and Survivors.
Following on from this, award-winning CNN correspondent MIKE CHINOY is discussing his new biography Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights Movement. Focused upon co-founder of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association Kevin Boyle, the biography explores Kevin’s role in the curation of the Good Friday Agreement, while delving into Northern Ireland’s Troubles and the legacies.
As always, music plays a large role in the make-up of the festival, and this year sees independent Cork-based label Unemployable Promotions present a showcase of their roster of artists. The event will provide a taster of the music scene over in the Munster city and instigate a future exchange for talent in the respective ports.
Despite the novel delivery of the majority of this years’s festival programme, exploring the city’s Irish heritage continues to be a key aspect of the event, and this year is no different. A walking tour of Scotland Road will take place, as well as the South Liverpool Walk. A third tour, City of Hunger, City of Gold marks the Irish Famine and will lead from the Irish Famine memorial at St Luke’s Gardens and finish at Central Library. These tour routes see walkers learn about Irish history through churches, pubs, statues and architecture across the city.
Also original for the festival’s 2020 edition, the Meet the Maker series seeks to introduce online audiences to artists, creators and crafters of both Liverpool and Irish heritage. The one-off online events are set to explore and celebrate their art, through knowledge exchanges and Q&A sessions. The series will feature the likes of biographer CARMEN CULLEN, musician TERRY CLARKE-COYNE and historian GREG QUIERY, among others.