Discover Ireland, in Liverpool!
In its fourteenth year, Liverpool Irish Festival has no plans in slowing down its feat of exploring and celebrating contemporary and traditional elements of Irish cultural history. A plethora of culture, performance, film, music and talks are on the agenda once more this month, but with the new theme of ‘conviviality’ and what it means to be friendly – an attribute that both Irish and Scousers know well and hold close to their hearts. Conviviality perfectly epitomises our two cultures; what it means to be Irish and what it means to be Irish here in Liverpool.
Commemorating one hundred years since the Irish rebellion against British rule, the Easter Rising, this year’s Liverpool Irish Festival also serves as a centenary celebration of activities, exhibitions and sessions that reflect stories of what being Irish means at home, and abroad. As any cultural celebration held here, you cannot afford to miss what Liverpool’s Irish Festival has in store for you.
The celebrations may already be underway, so let us guide you to the best of the rest…
Sklonište – 20th October
Irish classical composer and writer Ailís Ní Ríain’s fascination with creating work across music, theatre and installation will be showcased through her deeply moving yet provocative work, Sklonište. Dubbed ‘a significant talent’ by The Irish Times, the performance will celebrate the humour and resilient spirit of Sarajevans who lived through The Siege of Sarajevo; the longest siege in modern history. Her combination of classical accordion, poetry, photography and film will play tonight at 8.30pm at The Box, FACT, get tickets here to avoid missing out.
Rackhouse Pilfer – 21st October
Hailing from Sligo, Ireland, Rackhouse Pilfer are delivering a stomping, fiery and exciting performance at St. Michael’s Irish Centre this Friday, with their Americana, roots-rock sounds. As ‘a word of mouth phenomenon’, rave reviews have been flooding in for the high-octane six-piece since their Summer European tour, and we can’t wait to see why. Come down and see what all the fuss is about, tickets here.
The Logues – 22nd October
County Tyrone folk rock band, The Logues, are bringing their ‘whiskey-soaked folk’, ‘psycho- céilí’ unique genre of sounds to St. Michael’s Irish Centre this Saturday. With 2016 marking their tenth year on the road, they’ll no doubt be raring to raise the roof as one of Ireland’s most sough-after live bands. Sound like your thing? Get tickets here and bring those dancing boots - we’re bringing ours. See you there!
Treasure House Theatre, World Museum: Alsop Drama - 22nd and 23rd Oct
Here in Liverpool, we’re suckers for theatre and the arts, and Ireland’s overwhelming contribution to English drama is no secret. Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats; the list goes on and on. And with Liverpool’s colossal network of home-grown writers, productions and venues – from the Everyman Playhouse to Unity Theatre and more - our Irish Festival gives everyone the chance to explore the connection between exquisite Irish theatre and Liverpool’s dedication to championing emerging talent.
A trinity of plays, using the traditional format of one act only, are scheduled over the coming weekend by the RSC, Alsop Drama. Each will explore ‘the undead’ and specifically Irish peasantry’s superstitious connection with the dead; folklores of myth and mysticism and how these rural life beliefs influenced a culture drawn to spirits, the living, and the past. But what plays will be performed? Feast your senses on Riders to the Sea and The Shadow of the Glen by John Millington Synge, and Purgatory by WB Yeats. What a treat this is going to be.
Performed at the Treasure House Theatre at the World Museum, every hour from 11am til 4pm, we have to warn you: tickets are only available from the World Museum booking desk on a first-come first-served basis, so make sure you head down in plenty of time to get your hands on one.
Irish Trad session at Kelly’s Dispensary – 23rd October
An Irish-Liverpudlian institution in its own right, Kelly’s Dispensary is opening its doors for some fresh traditional Irish music to get the blood flowing and the bevs going. A self-proclaimed ‘fringe’ event, Kelly’s has always been one to support the local Gaelic community and this year’s festival gives you the chance to enjoy some community chin-wagging and foot-stomping. A home-from-home for many local Irish residents, pull up a chair (performers receive free food and drink) and sing, dance and drink like the locals.
Want to know more? Visit Liverpool Irish Festival’s website here for more even more electrifying events. See you there!