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Liverpool Irish Festival 2019 looks at migration and changing Irish culture

Liverpool Irish Festival 2019 takes place this month and promises 10 days of the best of Irish art and culture.

Around 60 music, performance, talks, walks, discussions, exhibitions, food, drink, film, family friendly and sports events will take place in venues across the city.

The theme of this year’s festival is migration, how Irish culture changes as you travel around the world and how Irish people both in Eire and elsewhere affect Irish identity.

The festival was founded in 2003 as an “appreciation and celebration of the unique links between Liverpool and Ireland” and to highlight the Irish contribution to the city’s heritage and culture over more than a century-and-a-half.

Among the music highlights for 2019 are performances from Christy Moore, Jack Lukeman and Kilkelly (helping to celebrate 15 years of Mellowtone).

Visible Women – taking place at the Philharmonic’s Music Room on October 23 - shows off the contemporary talents of Irish singer-songwriters Maz O’Connor, Laura Duff (pictured top) and headliner Lisa O’Neill.

In:Visible Women

Meanwhile In:Visible Women, an annual strand of work within the Liverpool Irish Festival, runs at Tate Liverpool from October 14-20 as part of its Tate Exchange as well as a thread through the #LIF2019 programme.

The work has been generated by conversations with artists, academics, activists, audiences and communities about the role of women in Irish society and creativity, both historically and today.

Elsewhere, wward-winning Irish actor John Connors performs Ireland's Call in the Royal Court Studio on October 21, while Liverpool Playhouse hosts suffragist sister drama Rebels and Friends on October 25-26.

John Connors - Ireland's Call

The Celtic Animation Film Festival returns to Liverpool for a third year as part of a film programme.

A Family Day takes place at the Museum of Liverpool on October 26 and a Family Céilí at Liverpool Irish Centre on October 27, promising music, dance and an appearance from the Armagh Rhymers.

Liverpool Irish Festival runs from October 17-27. Full details HERE

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