Liverpool Irish Festival

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By AdFeatures | Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 10:52

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This year marks the 10th Liverpool Irish Festival, which began in 2003 to celebrate 150 years of the Liverpool Irish community, heritage and migration.

Running for ten days, from 11th to 21st October, this landmark event, which promises to be the best yet, is well worth visiting, and there are plenty of discount hotels available in the city for those who live outside Liverpool – or even Liverpudlians who just fancy a drink (and let’s face it, how can you celebrate Irish traditions without a drop of the hard stuff?!).

Continuing to advance the artistic and cultural links between this city and Ireland, the event will host a huge open air production at the Albert Dock, the return of the Irish Sea Sessions concert and the Cork Film Festival along with newcomers such as accordion player Dave Munnelly and singer Mary Coughlan.

Other Highlights:

The Fifth Province – A photographic exhibition by Tadhg Devlin

A study of contemporary Ireland through the eyes of a returned emigrant, the exhibition highlights the country’s radical shift in values brought about by the boom of the 1990s. The Fifth Province comprises more than 20 colour photos and runs from 29th September to 21st October at the Bluecoat.

Dervish

One of the premier line-ups in traditional Irish music, Dervish is fronted by singer Cathy Jordan, who is regarded by many to have the most distinctive voice in Irish music today. Representing Celtic music at major festivals, playing at The Great Wall of China and performing in the US on St Patrick’s Day, Dervish are constantly travelling the globe, but you can catch their fiery energy and mature complexity on 11th October at the Epstein Theatre.

Tours

Tours are a great way to learn about the history of a place and with walking tours including the ‘Nuns, Knaves and Nurses’ on 13th October, ‘Tracing the Past’ on 14th October and ‘Priest, Paupers and Politics’ on 20th October, you can discover the city’s Irish character and unique heritage, hear the stories behind familiar buildings or learn about politics. There’s even the ‘Liverpool Irish Heritage Coach Tour’ on 21st October for those who don’t like walking.

Moby Dick

After last year’s productions of Beckett’s ‘First Love’ and ‘The End’, the Gare St Lazare Players return to the Unity Theatre on 16th October with their unique adaptation of the Melville classic.

So what are you waiting for? Find hotels in Liverpool and let the Irish celebrations commence!

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