Liverpool Irish Festival 2010

Damien Dempsey
Damien Dempsey

LIVERPOOL IRISH FESTIVAL 2010 LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
The Liverpool Irish Festival runs from 15 – 31 October 2010.

The full line-up for this year’s Liverpool Irish Festival has been unveiled with organisers heralding a return to its musical roots.

The festival, now in its eighth year, celebrates the unique links between Liverpool and Ireland and features music, film, poetry, art, sport and educational events.

Musical highlights include Damien Dempsey with Amsterdam at the Stanley Theatre, Christy Moore and Brian Kennedy at the Philharmonic Hall and Sefton Park Palm House will play host to the London Lasses and Pete Quinn

Comedian Dara O’Briain will take to the stage at the Philharmonic and the Contemporary Urban Centre will welcome dancer Colin Dunne and his Out of Time multi-disciplinary show.

The Cork Film Festival, Ireland’s oldest and largest film festival, will present a programme of award winning short films over two days at FACT.  Sports fans will get the chance to enjoy an adrenaline-packed game of Gaelic football at Greenbank Park.

A number of Liverpool’s pubs are hosting traditional sessions and ceilis with organisers aiming to make the city come alive to the sounds of Irish music.

Jake Roney, festival director, said: “We’re very proud of this year’s line-up and really think it has something for everyone.

“After eight years the festival has become something of an institution in Liverpool’s cultural calendar but we’ve put a lot of effort into ensuring it has new, vibrant events along with old favourites.

“There is a big focus on music in 2010 – we’ve listened to the feedback of festival goers from the last few years and have increased the number of sessions in pubs around the city so as many people as possible can enjoy a Liverpool Irish Festival experience.”

Education continues to play a key role in the festival with the return of heritage walking tours and talks and lectures at Liverpool University’s Institute of Irish Studies.

The Liverpool Irish Festival runs from 15 – 31 October 2010.  For ticket and event information please visit www.liverpoolirishfestival.com or call the festival hotline on 07804 286 145.

Full line up:

Traditional Music and Dance Sessions – 15 October 2010, Various Locations

Brian Kennedy – 15 October 2010, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Irish Night at The Inglebrook – 15 October 2010, The Inglebrook

Moving Voices, Irish Travellers – 16 October 2010, Community Base

Remembering 1920 – 16 October 2010, Dept. Of Continuing Education

Finding the Liverpool Irish – 16 October 2010, North City Centre

The London Lasses and Pete Quinn – 16 October 2010, Palm House

Andy Irvine – 16 October 2010, Rodewald Suite

Finding the Liverpool Irish – 17 October 2010, South City Centre

Traditional Irish Dinner – 17 October 2010, St. Michael’s Irish Centre

Joseph O’Connor and Lizzie Nunnery – 17 October 2010, Bluecoat

Andy Irvine – 17 October 2010, Rodewald Suite

Capital Nights One: Irish Triple Bill – 19 October 2010, The Capstone

Kieron Goss – 19 October 2010, Rodewald Suite

Skirm and Danny Cameron – 19 October 2010, Flanagan’s Apple

Festival Lecture: Patrick McCabe – 20 October 2010, Eleanor Rathbone Theatre

Colin Dunne: Out of Time – 20 October 2010, Contemporary Urban Centre

Congress – 20 October 2010, O’Neills

The Irish Sea Sessions – 22 October 2010, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Local History Workshops – 23 October 2010, St. Michael’s Irish Centre

Gaelic Football – Live! – 23 October 2010, John Mitchel’s Ground

Finding the Liverpool Irish – 23 October 2010, South City Centre

Damien Dempsey + Amsterdam – 23 October 2010, Stanley Theatre

Finding the Liverpool Irish – 24 October 2010, North City Centre

Youth of the North – 24 October 2010, The Casa

Terry Coyne and Friends – 24 October 2010, St. Michael’s Irish Centre

Cork Film Festival Presents – 25 October 2010, Picturehouse at FACT

Cork Film Festival Presents – 26 October 2010, Picturehouse at FACT

Skirm and Danny Cameron – 26 October 2010, Picturehouse at FACT

Mellowtone – 27 October 2010, View Two Gallery

St. Michael’s Supper Ceili – 27 October 2010, St. Michael’s Irish Centre

Congress – 27 October 2010, O’Neills

Dara O’Briain – 28 October 2010, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Christy Moore – 29 October 2010, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Liverpool Acoustic Live – 29 October 2010, View Two Gallery

Christy Moore – 30 October 2010, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Explore Liverpool’s Famine Heritage by Coach – 31 October 2010, St. Michael’s Irish Centre

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