Event details:

Venue:Various venues
Start date:19.10.23
End date:29.10.23
Book event

The programme for Liverpool Irish Festival 2023 is now live on their website.

#LIF2023 comprises 40 events for both adults and children from Thursday 19th October to Sunday 29th October. As always, there’ll be Irish artists and contributors from the worlds of music, theatre, film, spoken word, visual arts and academia.

Read on for a taste of what to expect!

LIF Now Hiring a Festival Coordinator

Following a recent funding success, Liverpool Irish Festival has a short window to recruit a Festival Coordinator, supporting Festival delivery in 2023. This is your chance to get involved in the running of this year’s programme. If you’re a dynamic, friendly and energised individual, then have a look how to apply.

Launch Event

Hear about the programme for 2023 at the LIF launch event. Book ahead to ensure you have the best seats and to claim your arrival refreshment!

  • Date: Thursday 19th October
  • Time: 6pm – 8pm
  • Location: Liverpool Irish Centre, Boundary Lane, L6 5JG

Liverpool Irish Festival – 10 Days of Art & Culture

Film & Art

Indie Cork Presents Ó Bhéal. 18th October at Fact Liverpool, 7pm – 10pm.

In celebration of 50-years of hip-hop, the the UK premiere of Ciara Nic Chormaic’s Irish language film Ó Bhéal (2023).

Click here for more FILM & ART events, such as a film screening of Ulysses and a conversation with In The Window artist, Niamh Grimes.

Community & Family

Memories Coffee Morning. 23rd October at Liverpool Irish Centre, 11am – 1pm.

Celebrate 25 years of the Irish Centre at Boundary Lane and reminisce about the important role its played within Liverpool’s Irish community.

Click here for more COMMUNITY events, a networking day for Irish creatives and Samhain Céilí – a fancy dress event for kids and grown-up kids!

Performance & Literature

Two plays: A Bolt from d’Blue and For the Love of Mary. 24th October at Leaf on Bold Street.

Single-hander pieces, of roughly an hour, performed by their writers. Either see both or pick one to watch!

Click here for more LITERATURE events, a writer’s reading of Brave Maeve and a writing workshop with poet and author, Pascal O’Loughlin.


You, Me or the Wallpaper. 25th October at Sefton Park Palm House, 8pm – 10.30pm.

Award-winning musician, Sue Rynhart returns to the festival with her unique voice and extraordinary blend of folk and jazz.

Click here for more MUSIC events, like the bodhrán workshops with John Joe Kelly and songwriting workshop with songwriter and composer, Maz O’Connor.

Talks & Tours

Conflict, Diaspora & Empire. 25th October, online from 11am – 12.15pm.

In this lecture, Dr. Darragh Gannon charts the development of Irish nationalism across the Irish sea with a focus on Liverpool.

Click here for more TALKS & TOURS, such as the book launch for Tony Crowley’s Liverpool: A Memoir of Words and a walking tour around Scotland Road – former heartland of Liverpool’s Irish community.

To see Liverpool Irish Festival’s full programme of events, head to their website.

Liverpool Irish Festival is a charity and a cultural fixture in Liverpool’s calendar. The festival acts as a voice for Ireland in the city, bringing Liverpool and Ireland closer since 2003. To find out more head to their website or read last year’s spotlight interview with CEO, Emma Smith.

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