Preview: Liverpool Irish Festival 19th-29th October 2017
For over eight hundred years Liverpool has been a thriving community and many of the people who have come and gone during this time have been Irish. The city has strong roots with Ireland, with an estimated 75% of the city’s population having Irish roots. This is why each year, since 2002, the Liverpool Irish Festival has been held to celebrate the roots of the people who live here. Taking place from 19th to 29th October, the festival as always will feature music, food, art, history, theatre, sport and more, and this is just some of what you can expect.
Liverpool is of course no stranger to music and it’s something it shares with Ireland. This is why there is heavy focus on artists performing during the eleven days. You will be able to hear such bands as Seafoam Green, The Whistlin’ Donkeys, The Eskies, Strength Nia and more. You can hear and see them at the various events being held around Liverpool, including the Music Room at the Liverpool Philharmonic, that will hold an after show each day. The Trad at the Eddie is a chance to hear some a range of great music on the 23rd at The Edinburgh pub. The Saltcutters are a traditional style band that embodies the fusion of Irish and Liverpool cultures and you can meet them and learn more at The Caledonia on the 24th.
Handyman Brewery Craft Beer Festival
When you’re talking about culture, food is always important. Each nation on Earth has their own unique recipes and cuisine that incarnates what they are all about. The Liverpool Irish Festival is no expectation and here you will be able to learn about and eat a lot of different food. On the 19th there is the Handyman Supermarket Irish Craft Beer Festival that celebrates the spirits of both places. You can also grab something to eat at the Supper Céilí dancing event and the Family Céilí and Comhaltas’s 60th Celebrations that is great for the whole family. The daily Festival Club Aftershows will also be great place for something to eat.
The festival is squeezed into ten days, so a little bit of advance planning would help you get the most out of the celebration. Check which events are likely to be popular and save disappointment by booking tickets in advance. While some parts of the festival will be serving food, you’re not guaranteed a bite to eat, so you should check for any eateries nearby or order some Italian takeaway direct to you at home if you don’t have time to cook before or after an event.
Liverpool is an exciting city. It is bustling with diverse people who work, create and live here. Each person brings something unique to the city and adds to the flavour and atmosphere. Liverpool is always busy with events, festivals, and more. The Liverpool Irish Festival is one biggest of all these, so you must check it out this October.
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