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Albert Dock (Dublin)

A warm Gaelic welcome is guaranteed at the historic Albert Dock where our nautical festival includes a wealth of Celtic cultural celebrations.

Ireland is Liverpool’s closest cousin across the sea. And with more than half of Liverpudlians having Irish blood running through their veins, it’s no wonder the city has produced generations of musicians, artists, storytellers and poets.

Enjoy a taste of that rich culture in a programme of events taking over the spaces around the dock and the Dr Martin Luther King Building – being turned in to an Irish Pavilion.

Tap your toes to the rhythmic sound of traditional Irish dance, as members of the George Ferguson and Bolger-Cunningham Dance Academies showcase the best in the irresistible high-energy artform.

And watch some ingenious and enchanting movies which were shown for the first time in Liverpool during the inaugural Celtic Animation Film Festival as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival 2017, re-curated here especially for the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta.

Both take place inside the porticoed Dr Martin Luther King Building, once the home of the dock traffic office when sailing ships plied their trade between Liverpool and Ireland.

Outside meanwhile there’s a takeover of a historic ship, where you can enjoy some great tunes from musicians who hail from either side of the Irish Sea, along with the chance to enjoy a taste of some traditional Irish food and drink.

And stop to wonder at some spectacular new commissions created especially for the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, including Faith Bebbington’s giant tabby Ship’s Cat and Super Rat and prepare to be dazzled by the Rising Sun installation which will come to life as the real sun sets.

Some of the festivities are supported by the creative team behind the city’s annual Liverpool Irish Festival. Guaranteed to put a spring in your step and song in your heart.

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  • The Ghost Ship by Mihai Baba

    The Ghost Ship by Mihai Baba

    Salthouse dock
    Mon 21 May ‘18 - Mon 28 May ‘18

    The Ghost Ship is a high-tech art installation consisting of a life sized sailing ship reproduced as an immaterial image on one or more water screens. Seen only at night,

  • The Ship Stage

    The Ship Stage

    Albert Dock
    Sat 26 May ‘18 - Sun 27 May ‘18

    The Ships Stage will be aboard La Malouine Tall Ship opposite Canning Dock car park. Enjoy Irish food and drink whilst being serenaded by musicians who hail from either side

  • Celtic Animation Film Festival and Irish Dancing

    Celtic Animation Film Festival and Irish Dancing

    Martin Luther King Building
    Sat 26 May ‘18 - Sun 27 May ‘18

    In 2017, the Liverpool Irish Festival launched the inaugural Celtic Animation Film Festival (CAFF), organised by curators and animation experts Kate Corbin and Eleanora Asparuhova. For the Three Festivals Tall

  • The Ship’s Cat and Super Rat by Faith Bebbington

    The Ship’s Cat and Super Rat by Faith Bebbington

    Albert Dock
    Fri 25 May ‘18 - Mon 28 May ‘18

    She’s the maritime moggie with a tail to tell and is weighing anchor at the Albert Dock for the duration of the Tall Ships Regatta. Inspired by legendary feline seafarers

  • Message in a Bottle by Lulu Quinn

    Message in a Bottle by Lulu Quinn

    Salthouse dock
    Fri 25 May ‘18 - Mon 28 May ‘18

      Lulu Quinn wants to save our seas. But she needs your help to send out her SOS message and spark some positive environmental change. Her giant 26ft (8m) blue

  • Nobby Boats

    Nobby Boats

    Albert Dock
    Sat 26 May ‘18 - Sun 27 May ‘18

    With their stout lines, wide sidedecks, trim sails and shallow hulls, Nobbys were once a regular sight in the waters off Southport and in Morecambe Bay, where they trawled for

  • Parade of Song

    Parade of Song

    Albert Dock
    Mon 28 May ‘18

    Ahoy there! All aboard the good ship sing song! A call out for musicians and performers of all ages and experience, to apply to take part in the Parade of

  • The Rising Sun

    The Rising Sun

    Albert Dock
    Mon 21 May ‘18 - Mon 28 May ‘18

    Rising Sun is a large scale light and sound installation that comes to life as the real sun sets. As darkness falls, Rising Sun brings a stunning shimmer of light and sound

  • Kit and Caboodle

    Kit and Caboodle


    Sat 26 May ‘18 - Mon 28 May ‘18

    With miniature puppet shows inside a big, rolling mule puppet, the timeless theme of migration is packaged up in Thingumajig’s latest street act, KIT AND CABOODLE. A pack mule with its