Culture Unconfined: 5 day digital festival of online Film, Music, Drama, and Poetry; hosted by the University of Liverpool

Culture Unconfined is a five-day digital festival, a celebration of emotional response through which our cultural behaviour is reactive to the environment that now surrounds us. 

Replacing the cancelled with on-going and off with on, Culture Unconfined provides a programme that combines light-hearted entertainment and the examination of complex emotions through the fusion of musical styles, documentary, drama and poetry.

We are pleased to present a programme of cultural activity including new work from the poet Rita Ann Higgins, tracking her dawning realisation that COVID-19 was neither fleeting nor momentary.

Through film we explore the fascination with the footballer Maradona. A Museum for Me offers up the opportunity for families to connect through memory, family history and future hopes.

Nuala Honan brings post-punk rawness intertwined with audacious, operatic singing, while Red Fox Theatre bring children’s theatre in a Liverpool setting and Makeyuppers provide bedtime stories with a grown up twist.

The creative musical talents of Gerald Barry, Ian Prowse and Green Tangerines provide wider inspiration. The festival also presents the harrowing nature of war and conflict through the documentary The Man Who Shot the War and the play What If

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We are delighted to have been able to incorporate some live performances into our programme, and are pleased to announce the following:

Tuesday 12 May 1pm – Deidre Ni Chonghaile

Join musician, broadcaster, lecturer and writer Dr Deidre Ni Chonghaile as she discusses her research into the music of the Aran Islands and plays traditional folk songs on her fiddle.

You must pre-register to take part in this event:

Wednesday 13 May 1pm – Jamie Kenny

Join Associate Principal Double Bassist with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Jamie Kenny, as part of our lunchtime concert series.

Thursday 14 May 1pm – Absolute Kinship with Ryan Molloy and Martin Dyar

Composer Ryan Molloy and poet Martin Dyar discuss their ground-breaking song cycle Buaine na Goaithe, a suite for soprano, harp and flute, followed by an exclusive screening of a performance of the work by Damselfly Trio.

You must pre-register to take part in this event: