Culture Unconfined

Culture Unconfined

Culture Unconfined brings together inspiring cultural activity drawn from the creative spaces of film, drama, music, and poetry from across the UK and Ireland.

The University of Liverpool created this online festival as a civic-led response to the Covid-19 crisis.

In these difficult times, access to cultural and creative activities is more important than ever, both for audiences and performers. 

Running between 11 and 15 May 2020, Culture Unconfined features film, performance, music, poetry and more, to remind us that life goes on, in all its glory, and the creative spirit will endure.

Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, welcomes you to Culture Unconfined

Professor Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Cultural Engagement welcomes you to the festival

Explore all the performances below.

Monday 11 May

Gerald Barry

Gerald Barry

11am. An exciting opportunity to get a close up look into the creative process of world-renowned orchestral and operatic composer Gerald Barry from his home as he works on his new opera based on Oscar Wilde’s Salome for Los Angeles .

Roisin Walter

Roisin Walters: Irish Traditional meets Bach’s Partitas

1pm. Accomplished, renowned and award-winning violinist Roisin Walters gives one of her exciting performances for Culture Unconfined.

Tuesday 12 May

Wednesday 13 May

Thursday 14 May

Friday 15 May

Loris and the Lion

Loris and the Lion

1pm. Loris and the Lion are a duo from Liverpool who weave gentle tales of joy and loss; a patchwork of sonic delights built by (wo)man and machine to soothe the soul and feed the heart. Wonderful, inventive and not to be missed!


Rita Ann Higgins: ‘I must wash down the banister’

4pm. Renowned poet Rita Ann Higgins reads some of her latest works, including those responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Nuala Honan

Nuala Honan

7pm. Join award-winning Australian vocalist Nuala Honan as she discusses her musical journey, her latest compositions and performs some of her latest powerful, post-punk songs.