Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture Opens at Kennedy Center

Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture Opens at Kennedy Center

Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture Opens at Kennedy Center

On 17 May 2016, a gala performance in the Concert Hall at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts marks the beginning of a special three-week Festival of Irish arts and culture in Washington,D.C.

The Festival, in one of the most prestigious performing arts centres in the world, is the centrepiece of the US activities as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

The schedule includes many of the most well-known Irish artists working across a range of artforms and promises to highlight Irish culture over the last 100 years and its relationship to America. As well as music, theatre and dance performances, the festival includes many of our finest writers in a literature series (in association with Poetry Ireland), documentary screenings (through IFI International), installations and culinary events.

It seems entirely appropriate for the Festival to be located in the Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the most well-known Irish American President and the first sitting American President to visit Ireland.

Irish actress, Fiona Show is Artist-in-Residence for the Festival and also directs the Gala Opening Performance on Tuesday which also features many of the Irish artists who will feature over the three-week period including Barry Douglas, Tara Erraught, Iarla Ó Lionaird, Colin Dunne and pipers from Na Píobairí Uilleann.

 

Other highlights include The Abbey Theatre’s production of The Plough and the Stars by Seán O’Casey, Pan Pan Theatre’s All That Fall by Samuel Beckett, Olwen Fouéré in riverrun, Jean Butler’s new Dance piece, The Gloaming and writers Colm Toibín, Eavan Boland and Colum McCann.

The Ogham Wall, a large-scale installation by Grafton Architects that features the Irish Ogham Alphabet will be in the Hall of Nations and The Earth Harp, the world’s largest stringed instrument will be played daily in the Hall of States.

Full programme details and booking information for the Festival is available here

The Festival has received major support from the Embassy of Ireland.

Further information on the 2016 International Centenary Programme can be found here 

 

Posted: 13.05.16