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.