New Irish cultural celebration for London – Jun 24-26, 2016
The London Irish Centre is running a brand new weekend of Irish art, culture and community. Supported by Culture Ireland’s International Centenary Programme, the LIC will host leading Irish musicians, poets, story-tellers, theatre-makers, historians, visual art, workshops, films and film-makers, cultural workshops and more in a celebration and exploration of Irish culture and identity.
‘We are very excited about this new Irish arts weekend in London. The artistic talent that we will have in the building over the weekend is simply astounding, and we’re creating all kinds of creative collaborations and unique artistic experience for our audiences. Bringing together artists from Ireland, Irish artists in London and of course the Irish community around our Centre, Céad really has something for all lovers of Irish arts and culture’. Gary Dunne, Director of Arts, London Irish Centre
Friday night will open will a poetry event which will explore the poets and poetry of the Rising, with visiting poets and historians. The photographic exhibition ‘An Chéad Céad’, on loan from Axis Arts Centre, Dublin, which features leading figures in the Irish language world, will also be viewable from Friday.
On Saturday, the LIC will host a beautiful programme of Irish films in partnership with the Irish Film Institute. Don’t miss the Irish Film Board’s selection of Irish short films, the historic 1916 documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, or Song of The Sea, beautiful Irish animation for all of the family.
Also on Saturday and Sunday, you can take part in a series of cultural workshops and community events. Whether you want to learn or refresh your Irish language, explore Irish identity in London, try your hand at writing a play, or sing a song at the open mic, there will be many ways for you to take part.
Saturday night sees the Headline Concert, which will feature the New Airs project from composer Glen Austin and the RTE Contempo Quartet, who will play classical arrangement of Irish pop, rock and folk classics. Also performing on the night will be leading Irish poets and musicians including Liam Ó Maonlái (Hothouse Flowers), Ronan O’Snodaigh (KILA), John Spillane and more.
Full details and booking on www.londonirishcentre.org or at the individual event links below.