Where to celebrate 1916 here in the UK

Where to celebrate 1916 here in the UK

At least 87 events will take place here to celebrate centenary of Easter Rising

An official programme of community events that will take place across Britain to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising has been launched.

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, launched the programme, which includes 87 confirmed events so far, at a reception at the Irish Embassy in London.

The programme is being organised by the Embassy of Ireland in London, Culture Ireland and the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh.

Minister Flanagan stressed the importance of Ireland’s relationship with Britain and the need to include the diaspora here in commemorating such a significant event in Ireland’s history.

Minister Flanagan said: “The programme will take place in venues across Britain – from institutions of major cultural significance like the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican, to community spaces from Glasgow to Camden to Liverpool.”

“This is an exciting and busy programme. It offers an occasion to reflect on what happened in Ireland a century ago and on its impact on relationships on these islands.

“Reaching out to and engaging with our Irish diaspora is a key strand of the 1916 commemorations, including recognising their contribution to Ireland over the last 100 years. I am particularly pleased that 19 community projects will be funded through the Embassy’s Community Fund.

“Stories will be at the centre of the commemorations and the Embassy are supporting what I am sure will be fascinating projects which offer great insight into the period including a digital collection day and a major photography exhibition. These will enhance our understanding of our shared and overlapping histories.

“Throughout 2016, the Embassy will ensure that the major events of that fateful year are reflected, whether they relate to Easter week in Dublin, the battlefields of the Somme or the trial of Roger Casement here in London.

“This is a moment of great opportunity to reflect on and advance further the productive journey of reconciliation on which our two countries have been embarked for some years now.”

Take a look at some of the projects here:

Venue & Event Date Website/Ticketing information for some of the key 1916 commemorative events:

‘Ireland 2016’ – The Chieftains and Special Guests at Celtic Connections, Glasgow
15 January 2016

Photographer’s Gallery – Easter Rising 1916 Sean Sexton Collection
22 January – 3 April 2016
The Photographers’ Gallery

Barbican Centre – ‘Macalla 1916’, presented by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Association of Traditional Irish musicians)
4 March 2016

Screening of the 1916: The Irish Rebellion Notre Dame documentary with Irish Film Festival London
16 March 2016

Wigmore Hall – ‘Irish Culture in Britain – A Centenary Celebration’
21 April 2016
Booking for ‘Irish Culture in Britain – a Centenary
Celebration’ at Wigmore Hall from 5 February 2016

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre – ‘Imagining Ireland’
29 April 2016
On sale from 26 November 2015

The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and History Faculty – two month display, 1916: Responses to the Easter Rising, a web archiving project and a high-profile academic symposium organised by Prof Roy Foster & Prof Senia Paseta.
Bodleian 1 Feb – 3 April 2016
Symposium 10 March 2016
Bodleian Library For further details on the academic symposium, please contact Prof. Senia Paseta: senia.paseta@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk

Churchill College Cambridge will host a high-profile 3-day academic conference, The Easter 1916 Rising in a Global Perspective, organised by Prof. Eugenio Biagini. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Roskill Lecture (speaker to be announced).
3-5 March 2016
Prof Eugenio Biagini – efb21@cam.ac.uk

The 20th Conference of Irish Historians, Irish Revolutions, will take place at the University of Liverpool. The conference will explore the meaning and impact of the 1916 Rising and situate it within the broader context of revolutionary movements in Irish history.
1-3 July 2016
Prof Ian McBride – ian.mcbride@kcl.ac.uk

The full programme is available on the Embassy’s website www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/great-britain


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