Get Ready for Irish Culture to Light Your Inner Spark
With a proud literary and artistic canon, it’s no secret that a passion for the arts is synonymous with Ireland.
From festivals and national celebrations, through to our writing, music and dance productions, we love to inspire people all over the world with new and emerging creative works and productions. So, if you’re on the hunt for a dash of culture, read on to learn some of the ways contemporary Irish culture can excite and entertain you.
Performing Our Way into People’s Hearts
Our theatres and performance spaces heave with amazing shows, plays and concerts, but we don’t just keep them to ourselves. We’ve shared Irish dancing, singing and acting sensations with the rest of the world through touring shows like Riverdance, Celtic Woman and Heartbeat of Home. Our talented musicians like U2, Van Morrison, Enya, The Script and Hozier constantly bring their own brand of magic worldwide - and acclaimed actress, Hayley Mills, is starring in Irish writer Isobel Mahon’s play, Party Face, which is currently running in New York.
The Spotlight is on the Brightest Stars in Our Firmament
Irish people are leading the charge in Hollywood, and credit for much of it has been given to our thriving film industry, which is supported by the Irish Film Board. We secured five Academy Award nominations this year, across a range of genres. For example, costume designer Consolata Boyle was recognised for her work on Victoria & Abdul, while Saoirse Ronan received her Best Actress nomination for Lady Bird. Proving we can compete with the best in the world, animation studio Cartoon Saloon also picked up a nomination for The Breadwinner in the Best Animated Feature category.
Doing It the ‘Write’ Way
Ireland may be diminutive but our contribution to world literature is gigantic, with four Nobel Laureates for Literature – W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw and Seamus Heaney – amongst our distinguished literary canon. Names like Swift, Wilde and Kavanagh resonate around the world. James Joyce’s masterwork, Ulysses, is considered one of the most influential novels of the 20th Century. More recently, Colum McCann, Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle, Edna O'Brien, Colm Toibín and John Banville have all won plaudits and major awards for their work. In addition, Sebastian Barry has been appointed Laureate for Irish Fiction from 2018 - 2021, succeeding Anne Enright, the inaugural Laureate - and we continue to produce award-winning authors, poets and playwrights. On the international stage, words really are our currency.
Sample a Flavour of Culture Night
To make sure you get a true flavour of Irish culture in all its glory, embrace Culture Night, a free countrywide annual event. Now in its 14th year, it takes place on September 21st, 2018. Arts and cultural organisations in towns and cities across the country will open their doors until the late hours with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances for you to enjoy. The arts offices in local county councils play a huge role in the administration of Culture Night, and there is so much to choose from you’ll be spoiled for choice.