In partnership with the St Patrick’s Festival, The Guinness Storehouse and I.NY, The Ireland New York Project, are hosting two special events on March 15th and March 19th.
The two shows, which open and close the St Patrick’s Festival celebrations at The Guinness Storehouse, welcome a range of artists and creatives to the Home of Guinness to explore and celebrate the impact & influence of Irish artists and creatives around the world – in particular, the rich and unique relationship between Ireland and New York.
Singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, Lisa Hannigan, photographer, Rich Gilligan, and designer and former creative director at the New York Times, Mary Leonard, will be joined in conversation with Mark O’Connell, author and regular contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Times, on Wednesday 15th March. Hannigan and DJs Sally Cinnamon and Arveene will also be performing on the night.
On 19th March, producer, DJ & sound tracker, David Holmes, will be joined by broadcaster, John Kelly, for a conversation and performance in the Liberties venue, followed by a DJ set from Billy Scurry in Ireland’s leading tourist attraction.
Catherine Toolan, Managing Director, Diageo Irish Brand Homes said: “Providing a space for the creative voices of modern Ireland from those working here to those living away is really important to us, and it is a privilege to welcome this exciting line-up to the Guinness Storehouse to kick off our St. Patrick’s Festival celebrations. As long-time supporters of exceptional Irish artists, at home and abroad, we are proud to partner with i.NY to tell the rich story of the new creative diaspora in New York who shape and represent modern Irish culture on an international stage.”
I.NY Festival Founder and Director David O’Donovan said: “It’s been a pleasure to partner with the Guinness Storehouse to bring these events to fruition. There is no better setting for these conversations than what is the cultural hub of the Liberties in Dublin. We’re so looking forward to exploring and celebrating the relationship between Ireland and New York through these artists’ stories, and the particular conversations and performances that flow from them.”
Anna McGowan, Deputy CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival said: “Through contemporary and traditional Irish arts, culture and heritage, the St Patrick’s Festival will connect families, friends and communities across Ireland, and our global tribe of 80 million. With the eyes of the world upon us, there is no better time to celebrate Irish talent. These events, in particular, are integral to our programming as we reinforce the relationship with our diaspora in New York, and the unique bonds that unite our artistic communities in spite of physical distance.”
The two shows explore and celebrate two particular stories of Ireland and New York. One is an exploration of the changing nature of the Irish community in the city since the century turned, as we increasingly become a diaspora of artists. The other is a celebration of one of the best records ever made by an Irish producer, David Holmes’ Let’s Get Killed, built from sounds & samples recorded from across New York by the artist.
Full details for both shows are included in the appendices below. A limited number of free tickets for each show are available through www.thisisiny.com.