The National Concert Hall launches ‘IMAGINING HOME’

Imagining-Home-headerThe National Concert Hall launches ‘IMAGINING HOME’, seven themed concerts to mark 100 years of Ireland

Inspired by the 1916 Proclamation, Imagining Home is a series of seven concerts to take place from Monday the 28th of March to the 3rd of April 2016 that speak of Ireland’s cultural journey over the last 100 years, its place in the world today and its shared future.
Imagining Home gathers some of Ireland’s leading musicians, writers, thinkers and acclaimed international artists to celebrate Ireland’s cultural life.
It is one of four programmes at the National Concert Hall that will mark 100 years of Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme. These includeComposing the Island : A Century of Music in Ireland to take place in September; Song for ’16 : an All-Island song competition for schools with Disney Music Group and a New Commissions project with Dublin Port which sees songs recorded, released and premiered at a special multi-media concert at the National Concert Hall in June.


AMERICA Monday 28 March 2016 8pm
Rosanne Cash, Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, Rodney Crowell, Andy Irvine, Tim O’Brien, Mick Moloney and band and more to be announced. Celebrating the long musical conversation across the Atlantic, America is a gathering of Irish and American musicians performing songs from this rich musical dialogue.

ENGLAND Tuesday 29 March 2016 8pm  
Martin Carthy, Camille O’Sullivan, Cait O’Riordan, Paul Brady, Andy Irvine, Cathal Coughlan, Lisa O’Neill and more to be announced. A conversation between neighbours in song hosted by writer and broadcaster John Kelly, England celebrates the musical interplay between Ireland and England.

INTO EUROPE Wednesday 30 March 2016 8pm
Inspired by the European identity of the Irish republican tradition, Into Europe explores Ireland’s place in European culture. Samuel Beckett, John Field and Roger Casement spark an evocative evening of word, performance and music. The programme includes Lisa Dwan performing Samuel Beckett’s Not I and Footfalls; Fintan O’Toole on Roger Casement and human rights and pianist Barry Douglas performing with Camerata Ireland. More to be announced.
ON REVOLUTION Thursday 31 March 2016 8pm
An evening of word and music exploring revolutionary ideals and their impact with an international gathering of writers and commentators from Ireland, Egypt, Libya, India and Europe including Joseph O’Neill, Ahdaf Soueif, Hisham Matar, Pankaj Mishra, Adam Zagajewski, and Colm Tóibín . This concert includes the world première of a new commission ‘Casement/Conrad’ by Colm Tóibín, and acclaimed composer Donnacha Dennehy to be performed by Crash Ensemble.
THE LITERARY IMAGINATION Friday 1 April 2016 8pm
A celebration of the country’s literary heritage its present and its future, with some of Ireland’s greatest living writers and poets including John Banville, Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín, Eavan Boland, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, John Montague, Marina Carr, Kevin Barry, and Paul Muldoon. More to be announced.
THIS IS IRELAND Saturday 2 April 2016 8pm
Glen Hansard gathers friends and collaborators to celebrate Ireland in 2016. (Guests to be announced).
OUT OF THE TRADITION Sunday 3 April 2016 8pm               
A journey through Irish traditional music from its roots to the thriving traditional scene of today and an exploration of the great works of the Irish language and its place in Ireland featuring Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Usher’s Island, the Tulla Céilí Band, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, and Iarla Ó Lionáird. More to be announced.
Serious in association with the National Concert Hall present IMAGINING IRELAND Friday 29 April 2016
at the Royal Festival Hall, London, supported by the Embassy of Ireland in London and Culture Ireland.
This special concert is a celebration of Ireland’s musical journey over the last 100 years and the rich musical interplay between and Ireland Britain featuring Paul Brady, Camille O’Sullivan, James Vincent McMorrow, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Andy Irvine, Cait O’Riordan, Martin Carthy and John Kelly.
More artists will be announced and added to Imagining Home programme over the coming months.
*Tickets for Imagining Home at the National Concert Hall are on sale Monday 23rd November 2015 from 10am (Priority Booking for Friends of the National Concert Hall Thursday 19 November).

Tickets for each concert in IMAGINING HOME at the National Concert Hall are €39.50, €29.50, €22.50
[book 3 or more concerts and receive a 10% discount. Book 5 or more concerts and receive a 15% discount]
Tel: 01 417 0000 or
[Tickets for IMAGINING IRELAND at Royal Festival Hall £35, £25 (+booking fee) +44 0207 960 4200 or]
Full details of the National Concert Hall’s Imagining Home series can be found here
Imagining Home is part of The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, led by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D. It is a year-long programme of activity to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, reflecting on our achievements over the last 100 years and looking towards Ireland’s future.
Imagining Home media partners include The Irish Times and RTÉ Radio 1.

For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0057/087 1775334



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