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Festival of Ideas
Day 3

  • Saturday 17 June 2023
  • From 10.30am to 10.30pm
  • €15 (apéro included)

Reservation recommended

Coming and going allowed (but seats not guaranteed)

Food on sale in the courtyard

The Mediatheque will be open from 1pm

Book tickets

Words, song and comedy… three days celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ireland joining the European Community in 1973.

10.30am - Ukrainian writer Nikita Grigorov in conversation with writer Sarah Byrne about the implications of growing up speaking Russian.

11.15am - Michael Cronin (Trinity College Dublin) discusses the inextricable links between Ireland’s language, landscape, and ecological concerns with Roise Goan (Viernulvier Arts Centre, Ghent)

12 noon - The politics and politicization of language(s) forms the theme of this discussion between Professor of Social and Political Philosophy Helder de Schutter (KU Leuven), South African artist Sabelo Mlangeni and Irish language activist Aodán Mac Séafraidh (Turas), chaired by William Howard


1pm - Bring your picnic and join Irish language association An Gaeltacht sur Seine in the courtyard to learn cúpla focal!


2pm - Irish-Nigerian broadcaster Ola Majekodunmi, Professor Fionntán de Brún (Maynooth University) and poet Ciara Ní É discuss the relationship between the Irish language and identity, with dance artist and Irish-speaker Fearghus Ó Conchúir, and chair Aoife Ní Ghloinn (Maynooth University)


3pm - Concert by Jack Lukeman whose shape-shifting work enthrals and inspires.


4pm - Since 2013, European Union Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has been impartially holding the EU’s institutions and agencies to account while striving for the highest standard possible for the benefit of Europeans. Today at the CCI, Emily O'Reilly delivers her keynote reflections as regards Irish EU membership. Renew Europe MEP Valérie Hayer, president of Renaissance européenne, also shares her reflections on the subject and journalist John Maguire leads discussion with both on Ireland’s social, political and economic situation within a post-Brexit EU.


5pm - TCD Chair of French Michael Cronin, Corsican academic Francescu Maria Luneschi and Breton flautist Jean-Michel Veillon discuss multilingualism and Brian Friel’s play Translations in French with Sorbonne Professor Clíona Ní Riordáin


6pm - Concert by indie-folk singer and songwriter Inni-K


7pm - 25 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, journalist and broadcaster Dearbhail McDonald interviews priest and writer Aidan Troy who has tirelessly campaigned for peace since his time in Ardoyne, Belfast


8pm – Connemara duo Séamus and Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta perform traditional music, song and dance centred around their mother tongue, Gaeilge.


9.30pm – Trad session led by Inni-K