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Festival of Ideas

  • From Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 June 2023
  • €15 each day (apéro included)

Reservation recommended

Food on sale in the courtyard

A relaxed but stimulating festival for the mind and the senses with discussions, workshops, concerts, apéros and stand-up!

Performers, writers, thinkers, musicians and academics explore just how expressive and political languages can be. Irish now has official status within the EU, and Brexit has seen the island of Ireland begin to reroute and rethink in all kinds of ways. Is the country now embracing bilingualism with renewed vigour? How have the cards of peace and identity been shaken up?

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

Thursday 15 June from 7pm to 11pm
An evening with the journalist Fintan O’Toole, the writer Mary O’Malley, the singer-songwriter Liam O Maonlai, the Basque dancer Amaia Elizaran and the composer John McLachlan.

Friday 16 June from 6pm to 11pm
An evening with the musician William Howard, the poets Ciara Ní É et Ben MacCaoilte, the singer-songwriter Jack L and the comedian Andrew Maxwell.

Saturday 17 June from 10.30am to 10pm
A rich day with conversations, picnic and concerts!

In partnership with Colombia Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Flemish Delegation, Embassy of Belgium Paris, Relais Paris Renew Europe, Maynooth University, Club Amhránaíochta and An Ghaeltacht-sur-Seine