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Culture Ireland: line up for Seoda online arts festival

Stanley Townsend in Rough Magic’s Solar Bones

Just released is the programme for SEODA, the five-day online festival and celebration of Irish culture taking place 17-21 March, bringing the best in Irish arts to the world.

Further details can be found here

An Abbey Theatre Production
Dear Ireland 2020: Reflections on a pandemic
Relive some of the powerful performances from the Abbey Theatre’s #DearIreland series. Included are special guest interviews with Abbey Theatre Co-Directors and some of the participating artists and contributors.

Butler Gallery/Cartoon Saloon/Kíla
Wolfwalkers with Kíla in Concert
followed by Wolfwalkers Exhibition and Talk: Wolves in Ireland
A special performance of music from the award-winning animated feature followed by a talk featuring Cartoon Saloon’s Creative Directors, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart in addition to insights from Kila band members. Opportunity to view the special exhibition at Kilkenny’s Butler Gallery.

CoisCéim Dance Theatre
The Wolf And Peter
By David Bolger
A thrilling adventure with a contemporary twist. Told through the eyes of the Wolf, this energetic work from internationally acclaimed CoisCéim Dance Theatre explores themes of courage and imagination in a fun and richly theatrical performance.

Cúirt International Festival of Literature
Field Work: Manchán Magan and Kerri Ní Dochartaigh
Two masterful nature writers, Kerri Ní Dochartaigh and Manchán Magan, discuss how the land under our feet both keeps us rooted and is itself rooted in our history and language. Recorded especially for SEODA from Ashford Castle.


Dervish present The Great Irish Songbook

Recorded to coincide with their virtual tour of North America, traditional group Dervish celebrate great songs of Ireland.

A Druid Production
Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
In a version by Tom Murphy; Directed by Garry Hynes
A play about land, legacy, and the struggle between tradition and change, Druid’s production was the first major production of Tom Murphy’s work since his death in 2018.

First Music Contact
SEODA Music from Ireland Showcase
Ten emerging Irish music artists showcase their new music in these specially recorded performances. Artists include Alex Gough, Dani Larkin, shiv and Tebi Rex.

Irish Baroque Orchestra
The Trials of Tenducci
Featuring Tara Erraught & Peter Whelan in conversation
The Trials of Tenducci, the new release from the Irish Baroque Orchestra, tells the story of Giusto Tenducci; the superstar castrato of 1760s Dublin. Artistic Director Peter Whelan and Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught explore the musical context in Dublin at the time and share the scandalous detail of Tenducci’s story with extracts from this new album.

Irish Chamber Orchestra as part of SEODA
Irish Chamber Orchestra plays Mozart / Fennessy / Piazzolla
Irish Chamber Orchestra perform three pieces recorded in 2020 – Mozart, Fennessy and the Piazzolla. The concert is presented by Liz Nolan from RTÉ lyric fm.

Martin Hayes
Martin Hayes: Recorded at Dublin’s National Concert Hall
Martin Hayes, one of Ireland’s foremost traditional musicians, in an intimate performance,recorded as part of the Imagining Ireland series supported by Davy at the National Concert Hall in December 2020.

National Concert Hall
Notes from a Quiet Land – Edition II
This second edition of Notes From a Quiet Land, premiering as part of SEODA, supported by Arthur Cox and in collaboration with Davy gathers some of Ireland’s most exciting female voices to reflect in this silence.
Mark the silence with words, with music – Notes From a Quiet Land is curated by Sinead Gleeson (author of Constellations) and Gary Sheehan (NCH).

Prime Cut Productions
Playwright Fionnuala Kennedy; Directed by Emma Jordan
Removed is the heart-breaking and hilarious story of Adam that offers a glimpse into the often-unknown experiences of growing up as a “looked after” child.

Rough Magic & Kilkenny Arts Festival
Solar Bones
Written by Mike McCormack; Adapted for stage by Michael West; Directed by Lynne Parker. Filmed at the Watergate Theatre during the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2020, Stanley Townsend stars as Marcus Conway in Mike McCormack’s multi-award-winning elegy to the merits of an ordinary life.

Theatre Lovett Presents
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Recorded at The Sydney Opera House, Louis Lovett gives a tour de force performance in Finegan Kruckemeyer’s heartwarming and hilarious tale. We learn about love, loss, the reassurance of goats, and the courage to sing gloriously on or off-key.

TradFest Temple Bar
A Tribute to Poet Derek Mahon
with Stephen Rea, Matt Molloy, Paddy Glackin, Brian Connor and Neil Martin with Brídín and Felispeaks
This tribute to Derek hosted by Stephen Rea, drawstogether some of Derek’s most loved poems coupled with music and new poetry by rising artist poet and performer Felispeaks. This premier was filmed in the beautiful Newbridge House.

TradFest Temple Bar
Tradfest from Dublin Castle
Performing from St. Patrick’s Hall in Dublin Castle, this special compilation of trad and folk music features both emerging and established artists including Karan Casey, Lemoncello, MOXIE, Tolu Makay and Seána Davey.

We Banjo 3
We Banjo 3: Live from Galway
This performance in a specially recorded concert from The Tavern, Cloughanover, Headford in Galway marks one of the first opportunities for the band to play live together since the pandemic.

London St. Patrick’s Festival / Irish Arts Center (New York) / Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris)
SEODA goes Global for St. Patrick’s Day
In a special series of events Irish Cultural Centres present Irish artists home from home. A concert of musicians curated by London Irish Centre; a diverse programme from the Irish Arts Center, New York and Colin Dunne from Centre Culturel Paris represent Irish artists who are currently abroad or have special connections with these major Irish cultural centres.


Irish Architecture Foundation
Aerial/Poolbeg/Recovering Space
Three films from Irish Architecture Foundation’s Site Specific series that showcase and celebrate the architecture of Dublin.

SEODA Irish Short Films
Mary / Late Afternoon / The Swimmer / A Different Kind of Day / The Wiremen Five recent Irish shortfilms from some of Ireland’s most adventurous filmmakers.

Maleta Company / Fanzini Productions / CoisCéim Dance Theatre
Autumn (excerpt from Tunnel) / Fiúntas / How to Sink a Paper Boat
A triple bill of short films featuring many of Ireland’s best circus, street arts and dance performers including CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s award-winning short film written and directed by David Bolger.

Crawford Art Gallery
Citizen Nowhere | Citizen Somewhere: The Imagined Nation
In a special exhibition, Citizen Nowhere | Citizen Somewhere: The Imagined Nation focuses on the international legacy of Terence MacSwiney’s hunger strike and death, and the idea of nation as an imagined state to which his own essays, Principles of Freedom, aspired.

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