There are a range of events planned in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate the events of Easter 1916.
Many events are being supported by the Irish Embassy. See https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/australia/news-and-events/2016/
Celtic Club, Melbourne. Competition to ‘create a proclamation for an Australian Republic” Closes 26th January 2016.http://www.celticclub.com.au/content/competition-proclamation-australian-republic-prize
20th February 2016
‘Exile’ tells the story of the Australian-Irish in song, imagery, poetry and spoken word, presented in concert. Exile brings together an exclusive gathering of outstanding artists, from Ireland and Australia, in a scripted performance. Hamer Hall, Melbourne.
Artistic Director: Shane Howard
Feature artists: Paul Kelly, Stephen Pigram, Declan O’Rourke, Leah Flanagan, Sean Tyrrell, Steve Cooney, Lynelle Moran, Ewen Baker, Pauline Scanlon, John Spillane and more.
Some of the artists bring newly created songs/tunes and story, while others bring particular skills to the rendering of carefully chosen historical songs. These songs/tunes have been gathered from a lifetime of touring Australia and Ireland while others have been collected in collaboration with the artists and co-musical Director, Ewen Baker. The songs/tunes follow a timeline that encapsulates seminal moments in Australian/Irish history. Exile will be presented as a condensed cultural history of the Irish in Australia, with an emphasis on authenticity.
Saturday 27th February 2016.
The PLOUGH and the STARS
2.30pm and 7.30pm, a rehearsed reading of Sean O’Casey’s tragicomedy about the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars, directed by Wayne Pearn (under licence, Samuel French)
Celtic Club, Queens St. Melbourne
2pm A reflection by a panel on the Rebellion and its significance then and now
Bookings and information to come. See http://www.celticclub.com.au/culture-and-heritage
28 March – 24 April Auckland Irish Society 1916 Commemoration
A program of events including
– Commemoration ceremony outside the Auckland GPO nearby the birthplace of the Auckland Irish Society in 1912.
– Series of 3 lectures by Professor Malcolm Campbell at Auckland University (Pre and post Rising and the Civil War that followed)
– Debate by notable personalities on the topic “What if a different path had been chosen”
– Showcase and celebration of Irish Culture to be held at Auckland Girls Grammar Auditorium; Music, Songs, Readings, Poems and Recitations from the Rising
– Display of Memorabilia linking New Zealand to the Rising; Documents, Family Histories, Artefacts – curated by the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Presented in partnership with the University of Melbourne, the display includes:
• A rare copy of the Irish War News, the newspaper containing Pádraig Pearse’s first communiqué from the GPO.
• A 1917 reprint of the proclamation of Irish independence, the only known one in Australia.
• A first edition of WB Yeats influential poem ‘Easter 1916’.
• Footage of the 1920 St. Patrick’s Day Parade where 100,000 Australians demonstrated their support for Irish independence.
• A portrait of Archbishop Daniel Mannix, the leader of the Catholic community in Melbourne who played a significant role in the defeat of Australia’s 1916 and 1917 conscription plebiscites
7-8 April 2016 at University of Melbourne.
1916 Rising Australasian Perspectives.
29November to 2nd December
Australasian Irish Studies Conference, Adelaide.