Events in Australia and New Zealand commemoration Dublin 1916

 

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/

 January 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

February 2016

14th February 2016: Brigidfest “Women of 1916: A personal story” presented by Maeve O’Leary. For more details see Brigidfest and Facebook and Twitter

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.

https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/popular-music/exile

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)

http://www.bloomsdayinmelbourne.org.au/forthcoming/

March 2016

19th March

Celtic Club, Queens St. Melbourne

2pm A reflection by a panel on the Rebellion and its significance then and now

Panel members include Dr. Val Noone (chair), Frank O’Shea, Rod Quantock, Di Hall, Frances Devlin- Glass
The afternoon will also include a display at the Club of films, photos, artefacts, memorabilia, art, writings and music associated with the Rebellion and a presentation of the documentary
film “Mise Eire”
7pm
Guest speaker for the Dinner
Tom Keneally the Booker Prize winning novelist plus the presentation and r eading of the winning Proclamation for an Australian Republic.

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.

http://aucklandirish.co.nz/

17 March- 31 July 
Exhibition at the State Library, opening on St. Patrick’s Day. State Library Victoria will host a new exhibition about the tumultuous days of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, a pivotal moment in the Irish struggle for independence from Great Britain.

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

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 April 2016

7-8 April 2016 at University of Melbourne.

1916 Rising Australasian Perspectives.

Conference at the University of Melbourne.

 

November 2016

29November to 2nd December

Australasian Irish Studies Conference, Adelaide.

Conference details.