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IFF 2022 Online

30 Sep – 15 Oct 2022. The Irish Film Festival is Australia’s finest source of innovative, quality film that showcases the culture, traditions, history and character of Ireland and the Irish people. Since 2015 IFF has gone from strength to strength and now with Palace Cinemas in 2022 goes national to premiere moving dramas, inspiring documentaries, eerie horror, darkly funny comedies and captivating family films to become the country’s biggest celebration of Irish culture, language, music and history alongside St Patrick’s Day. Following the nationally-touring cinema festival in August and September, the IFF is proud to present a different and expanded selection of films that will stream online in October 2022.

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Hēmi Kelly on “Translations”

4 October 2022, 7:30pm NZDT. Hēmi Kelly discusses his new translation of Brian Friel’s famous play “Translations”, and explores what both it and his work on the translation can teach us about questions that are as real today as in 1833 when the play is set. What importance do languages have to us and our self-identity? How should indigenous tongues interact with new colonial languages?

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Steps of Freedom

August – October 2022. The Irish Film Festival will premiere Ruán Magan’s award-winning Steps of Freedom on August 25th in the Palace Chauvel Cinema in Sydney, and other Australian cities through September. Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance is Writer/Director Ruán Magan’s
enthralling documentary of how Irish dance has progressed to become a global phenomenon. Beautifully shot and mesmerising to watch, Steps of Freedom is a celebration of the history and heart of Irish culture, and its global appeal.

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An Cailín Ciúin

The highly acclaimed and award-winning Irish Language film An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) is coming to cinemas in Australia and New Zealand. Based on the book Foster by Irish writer Claire Keegan, An Cailín Ciúin is written and directed by Colm Bairéad, his debut feature. The film had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlinale in February and scooped The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Film wowing critics and audiences alike. It has won a staggering seven Irish Film and Television Academy awards at the recent IFTAs including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress. The Business Post says “This delicate, deeply affecting coming-of-age story might just be the best Irish-language film ever made”.

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Redefining Ireland Musically

21 September 2022. After Long Silence: Redefining Ireland Musically. What is ‘Irish music’? In this talk, eminent musicologist Professor Harry White (University College Dublin) challenges long-held assumptions and shows how both traditional music and art music are integral to the way music has defined ideas of Ireland. Ireland has a rich history of both traditional music and art music, yet the orthodoxies of Irish cultural history have long preferred the cultural symbolism of traditional music as an ancient art, uncontaminated by colonial modernity. In this talk, Professor Harry White questions those orthodoxies and proposes a more inclusive model of historiography in relation to Irish musical experience and identity. ‘Irish music’ can be understood as incorporating ‘artworks’ of traditional music as well as of art music. Rethinking Irishness in music in this way offers us a new, more generous view of how music has defined ideas of Ireland for three centuries.

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Irish Famine Commemoration

28 August 2022, 11:00am AEST. Great Irish Famine Commemoration, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney and live stream on the day. The memorial to the Great Irish Famine and the young women who came from the workhouses of Ireland to Australia between 1848 and 1850 on a special emigration scheme is the vision of the Irish community in Sydney. The Irish Famine Monument was commissioned by the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and funded by donations from Government bodies, the Land Titles Office and the Irish Community. It was inspired by the call of the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson during her Sydney visit in 1995, that all Irish communities remember the Irish Famine and strive to alleviate poverty in the world today.

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Irish Language in Aotearoa

13 July 2022, Online. This free event will look at the history, use and records of the Irish language in Aotearoa New Zealand over the last 160 years, with a presentation of research by Diarmaid Coffey, Cathaoirleach of Conradh na Gaeilge Aotearoa. Everyone welcome! Presentation will be in English, but discussion welcome in Irish or English.

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Mary Lou McDonald in Australia

July 2022. The Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce will host a series of events​ ​across Australia this July, featuring keynote speaker Mary Lou​ ​McDonald, President of Sinn Féin and Leader of the Opposition in the 33rd Dáil. Ms McDonald will share her thoughts on the impact of the global​ ​pandemic, on the implications​ ​of Brexit, and on the role of Ireland​ ​in both Europe and the wider world from a business and​ ​geopolitical perspective going forward.

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Joyce Centenary Symposium

16 June 2022. 9am-5:30pm. The Oratory, Newman College. Stephen Dedalus famously declared his intention to ‘fly by’ the nets of nationality, language and religion. One hundred years after the publication of UIysses (1922), this symposium asks where Joyce might be ‘caught’ in the widest senses of that word. All welcome.

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