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  • Northside West

DCU festival celebrates creativity

Thursday, 5th April, 2018 1:00pm
DCU festival celebrates creativity

Pictured at the launch of Anam in DCU are (l-r): Writer and Film Maker Adam O’Connell, Harpist Sile Denvir and Trad Musicians, Ruth Dolan,Colin Clarke and Nicole Martin. PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL

DCU festival celebrates creativity

Pictured at the launch of Anam in DCU are (l-r): Writer and Film Maker Adam O’Connell, Harpist Sile Denvir and Trad Musicians, Ruth Dolan,Colin Clarke and Nicole Martin. PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL

DUBLIN City University will reverberate to the beat of a superb and exciting line-up of talented artists from the worlds of music, song, dance, drama, art and spoken word this weekend (April 11-12).

The two-day Anam festival is the Northside University’s first artistic showcase and it aims to bring communities together through culture, song, poetry and social gatherings.

The festival marks the creation of a North Dublin Cultural Quarter by DCU where the emphasis will be on culture and creativity as part of its five-year strategic development plan. 

Anam is being curated and produced by South Wind Blows, creators of RTÉ's Other Voices, with a team led by Director Philip King. 

Speaking before the festival President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith explained the significance of the event.

“Anam represents an exciting new chapter for Dublin City University as we warmly embrace the rich creative and cultural talents within the university campuses and the surrounding North Dublin neighbourhoods.”

The inaugural event will see leading Irish artists and musicians perform alongside staff and students from DCU in a series of concerts, recitals, masterclasses, discussions and events across the three university campuses in Glasnevin, Drumcondra and All Hallows.

Key highlights include Other Voices presents Anam at DCU, which will be an entertaining evening of music collaboration and celebration with renowned Irish artists, Lankum, Loah, Wyvern Lingo, Jafaris, Soulé plus DCU Gospel Choir, Jazz ensemble and more. 

The Heart of the Rowl, which will be recorded for transmission on RTÉ Radio 1 takes place at DCU All Hallows and features Dermot & Danny Diamond, Liam O’Connor, DCU Trad Soc, Lisa O' Neill, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Ye Vagabonds and Síle Denvir.

Philip King of South Wind Blows said the event highlighted one of the reasons why DCU was the most forward-looking university in Ireland.

“The championing of creativity, the inclusion of a STEAM agenda at the heart of its strategic plan and its designation as a University of Sanctuary differentiate DCU as a University committed to providing its students and graduates not just with a qualification, but with a skill set fit for purpose for the challenges and opportunities in an Ireland about to celebrate a 100 years of independence,” he added.

“To be invited to work with faculty, students and the communities for North Dublin in establishing the area as a cultural quarter is a great privilege.”

 

Read the digital editions of the Dublin People Northside East, Northside West & Southside here