IrishFest Atlanta

                              November 3 & 4, 2017

Cultural Experiences

We have two days full of cultural experiences. Scroll down to learn more and check the schedule for times. 

  • Activities
    • Guinness - Pour the Perfect Pint
    • Afternoon Tea with the Irish Consul General
  • Exhibitions
    • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
  • Films
    • "An Godfather"
    • "Stutterer"
    • Irish Film Institute Short Films
  • Lectures
    • Hopdance by Stewart Parker - A Reading and Discussion with Marilynn Richtarik
    • “The Poetics and Performance of the Slow Air: A Singer's Approach" with Jim Flannery
  • Workshops
    • Deis cainte – An Opportunity to Speak & Learn Irish 

ACTIVITY:  Afternoon Tea with Irish Consul General 

Hosted by The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta

Join us Saturday afternoon for some Tea with Irish fare and a chat with the Irish Consul General.

By reservation only.


ACTIVITY:  Guinness & Learning the Art of Pouring the Perfect Pint

Learn to pour the perfect pint of Guinness from our experienced bartender.  Sessions held throughout the day. 

Purchase Guinness tickets at registration and take home a Guinness Glass!

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EXHIBITION: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.

Over the centuries, some 10 million people have left the island of Ireland. At EPIC you can step through 20 themed galleries to find out why people left, see how they influenced the world they found, and experience the connection between their descendants and Ireland today. Immerse yourself in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure, and discovery the world has ever known. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and spectacular way.


FILM: "An Godfather"

The extraordinary story of Leitrim fiddle player Bryan Rooney, the man they call 'The Godfather'. In 1967, aged 16, he emigrated to London. He came as an unknown young musician yet with a depth of astonishing music. Today he has achieved global recognition within the traditional Irish music world and is recognised as one of the master fiddlers of his generation. In this special one hour documentary actor and fellow fiddle player, Brendan Gleeson, goes on a journey to find out more about the man, the music and that golden era in London. A must see for music enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in the Irish story outside of Ireland. 

Directed by James Clenaghan, Sónta Films


FILM: "Stutterer"

2016 Oscar Winning Irish  Short Movie - directed by Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.


Brought to us by NTIV


FILM: Irish Film Institute Short Film Presentation

A 75 minute collection of short Irish movies curated by the Irish Film Institute. Recently screened at a festival in Odense, Denmark.


LECTURE: Capturing Mystical Ireland 

Tips, tricks and insights to capture the beauty of Ireland from Irish photographer and travel guide, Gary McLoughlin from Shamrock and Peach Tours/Photography


LECTURE:  Hopdance by Stewart Parker - A Reading and Discussion with Marilynn Richtarik

Stewart Parker, who died of cancer in 1988 at the age of 47, is remembered primarily as one of twentieth-century Ireland's most inventive and accomplished playwrights. But he began his career as a poet and writer of experimental prose, and his novel Hopdance, drafted in the early 1970s, showcases the wordplay and rich sense of character for which his stage plays are known. In a great tradition of Irish autobiographical fiction that includes James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Parker’s poignant novel depicts events surrounding the amputation of his left leg when he was a 19-year-old university student. Never published in his lifetime, Hopdance was finally made available by Dublin's The Lilliput Press in April 2017 in an edition by Parker's biographer, Marilynn Richtarik. In this session, Richtarik will discuss and read from Hopdance. 

Marilynn Richtarik is a Professor of English at Georgia State University and the author of Acting Between the Lines: The Field Day Theatre Company and Irish Cultural  Politics 1980-1984 and Stewart Parker: A Life, both published by Oxford University Press. She spent the spring semester of 2017 teaching and doing research at Queen's University Belfast as a US Fulbright Scholar.


LECTURE“The Poetics and Performance of the Slow Air: A Singer's Approach" with Jim Flannery

The great slow airs of Ireland are among the crowning achievements not just of traditional Irish music but of Irish culture in general. In the Irish language, such pieces are known as amhrán mór, or “big songs”, and they are considered among the most daunting challenges of even highly accomplished singers and instrumentalists. Indeed, a number of famous performers simply refuse to touch them. Yet, with the right performer – and the right circumstance – the experience of a slow air can be utterly sublime.

Jim Flannery’s lecture-demonstration is intended to introduce students, practitioners and lovers of traditional Irish music to the magical world of the slow air, both aesthetically and technically. For Jim Flannery, thinking about poetry as if it were music and music as if it were poetry has become a key to directing the highly theatrical plays of W.B. Yeats, and performing the art songs of Thomas Moore. The same idea lies at the heart of this lecture demonstration on the poetics and performance of the exquisite slow airs of the Irish musical tradition.

WORKSHOP:  Deis cainte – An Opportunity to Speak & Learn Irish 

Breandán Mac Mathúna will facilitate discussion through the medium of the Irish language. This session will cater to people who wish to learn ‘cúpla focal’ or to rekindle the Irish they already have.