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Thursday 18 October 2018

Ireland’s Edge 2017: Migration Nation takes place alongside Other Voices Festival

Syf Khan a virtuoso bouzouki and oud player originally from Syria
Syf Khan a virtuoso bouzouki and oud player originally from Syria Business Desk Business Desk

The third edition of the Ireland’s Edge conference, which takes place alongside the eir Other Voices Festival, has been launched.

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys joined Ireland’s Edge and Other Voices founder Philip King to announce details of Ireland’s Edge 2017: Migration Nation.

The two-day event, with Intel as lead sponsors, will take place at the Dingle Skellig Hotel in Dingle, Co Kerry on December 1 and 2.

"It gives me great pleasure to launch the Ireland’s Edge 2017 conference, which will this year explore Ireland’s relationship with the diaspora through the lenses of culture and creativity," Minister Humphreys said.

"Irish artists, designers, thinkers and engineers have always been close to the edge of where new things happen, so it is fitting that the conference will focus on our country’s powerful tradition of invention and innovation in the context of a changing world."

Syf Khan a virtuoso bouzouki and oud player originally from Syria, performed at the Ireland’s Edge launch along with the celebrated Irish musicians Cormac Begley and Libby McCrohan.

Khan recently arrived in Ireland with his wife and daughter. Initially based in Mosney Accommodation Centre, they are now living in Carrick-on-Shannon, where he began collaborating musically with Cormac Begley and Libby McCrohan.

Speakers at Ireland’s Edge will include internationally acclaimed Irish artist, John Gerrard, Emmy nominated, multi-award winning documentary director and feature film editor Emer Reynolds and Forbes contributor and author of finance & economics blog Frances Coppola.

The conference will also be live streamed through Facebook at  

Ireland’s Edge is run in partnership with sponsors Intel and with the support of Nokia Bell Labs, Microsoft, IDA Ireland, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and The Department of Culture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht. 

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