Tuesday 18 June 2019

Panel to debate cultural legacy of 2016

John Concannon
John Concannon

Fionnán Sheahan

The cultural legacy of the 1916 commemorations will be debated by an expert panel this weekend.

A major conference, 'The Centenary Conversations: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty', takes place at NUI Galway from Thursday to Saturday.

A special closing session for the conference brings together some of the country's most important cultural leaders for an intensive exploration of how the centenary year can reshape our national cultural agenda.

The panel discussion entitled 'Looking Forward: the Arts and Culture Legacy of 2016' will take place at 3.30pm on Saturday.

Among the confirmed panellists for the special discussion are Dee Forbes, Director General of RTÉ; James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board; Aideen Howard, director of The Ark; Patrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway; Mary McCarthy, chair of Culture Ireland's Expert Advisory Committee; and John Concannon, director of Ireland 2016.

The public response to the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme was much stronger than expected.

And the arts played a vital role in the commemorations, providing numerous ways for the widespread participation in the centenary and for reflections on our history and our future.

The panel will discuss how the challenge now is to articulate clearly the lessons of 2016 for the arts and to identify ways to carry on those lessons for the benefit of all.

The conference is open to all and free, with further details available on the web at www.ireland.ie

Irish Independent

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