IMRAM IRISH LANGUAGE LITERATURE FESTIVAL IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE ITS 2012 PROGRAMME – FEATURING AN ECLECTIC AND HEADY BREW OF MUSIC, DANCE, POETRY AND PROSE READINGS, EXHIBITIONS, LECTURES, TALKS, WORKSHOPS, MULTI-MEDIA INSTALLATIONS, AND CITY-CENTRE POEM POSTERS.
IMRAM DIRECTOR LIAM CARSON COMMENTED:
‘ONCE AGAIN IMRAM PROVES THAT IRISH LANGUAGE LITERATURE AND ART IS CHARGED WITH A CUTTING-EDGE DYNAMISM AND NO SHORTAGE OF IMAGINATION. THIS YEAR WE’RE PARTICUARLY PLEASED TO PRESENT THE TOWER OF SONG, FEATURING LEONARD COHEN’S SONGS TRANSLATED INTO EXQUISITE IRISH BY LEADING POETS GABRIEL ROSENSTOCK AND LIAM Ó MUIRTHILE, AND SUNG BY LIAM Ó MAONLAÍ, THE BRAD PITT LIGHT ORCHESTRA AND HILARY BOW. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INLCUDE A SPECIAL DONEGAL NIGHT WITH TRÍONA NÍ DHOMHNAILL AND OTHERS; A CELEBRATION OF SEVENTY YEARS OF COMHAR MAGAZINE; SAMUEL BECKETT IN IRISH; AND A STUNNING NEW DANCE SHOW WITH ACCLAIMED DANCER AND CHOREOGRAPHER FEARGHUS Ó CONCHÚIR’.
Key events on the 2012 programme include a special homage night for poet, novelist and political polemicist Tomás Mac Síomóin, featuring music from Mangéira, with their unique blend of samba-soul from Brazil, salsa from Cuba, and North American boogaloo. The work of Irish language literary greats Pádraic Ó Conaire and Seán Ó Riordáin will be explored in a lecture and round-table discussion. IMRAM is also pleased to give a platform to new voices such as poets Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Antaine Donnaile – andSéamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin winner of the 2011 All Ireland Poetry Slam. 'Cad a dhéanfainn gan an Tost seo?' marks the first time that any of Samuel Beckett’s poetry has been translated into Irish and the poems will be read by the translator Gabriel Rosenstock, in English by Mouth on Fire’s Artistic Director Cathal Quinn, and in French by actor Julia Gleize. The reading will feature harp music composed and performed by Anne-Marie O’Farrell, and on-screen projections created by Margaret Lonergan
IMRAM also continues its pioneering work in fusing literature with other artistic disciplines. This year will see poet Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin exploring the varied meanings of the Irish word 'cathair' with projections and installations in city centre locations, including Meeting House Square, Dame Street and the Back Loft.
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