Events 2019

Festival Events

Abair Series: Gnás - Young and Foolish

1:15 PM, Sat, 16 Mar

Venue: Dublin Writers’ Museum, 18 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin 1
Time: Doors 1pm, Start Time 1:15pm
Duration: 90 mins
Paid Ticketed: €12
Wheel Chair Accessible: No

Join singer and fiddler player Helen Diamond and storyteller and poet Frances Quinn on an exploration of adolescence and courtship in the Irish traditions. The concert takes place in the Dublin Writers’ Museum on Parnell Square, historically Dublin’s ‘dancehall quarter’ and the scene of many young courtships throughout Dublin history.


Gnás is a series of site-specific performances celebrating the ritualistic nature of the Irish arts, beginning in infancy and childhood, progressing to adolescence and adulthood, and ending in death and the afterlife. Each event will feature a ‘songs from the floor’ session giving the audience a chance to contribute their song or story relevant to the given theme.


ABAIR is a programme of traditional singing and storytelling events curated by Macdara Yeates, exploring the oral folk traditions of Ireland. Taken from the Irish word meaning ‘to say’ and ‘to sing’, the four-day schedule offers a broad range of intimate, unplugged performances highlighting the richness and beauty of these traditions, still preserved and practiced to the present day.

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