DCU Opens Its Doors to North Dublin to Celebrate Culture and Creativity

Dublin City University will reverberate to the beat of a superb and exciting line-up of talented artists from the worlds of music, song, dance, drama, art and spoken word on April 11th & 12th as it presents ANAM.

ANAM is DCU’s first artistic showcase which aims to bring North Dublin’s communities together through culture, song, poetry and social gatherings.

The two-day festival is the opening act in the creation of a North Dublin Cultural Quarter by DCU which is placing a greater emphasis on culture and creativity in the university campuses and community as part of its five year strategic development plan.

The event is curated and produced by South Wind Blows (creators of RTÉ’s longest running music TV show & festival, Other Voices) with a team led by Director Philip King. 

President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith said:

“ANAM represents an exciting new chapter for Dublin City University as we warmly embrace the rich creative and cultural talents within the university campuses and the surrounding North Dublin neighbourhoods.”

The inaugural event will see leading Irish artists and musicians perform alongside staff and students from DCU in a series of concerts, recitals, masterclasses, discussions and events across the three university campuses in Glasnevin, Drumcondra and All Hallows.

Key highlights include:

  • Other Voices presents ANAM at DCU- an evening of music collaboration and celebration with renowned Irish artists, Lankum, Loah, Wyvern Lingo, Jafaris, Soulé plus DCU Gospel Choir, Jazz ensemble and more.
  • The Heart of the Rowl (recording for transmission on RTÉ Radio 1) at DCU All Hallows where some of Ireland’s greatest musicians and singers come together to celebrate Dublin’s unique tradition in all its diversity featuring Dermot & Danny Diamond, Liam O’Connor, DCU Trad Soc, Lisa O’ Neill, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Ye Vagabonds and Síle Denvir.
  • Campus songs and beats: student showcase curated by John O’Flynn showcasing the vibrant musical life of DCU’s student body.
  • Double take-creative women in conversation- Una Mullally, Irish Times, Ellen Coyne, Sunday Times, musicians Sile Denvir and Roisin Blunnie, theatre and playwriting, Marina Carr and Lian Bell.
  • Writers: The Next Generation- young poets at DCU showcase their work in front of an audience followed by a Q&A.
  • Jazz and contemporary music lunchtime series.
  • A masterclass by Diffusion Lab focusing on production, artists management, design, distribution and more.
  • Discovery Gospel Workshop: the voice as an instrument involving Discovery Gospel Choir, DCU Student Gospel Choir and Mosney Direct Provision Choir.
  • RTÉ Brainstorm: Technology as Human Connection with Jim Carroll and Dr. Gary Sinclair. Human after all? A conversation between DCU’s Dr Gary Sinclair and RTÉ Brainstorm editor Jim Carroll about the human touch in technology and innovation.
  • Anatomy of Film – Masterclass on “Song of Granite” with film experts

Philip King of South Wind Blows said:

“DCU is the most forward looking university in Ireland. The championing of creativity, the inclusion of a STEAM agenda at the heart of its strategic plan and its designation as a University of Sanctuary differentiate DCU as a University committed to providing its students and graduates not just with a qualification, but with a skill set fit for purpose for the challenges and opportunities in an Ireland about to celebrate a 100 years of independence. To be invited to work with faculty, students and the communities for North Dublin in establishing the area as a cultural quarter is a great privilege.”

Photography syndicated foc by Julien Behal Photography


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