Get Swept Up In Irish Mania
The Irish film industry is thriving, as is Irish theatre, music and art exhibitions dedicated solely to the new wave of Irish art landing on our shores. London has been swept up in this Irish mania and there is plenty of things to entertain yourself and your family all year round.
According to the Irish Film Board, “the Irish film industry has grown hugely over the last decade” with film making talent reaching the heights and influence of the field of literature and theatre.
About: Irish Film London showcases the best of Irish film and animation to the London audience. The organisation, now in its sixth successful year runs events throughout the year.
For more information on the film times and tickets, visit the website.
Music & Dance
Interestingly traditional Irish folk music has overcome the forces of cinema, radio, mass culture and media more successfully than the indigenous folk music of all other European countries. This is perhaps due to the efforts of organisations to keep the beauty of traditional Irish music alive.
Put On Your Dancing Shoes
There are a number of Irish dance schools to choose from, regardless of your level. Here are a couple to get you started:
Maguire O'Shea Academy of Irish Dance - set up by Michael and Kathleen Maguire, the school has been established for over forty years.
McCarthy O'Rourke Academy of Irish Dance - is the ideal academy for any age or ability wanting to take up Irish dance classes.
The Mulvihill Academy - promotes Irish dance as a great form of exercise based in South East London.
Learning To Play, It’s A Fiddle
The London Fiddle School - Pete Cooper offers workshops, individual classes and performances in his fiddle school.
Meitheal Cheoil Community Music Group - is a community group run by Kathy Walton and Karen Ryan, based in North London. They promote Irish Traditional Music and offer lessons for the tin whistle, flute, fiddle, mandolin and the banjo. It’s doesn’t matter if you are an advanced player or a beginner, you’ll find a class suitable to your level.
Irish art is a relatively new concept due to the country's turbulent history, poverty and wars. However, by the late 17th century and Irish style began to take shape, often looking outside Ireland for their influence. By the end of the 19th century, Irish art had developed further still due to the birth of nationalist ideas and a revived interest in Irish language and culture.
Barbara Stanley, an Irish expatriate living in London, opened her art gallery to open Irish Art to the wider international audience and it is the only gallery of its kind to represent Irish contemporary art in this way.
Theatre & Performances
With such a long history of migration, it is important for Irish expatriates to recall their national heritage, culture and traditions.
London Irish Rep presents classic theatre works as well as showcasing rediscovered and newly written Irish plays and productions.