Ireland and New York are synonymous with each other – the shared history, the ever-continuing exchange, the shaping of respective identities and the impact of each place on the other. Of the 34.5million people in North America who claim Irish heritage, it is New York State that the largest number of them call home. Anchored in cultural programming, the festival celebrates the history and modernity of the relationship through music, literature, film, theatre, exhibitions, presentations, street-art and the Annie Moore talks series. The festival also explores the breadth and depth of the connection between Ireland and New York through widened programming highlighting historical and contemporary stories of public service, sport, politics, fashion, food, religion, crime and more.
I.NY is an international cultural project that celebrates and brings to life this shared story. The broader project includes year-round digital story exchange, collaborations and residencies, and cross-Atlantic initiatives in art, education and enterprise.
I.NY is the creative brainchild of David O’Donovan and Aoife Flynn, who developed the project with the help and support of numerous individuals and organisations in Ireland and New York over a two-year period.
“It’s from a fascination with and love for both the history and modernity of the Ireland New York relationship that I.NY is built. The intention is to uncover the stories that are the fabric of that relationship, to tell them to a wide audience, encourage that audience to share their own, and once a year, through these stories, bring that relationship to life in an Irish city. I.NY creates opportunities for an audience to explore what it means to be local and global, Irish and American, emigrant and native, and to share and experience these stories”.
Their ambition is that the I.NY project will become a key place of exchange and engagement between Irish and New York audiences and communities, and a flagship national annual event with a unique international focus.
I.NY 2017 takes place at a number of venues across Limerick City, Ireland from Oct 05-15 2017.
Full programme details will be announced in early September.