Language Film

Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day: Feast and Famine

In association with the Irish Institute of New York



Sun, Apr 3, 2022



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Irish Arts Center 
726 11th Avenue 
Hell's Kitchen, NYC


Our 2022 language celebration explores the complex role of food in Ireland’s history and culture. Open to Gaeilge enthusiasts of all levels, the day's events include arts, media, and literary workshops; a staging of Arán & Im, a theatrical performance/installation in which the writer and documentarian Manchán Magan bakes sourdough bread for the audience while offering insights into the potent wonders of Irish; and a screening of the award-winning film Arracht, presented in association with the Irish Film Institute.

Seats to standalone stagings of Arán & Im are available April 1–3. Tickets to Arracht can also be purchased separately.


Arán & Im performance 1 (theatre)

Welcome poem (café)

Workshop break-out session 1. Choose from:
A. Prataí, Peaindí agus Poitín / Potatoes, Pandy and Poteen (studio)
B. An Górta Mór in Ealaín Gaelach / The Famine in Gaelic Art (library)
C. Rang Cócaireachta / Cooking Class (café)
D. Bord do Cheathrar / Table for Four (theater lobby)

Descriptions below

Tea and conversation circles (café) 
Arán & Im performance 2 (theater)

Workshop break-out session 2. Choose from 1pm offerings.

Film screening of Arracht (theatre)

After-party (café)

Workshop A: Prataí, Peaindí agus Poitín / Potatoes, Pandy and Poteen
With Siobhán Ní Chiobháin
Recommended for beginners/advanced beginners speakers, but open to all  

Join Siobhán Ní Chiobháin for a bilingual exploration of the potato's indelible place in Irish culture. For generations, the humble potato has been at the heart of Irish society through its place on the dinner table, inspiring traditions, customs, and literature. Using video clips, poetry, seanfhocail (proverbs), recipes, and a guide to the many ways to say "potato" as Gaeilge, Siobhán will be your guide.

Workshop B:  An Górta Mór in Ealaín Gaelach / The Famine in Gaelic Art
With Joseph Jones 
Recommended for beginners/advanced beginners speakers, but open to all  

A bilingual workshop that explores an Gorta Mór (the Great Famine) in Gaelic art through music, media, and craic from 1846 to the modern day. How did one of the biggest catastrophes of the 19th century affect the Celtic revival and what impact does it have to this day?

Workshop C: Rang Cócaireachta / Cooking Class
With Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith
Recommended for intermediate/advanced speakers, but open to all

You'll have fun baking as Gaeilge with Caoimhe! She’ll teach how you to bake Irish scones and share her mother's traditional brown soda bread and beef stew recipes. You'll also learn new phrases and culinary terms, and sample some baked treats. 

Workshop D: Bord do Cheathrar / Table for Four
With Paul Ferris
Recommended for intermediate/advanced speakers, but open to all

An interactive workshop on strengthening restaurant and grocery-shopping vocabulary skills, using menus from the Gaeltacht, and other materials.

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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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