Special features

Tuesday 2nd January

Female emancipation reflected in the arts

In the centenary year of Ireland granting women the right to vote, today we look at female emancipation across the arts

Friday 29th December

The year ahead in the arts

A panel offer tips for what to look forward to in the arts in the coming year - in music, film, theatre and literature

Thursday 28th December

Literary interviews on the show in 2017

A special programme looking back at some of the interviews with authors during the past year

Wednesday 27th December

Highlights from Culture Night 2017

Some highlights from Arena at Culture Night at Dublin Castle on the 22nd of September

Thursday 21st December

Remembering Woody Guthrie

Andy Irvine remembers the life and career of Woody Guthrie, one of the most significant figures in American folk music and a tireless campaigner for social justice, who died 50 years ...

Wednesday 20th December

Uilleann Pipes awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

Peter Browne on the global recognition given to the uilleann pipes by UNESCO who have listed them on their Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list Full details:   https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/uilleann-piping-01264

Thursday 14th December

Dispute over Stormzy mural in Smithfield

Subset Mark, a member of the graffiti art collective Subset who created the large Stormzy mural on a wall in Smithfield, Dublin 7; Dublin City Council have now ordered it ...

Wednesday 13th December

30th anniversary of "Fairytale of New York"

Peter Murphy marks the 30th anniversary of the classic Pogues song "Fairytale of New York"

Thursday 7th December

"The Vibrant House", edited by Rhona Richman Kenneally and Lucy McDiarmid

A panel discuss "The Vibrant House", edited by Rhona Richman Kenneally and Lucy McDiarmid, which examines how the domestic space, both physical and metaphorical, influenced the writings of a wide ...

Wednesday 6th December

"We Wore The Blanket", a calendar by Laurence McKeown

Laurence McKeown, playwright and former H-Block prisoner explains how his personal experiences of the Troubles in Northern Ireland informed "We Wore The Blanket", a calendar he created inspired by a genuine ...



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Presenter: Seán Rocks


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