The James Connolly festival, (Tuesday May 7-Sunday May 12, 2019) now in its fifth year, is an annual community-centred celebration of music, film, theatre and debate, with a radical twist.
Since its foundation in 2014, JCF has aimed to bring together fellow travellers, critics and all-comers in a conversation through words, music and performance about where our society is, and where it wants to go.
In 2017, we marked the centenary of the October Revolution. Last year we remember 150 years since the birth, in the Little Ireland district of Cowgate in Edinburgh, of James Connolly, trade unionist, socialist and Irish republican. This year on our fifthe anniversary, we look the the almost unbelievable state of chassis the world finds itself in…
Connolly was one of the founders of t he Irish trade union movement, so one of our main goals will be to highlight the importance of trade unions for workers, especially among the young.
More broadly the festival is also committed to promoting art, feminism, culture and politics, embracing progressive Irish theatre and artists in a comfortable space for debate that promotes the exchange of ideas.
An extension of the 'James Connolly Memorial Weekend', in previous years, the festival has hosted Ifta award-winning actor/writer John Connors, comedian and writer and star of RTÉ's Nowhere Fast, Alison Spittle and musician Fiach, For the debate strand participants have included TDs Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and trade unionist Brendan Ogle, among many others.
Acclaimed national and international figures including Catalan nun and activist Sister Teresa Forcades and academics James Petras and Zoltan Zigedy have all delivered the James Connolly Memorial lecture.
Every year the lecture is followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Arbour Hill on Sunday, to mark the occasion of Connolly's execution and to pay tribute to him and to the other leaders of the 1916 rising.
James Connolly Festival 2019, Tesday May 7- Sunday, May 12, 2018, Connolly Books, The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Ph: +353 1 6703361
Is í an aidhm atá ag Féile Shéamais Uí Chonaíle ó bunaíodh í sa bhliain 2014 comhghuallaithe, lucht critice agus cách a thabhairt le chéile i mbun comhrá le briathra, ceol agus stáitsiú maidir le cá bhfuil triall ár sochaí agus cén todhchaí ar mian léi a chur roimpi.
Bhí an Conaíleach ar dhuine de bhunaitheoirí ghluaiseacht cheardcumainn na hÉireann agus is é ceann de
na haidhmeanna is mó a chuirimid romhainn aird a tharraingt ar thábhacht na gceardchumann d'oibrithe, oibrithe óga go háirithe.
Thairis sin tá an fhéile tiomanta do chur chun cinn na healaíne, an fheimineachais, an chultúir agus na
polaitíochta le tacaíocht don amhclannaíocht fhorásach in Éirinn agus d'ealaíontóirí ar láthair a chuirfidh
lucht díospóireachta agus chur chun cinn smaointe ar a suaimhneas.
D'eascair an fhéile as Deireadh Seachtaine Comórtha Shéamais Uí Chonaíle agus sna blianta atá thart
d'fháiltíomar roimh an t-aisteoir/scríbhneoir mórghradaim, an fuirseoir agus scríbhneoir agus réalta de
chuid chlár RTÉ Nowhere Fast, ar na daoine a thug Léacht Cuimhneacháin Shéamais Uí Cchonaíle bhí pearsana a raibh ardghradam bainte amach acu go náisiúnta agus go hidirnáisiúnta ar nós an ghníomhaí agus bean rialta ón gCatalóin
An tSr agus Leagtar bláthfhleasc ag Cnoc an Arbhair Dé Domhnaigh na féile mar chomóradh ar bhású Uí Chonaíle
agus le hómós a thabhairt dó siúd agus do cheannairí eile Éirí Amach 1916.
+353 1 6703361
The festival circuit is a busy one. What the JCF offers is something more intimate. The New Theatre, Connolly Books in Temple Bar has for decades been an asylum for thinkers, writers, artists and that 'sinister fringe'.
Tá Féile Shéamais Uí Chonaíle ar aon intinn leis an gConaíleach gur bunghné den ghleic ar son ceartais shóisialta í an bhéim ar oideachas. Ós rud é go mbíonn an fhéile suite in Connolly Books, an siopa leabhar radacach is sine i mBaile Átha Cliath agus an t-aon cheann sa chathair faoi láthair bíonn deis agat teacht ar scríbhinní Uí Chonaíle chomh maith le raon leathan de scríbhneoirí polaitíochta, eacnamaíochta agus cultúir. Ar sheilfeanna an tsiopa chomh maith geobhaidh tú irisí, paimfléid agus thréimhseacháin idir bhailiúcháin de shaothar Lenin agus fhoilseacháin Karl Marx agus Friedrich Engels. Tá leabhair ann freisin ar réabhlóidithe ar nós Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez agus go leor eile. Tá foilseacháin Pháirtí Cumannach na hÉireann ar díol ann chomh maith leis an míosachán Socialist Voice, Unity agus paimfléid. Agus tá raon leathan d'fhoilseacháin níos príomhshruthaí ann freisin.
Reachtáiltear an fhéile i gcomhar leis an New Theatre. Ó bunaíodh an amharclann, thart fá scór bliain ó shin, tá cáil bainte amach aici mar láthair do scríbhneoirí nua atá ag teacht chun cinn chomh maith le léirithe úrnua.
Rud amhain é daoine a thabhairt le chéile le taitneamh a bhaint as léiriú; tá sé chomh tábhachtach céanna, ar a laghad, tabhairt orthu fanacht ina dhiaidh agus caidreamh a dhéanamh lena chéile. Chuige sin bíonn imeacht caidrimh againn ar gach oíche den fhéile inár Seomra Dearg áit ar féidir le daoine a scíth a ligint, sos a ghlacadh, teacht le chéile agus polaitíocht an lae a phlé i dtimpeallacht shuaimhneach agus i gcomhshaol cairdiúil.
In keeping with Connolly's ideals, JCF believes an emphasis on education is a key element in the struggle for social justice. Having the festival hosted in Connolly Books, the oldest and only radical bookshop left in Dublin, you will find all of Connolly's works as well as a wide range of historical and contemporary political, economic and cultural writers. The shop also stocks magazines, pamphlets and periodicals ranging from the collected works of Connolly and Lenin, to the many publications of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. There are also books on revolutionaries such as Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez and many more. The Communist Party of Ireland's publications are also on sale, including its monthly Socialist Voice and Unity pamphlets. And there is a wide range of more mainstream publications too.
Getting people together to share in a performance is one thing, to encourage those people to then stay and socialise after the event is as important, if not more so. This is why, every festival night, in our Red Room, we host a social event where people can relax, unwind, meet and discuss the politics of the day in a comfortable environment and friendly atmosphere.
All events, unless otherwise stated, take place in The New Theatre, Connolly Books, East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Workers in Ireland are faced with a number of important struggles in 2019. Not least among these, the resurgence of far right politics, racism and fascism in Irish society is cause for significant alarm. What shape have these reactionary forces taken in today's world, and what can we do to combat them?
Joining us for a discussion on anti-racism, anti-fascism, and the challenges and opportunities facing migrants in political organising in Ireland today are the following speakers:
Direct Provision activist
Brazillian Left Front
Chaired by Spark Podcast
In addition to their stellar start to the season, Bohemian F.C. are renowned for their work off the pitch in battling racism and bigotry of all forms, as well as facilitating people housed in Direct Provision to attend their football games. Therefore, it is fitting that we ask you to join us in the Members’ Bar in Dalymount Park, the home of Bohs, from 7p.m. on Tuesday 7th May 2019 for what is sure to be a lively and informative event.
Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast is a 2017 documentary by director Daniel Draper. The film is about the life, times and work of 87 year old socialist, trade unionist and Labour Party MP Dennis Skinner. On Wednesday May 8th, James Connolly Festival 2019 will host the first Dublin screening of the film.
We expect this to sell out and encourage tickets to be bought in advance!
“The world is in a state of chassis”
This famous statement is from Seán O’Casey’s play “Juno and the Paycock.” But what does it mean?
The character (Joxer Daly) meant to say that it is in a state of chaos; and this is certainly true. The environment is in crisis, with global warming, pollution of the world’s oceans, and the increasing loss of bio-diversity. Wars, both large and small, rage around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have become refugees, fleeing hunger, war, and genocide, many of them dying at sea in their effort to find refuge and security. Billions of people live in dire poverty and experience super-exploitation by global corporations.
What has brought us to this point in the history of our planet, and to this deepening crisis? What are the forces propelling us towards the environmental abyss? How do we change direction and build a more democratic and socially just society, both at home and internationally? How do we end the super-exploitation of working people?
This is the real challenge that we all need to face, so as to work towards a solution. With this in mind, James Connolly Festival 2019 is happy to host three excellent speakers in Hugo Rene Ramos Milanes, Cuban ambassador to Ireland, Dr Moataz Khalifa of the Sudanese Communist Party and Eugene McCartan, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Ireland.
Hugo Rene Ramos Milanes (Cuban Ambassador to Ireland)
Dr Moataz Khalifa (Communist Party of Sudan)
Eugene McCartan (Communist Party of Ireland)
Chair: Laura Duggan (Communist Party of Ireland)