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The Futures of Irish Music

The Futures of Irish Music

Collins Barracks,   Dublin

26/01/2022 14:30


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A seminar hosted by music and academic professionals, facilitating a discussion about how Irish music can centre equality, diversity and inclusion moving forward as both an artform and as an industry. Hear from speakers informed by academic research and lived experience about the Future of Irish Music. 

As music festivals, venues, audiences and musicians continue to deal with the challenges wrought by Covid-19, this threshold moment may also allow us to reconsider more broadly the future(s) of Irish music in terms sustainability, diversity and inclusion. How might we move forward taking into account gender equality, minority participation, and modes of production that keep climate justice as well as social justice at the centre of activities? What kind of music career can professionals imagine into the future? Who will have access to the various modes of music education and funding, and how will that shape future participation and professionalisation of different genres and traditions? Can we model forms of music-making that address some or all of these challenges? What ultimately have we learned from the pandemic and what roles can festivals and the music industry play in such reimaginings? Our panel of musicians, educators, media influencers, content producers and shapers of cultural policy will address these and other questions.

FestiVersities is a HERA (EU) funded research project involving researchers and music festival partners in Ireland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland and the UK. This project aims to consider issues of cultural diversity and public space through a close examination of twelve music festivals across Europe, in addition to the impact of national COVID-19 restrictions on music industries and the post-pandemic landscape going forward. This event is hosted by members of the Irish FestiVersities team, senior lecturer Dr Aileen Dillane and postdoctoral research fellow Dr Sarah Raine from University of Limerick.


Ola Majekodunmi is a broadcaster, social commentator, Gaeilgeoir, film maker and co-founder of Beyond Representation, an event that brings together and celebrates women of colour in Ireland. 

Mamobo Ogoro is the founder of Gorm Media, an impact-focused digital media company, she currently is studying a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Limerick where she is a Sanctuary Fellow. 

Jack Talty is a musician, recording artist, composer and producer, founder Irish music label, Raelach Records, with a PhD in ethnomusicology

Enda Gallery is a musician, composer, and producer, formerly known as ‘Delush’. 

Niamh Ní Charra is a multi-award-winning musician, composer, recording artist and founder of FairPlé, an organization which aims to achieve gender balance in Irish traditional and folk music.


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General Admission: FREE 

Doors 14:30 | Performance starts 15:00


In line with current Government guidance, only ticketholders with a mask, photo ID and a valid Digital COVID Certificate will be granted access to the event. Patrons who cannot provide valid proof of immunity with ID and are refused entry at the venue for this reason, will not receive a refund.

TradFest Temple Bar are proud to partner with Novaerus to ensure the highest possible standard of safety for our guests and staff. For your protection and peace of mind, the venue for this event will be equipped with best-in-class air disinfection devices from Novaerus, which cyclically disinfect the air of any harmful airborne pollutants including Covid 19.