Music & Dance at Cruinniú na Cásca
An exciting variety of free, family-friendly events are taking place nationwide for the first ever Easter Monday Cruinniú na Cásca celebration and fans of music and dance are in for a very special treat.
Glór, Ennis will get toes tapping in Clare with taster dance workshops as part of their fun family day. In Dublin, learn a whole new set of dance moves at Custom House Quay where you can catch the Chinese Academy of Dance Ireland perform captivating Chinese folk dance or why not get suitably cinematic with a Bollywood Beats Dance Workshop in Custom House Gardens?
You can strut your stuff to soulful disco sounds with Danielle Ng too. This dance pro will be giving a workshop on the foundational movements of the fun ‘70s dance style ‘waacking’.
Also at Custom House Quay, enjoy a tango extravaganza with Tango Fiesta. Created by professional dancers Kristina Chaloir and Julian Brigatti from Argentina, the pair will perform with stunning accompaniment from Oleg Ponomarev on violin and Drazen Derek on guitar. And don’t miss the chance to get involved in the Céilí Mór where Dartry Céilí Band and the Hell For Leather dance troupe will be leading the charge with set, céilí and sean-nós dancing.
At St Stephen’s Green enjoy authentic traditional Latvian dance with folk dance group Karbunkulis, who have brought the beauty and elegance of this traditional dance to audiences across Ireland for over a decade. Or how about some Filipino dance? Lumad nga Bisaya Ireland and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland Dancers will perform native traditional dances in celebration of the day too. Salsa Cubana’s dance troupe are also set to perform at the bandstand in St Stephen’s Green and will be inviting onlookers to join in and learn a few key Cuban steps.
View a map of Dublin event zones here.
Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise will host just some of Laois’ Cruinniú na Cásca events, including special performances from Laois Dance Ensemble, Music Generation Laois and renowned singer-songwriter John Spillane.
In Wexford, plenty of entertainment is on offer at the Cruinniú na Cásca Cabaret at Wexford Arts Centre. This family-friendly variety performance will showcase a vibrant mix of local music, spoken word talent and much more in the spirit of the day’s cultural celebration.
In Cork City drop into the Lee Sessions at iconic bar An Spailpín Fánach where unrivalled musicians will be playing some top-notch trad.
In Killarney, Kerry, singer/songwriter Ger Wolfe will enchant with a music workshop for children, while folk music stalwart Jimmy Crowley will give an evening performance in Muckross Schoolhouse. And for fans of Other Voices, Dingle artist Áine Ní Chíobháin, who has created the iconic artwork and projections for the series, will curate a light art and music event in conjunction with local schools and performers. This will involve a series of workshops culminating in an exhibition of projections and light sculptures with live musical performance on Easter Monday.
At Abbeyshrule, Longford, see the local 12th century Cistercian Abbey illuminated with a special ceremony of light held at dusk, this will be complemented by musical performances from the Innyside Singers choral group.
While the ancient surroundings of Louth’s Mellifont Abbey will become an atmospheric venue for the day, hosting performances from local traditional music act Kern and lauded fiddler Gerry O’Connor.
Dublin will be buzzing with all musical styles come Easter Monday. At Custom House Gardens check out Ireland’s only full mariachi band, or give brass-wielding favourites Kormac’s Big Band a whirl at St Stephen’s Green. Just one of the many incredible choirs to be found on the day include Ireland’s leading intercultural choir the Discovery Gospel Choir, while the enigmatic Jerry Fish, indie high-fliers We Cut Corners and The Academic will be joined by funky horn heavyweights Booka Brass Band on the 2FM stage in Smithfield.
At Dublin Castle, world-renowned musical innovators Crash Ensemble will perform atmospheric soundscapes to accompany singer/songwriter Adrian Crowley as he reads from his new fiction writing, The Dead Hotel.
These are just some of the diverse events taking place on 17 April, more events are being scheduled daily so be sure to check Cruinniú na Cásca for regular updates, new additions and other essential information.
NEED TO KNOW
All events are free, although some are ticketed due to limited capacity. Cruinniú na Cásca is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and is supported by RTÉ, Dublin City Council, the OPW, Transport for Ireland and the 31 Local Authorities.
Thousands of tickets will be available to the public for talks, film-screenings, autism friendly workshops and coding classes, but it’s strongly recommended that you secure your place online in advance as capacity is a regard.
Check out this health and safety guide to ensure everyone has a fun and safe day out this Easter.
View a map of Dublin event zones here.
For a full list of events and to book your free tickets, visit RTÉ Cruinniú na Cásca online.