Eugene Downes

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Finghin Collins: ‘It’s the first time in my life that I’ve actually had time to sit down and say what do I want to learn that I don’t necessarily need to learn for an actual engagement’

It’s almost an inevitable question now, when you catch up with someone you’ve not been in touch with during the Covid-19 pandemic – What have you been(...)

Candice Gordon, first full-time cultural officer for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, based  in the Irish embassy Berlin: “Cultural diplomacy is about opening dialogue and finding connections between countries, not forcing things down people’s throats.” she says.   . Photograph: Tom Taylor

Ireland’s image in Germany is “positive but limited”, with ingrained ideas of hard-drinking wild Celts playing traditional music, says Candice Gordon,(...)

Violinist Patrick Rafter: Far-sighted musical vision. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

There is no escaping the fact that Kilkenny Arts Festival’s music programme has been taken in a new direction by Olga Barry, whose first festival as a(...)

Chiaroscuro quartet plays at The West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry

The big summer festivals are on the way. The Great Music in Irish Houses festival June 11th-16th, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival June 29th to Ju(...)

Magdalena Kozená

This year has been rich in turning points. There was the launch of Irish National Opera in January. March brought the news that David Agler, artistic (...)

Adam Clayton of U2 and the band’s former manager, Paul McGuinness look at an English-Irish dictionary dating from 1768 as Irish College director Nora Hickey M’sichili looks on.

What does an Irish rock star do on their day off in Paris? At the midpoint of their four concerts in Paris this week, U2’s lead singer and bass guita(...)

Eugene Downes: his weaknesses in Kilkenny were as clear as his strengths. Photograph: Bryan Meade

The curtain has fallen, and the Eugene Downes years at Kilkenny Arts Festival have come to an end. Musically, Downes left as he had started, with an e(...)

The big musical focus of Kilkenny Arts Festival is the chamber music of Brahms. Festival director Eugene Downes has found space for songs, choral musi(...)

Irish Modern Dance Theatre: Oona Doherty and Valda Setterfield rehearse Inventions. Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska The Irish Modern Dance Theatre will perform ‘Inventions’ at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska

Inventions, a new Bach-inspired dance by John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre, will premiere in the midst of Kilkenny Arts Festival’s classical-mus(...)

Emma Morwood and Andrew Gavin in The Return of Ulysses by Claudio Monteverdi. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

The Return of Ulysses  ★★★ Kilkenny Arts Festival Monteverdi, Wagner and Berg are the great opera composers most grievously under-represented on(...)

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