College of Arts & Humanities at the UCD Festival 2022

The College is thrilled to announce the full lineup of Arts and Humanities features for this year’s UCD Festival 2022. This year the Festival is returning to Belfield on June 11, from 12pm-6pm, with over 100 events taking place. 

The Arts and Humanities Festival activities range across conversations, performances, screenings and exhibitions, with offerings suitable for the whole family.

Register for activities of interest below, and make sure to peruse the full lineup of events on the UCD Festival website.

We look forward to seeing you at the UCD Festival.  Booking is advisable. Please click on the title of each event to access the booking page for each event. 

All-Day Events:

  • Making a Masterpiece Art Workshop - The UCD School of Art History and DrawSoc will be enlivening the walkways of campus with an informal collage-making and pavement chalking workshop, for children & their families & artistic folks of all ages. A drop-in activity, with all materials provided.
  • Italy: Land of Wonders - Come visit Italy: Land of Wonders! This showcases an interactive game that introduces the wonders of Italy. There are 6 explanatory panels outside the venue that show how to play along with a QR Code to download and play the game. An expert will be on hand to guide you.
  • (Re)discover your Childhood Heroes - A Literary Treasure Hunt! - Join us for a literary treasure hunt (re)discovering your childhood heroes. By following our clues into the depth of the Newman Building we will introduce you to the origin of your favourite characters and take you on an adventure discovering old and new worlds. Great prizes are awaiting you. 
  • UCD Symphony Orchestra in Virtual Reality - Experience the UCD Symphony Orchestra in virtual reality! Immerse yourself in the glorious setting of St Patrick’s Cathedral and listen to an excerpt from their French Connections Concert. Feel as if you are right in the heart of the orchestra with this stunning VR experience. 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm, E0.01, Ground Floor Science [SOLD OUT]
  • The Art of Identity: Generation Peace and European Identities - This interactive, child-friendly art exhibition will showcase children’s artwork from our international research sites and explore children’s perspectives of, and attachment to different national and ethnic identities. Children will be invited to contribute their own drawings to the exhibit representing the research topics of ‘Europe’, ‘Peace’ and ‘Where I Live’.
  • Encounter Between Three Worlds - The first ever circumnavigation of the globe, Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage represents a landmark in the history of humanity. The aim of this exhibition is to share this great adventure and to highlight how centuries of knowledge, investigation and experimentation all come together in the deeds of a few men, and how it was at the outer edges of our nation’s borders that humanity began to understand itself.
  • UCD Sculpture Trail: Remembering Ruth Ferguson - The UCD Sculpture Trail comprises public works of art that form an integral part of the urban fabric of the university, enriching the sense of place and the beauty of the natural environment. This year, we remember Ruth Ferguson, who along with Professor Emeritus Paula Murphy, devised the sculpture trail. 12:00-18:00, UCD University Club
  • Classical Museum Tours - The UCD Classical Museum will host curated tours at the Festival. The Classical Museum encourages research and publication of its collections and acts as an educational amenity for schools and the general public. The Museum offers a unique and wonderful collection of artefacts, including Greek pottery, Latin gravestones, papyrus fragments and even a Roman sarcophagus!
  • Roman Soldiers at UCD! - Ancient Rome comes to life at the UCD Festival! Meet Roman Legionnaires here at Belfield and learn about Classical History as it comes to life with Legion Ireland – The Roman Military Society of Ireland. 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm, O'Reilly Hall Stretch 3
  • The Sounds of Belfield - Music, Film & Drama students have produced a self-guided digital audio tour of Belfield, capturing the emotions, impressions and experiences that blend together to evoke the student experience at UCD. Drawing from nature, conversation, music and spoken word performance, this tour captures the Sounds of Belfield. Brought to you by  the UCD Creative Futures Academy. 
  • Connecting With Culture - Meet people who are passionate about the cultures and languages. Join our Multicultural Quiz at 1pm and hear MENU Cookbook traditional recipes stories with the Multicultural Employee Network of UCD at 2pm. Everyone is welcome. 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Newman Concourse

 

Events from 12:00-14:00

Image from the CP Curran/Helen Laird collection in UCD Library Special Collections reproduced by kind permission of Helen Solterer.

  • James Joyce short film | Première and Q&A - To mark the centenary of James Joyce’s Ulysses, UCD has created a short-film, highlighting the link between UCD’s current dynamic and diverse student population and Joyce, UCD’s most illustrious graduate. The film will première at the UCD festival, with a Q&A led by Professor Margaret Kelleher. 12:00pm,  Theatre M, Newman Building
  • James Joyce Remembered: A Panel Discussion - Drawing on the 2022 edition of UCDer C.P Curran’s “James Joyce Remembered,” published by UCD Press, Hugh Campbell, Margaret Kelleher, Helen Solterer and Lucy Collins will discuss how their various investigations in literature, architecture, political history, and UCD’s Special Collections bring into clearer focus the creative cohort around Joyce, and add to their view and research into the writer and his city, 100 years on from Ulysses. 1:30pm.
  • National Folklore Collection Tours - The UCD National Folklore Collection will host curated tours at the Festival. The objectives of the NFC are to collect, preserve and disseminate the oral tradition of Ireland. The audio and film recordings, manuscripts and rare printed materials gathered span many aspects of human endeavour, from material culture to oral literature, language and artistic expression. 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, James Joyce Library [SOLD OUT]
  • UCD Special Collections Exhibition - This exhibition showcases the Curran Laird collection in UCD Special Collections. It reflects a vibrant literary and cultural scene in Dublin and highlights not only abiding friendships with important figures such as James Joyce, the Yeats family, but also artistic networks at the heart of the Irish Literary Revival.12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, James Joyce Library
  • New Writing 2022 - Catherine Prasifka, Aingeala Flannery, Danny Denton – moderator Chandrika Naryanan-Mohan. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, O'Reilly Hall Stretch 1
  • Re(ad)Writing - An opportunity to hear poets read, be inspired by them and write your own! Poetry is a conversation and this event is an opportunity for you to join in, listen to wonderful poets, well known and new to you, and have your own voice heard too. 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, James Joyce Library
  • Screen and Stage Writing Panel - A panel discussion on writing for Screen and Stage with Q&A afterwards, join Mark O’Halloran, Eva O’Connor and moderator Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, O'Reilly Hall Stretch 1
  • Bittersweet Symphony Live Podcast Episode - Join us in the UCD University Club’s Beech Lounge for a live episode of Bittersweet Symphony. Host Cliodhna Ryan is a violinist who speaks with fellow musicians about what happened when the concert halls shut their doors, and the music stopped. What did they discover about what really matters to them? 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, UCD University Club

Events from 14:00-16:00

  • How To Be a Storyfinder - I’m a person made of stories! Did you know: you are too? Join me for a fun talk about my writing journey, creativity, imagination, the power of books, and how to find stories wherever you look. They’re all around, just waiting to be found! There will be a chance to ask some questions and enjoy some entertaining readings with Sinead from one of her own books as part of this event. This event is suitable for children aged 8 years and over. 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, UCD Campus Bookshop [SOLD OUT]
  • Student Short Film Showcase with Mark O’Halloran - Join the class of 2022 from the Writing for Stage and Screen MA, for an end-of-year short film showcase. Mentored by Mark O’ Halloran, these original screenplays by the MA students, each 8-10 minutes long, were professionally produced, and cover a variety of subjects, often in a darkly-comic vein. The session will be introduced by Mark O’Halloran and is brought to you by the School of English, Drama & Film and the Creative Futures Academy. 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Theatre M, Newman Building
  • Remote Relationships - Audrey Magee’s The Colony and Sara Baume’s Seven Steeples both deal with character relationships in isolated spaces. They join moderator Rick O’Shea to discuss this.3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, O'Reilly Hall Stretch 1

Events from 16:00-18:00

  • The Flourishing Screening- The Flourishing showcases the origins of and the impetus behind the Irish folk music revival and celebrates the outstanding musicians who brought Irish music to global audiences. 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Theatre M, Newman Building
  • Seisún ag an Festival - Join us in the Newman Building for craic agus spraoi at a lively trad session featuring UCD students and musicians. All are welcome! 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm, Newman Concourse
  • Wounded to Death: A Semi-staged Reading - Wounded to death is a punch in the stomach of the audience. Along the lines of Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River, this anthology of monologues by Serena Dandini gives voice to victims of femicide. Far from the sensationalism of chronicles, these women will tell you their stories. For the first time. Ages 16+ - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, UCD Student Centre FitzGerald Chamber