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College of Arts and Humanities at the 2020 UCD Festival 

Posted 19 May 2020

Pictured above l-r: Colm Tóibín, Professor Margaret Kelleher, Barbara Dawson, Helen Cullen, Dave Rudden, Anne Griffin, Jessica Traynor, Fiona McEntee, John O’Donovan, Deirdre Mulrooney, Rick O’Shea

The College was thrilled to announce the full lineup of Arts and Humanities features for this year’s UCD Festival @home. The virtual programme of talks and activities streamed live via the (opens in a new window)UCD Festival @home website from 21-23 May 2020. You can catch up on the virtual events on-demand on the (opens in a new window)UCD Festival @home website, with content from YouTube, SoundCloud, and more.

The Arts and Humanities Festival activations range across conversations, tours, performances, and workshops - all available from the comfort of your home - and feature collaborations with UCD Creative Fellows, MoLI, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

Live Conversations

  • “COVID-19's impact on Creative Spaces”: Colm Tóibín, UCD Creative Fellow, in Conversation with Prof Margaret Kelleher. Broadcast Thursday 21 May at 19:30pm.
  • “Masters of their Art”: Dave Rudden, UCD Creative Fellow, in conversation with writers Helen Cullen and Anne Griffin. Broadcast Friday 22 May at 18:30pm.
  • "Living the American Dream": Jessica Traynor, UCD Creative Fellow, interviews Fiona McEntee. Broadcast Friday 22 May at 19:30pm.
  • “June Caldwell on Nuala O'Faolain”: In conversation with Rick O’Shea. Broadcast Saturday 23 May at 16:30pm.

Talks & Tours

  • "Francis Bacon: The secret life of an artist’s studio” talk by Barabra Dawson, UCD Creative Fellow
  • Virtual Tour: EPIC Museum
  • UCD Woodland Walks with music from UCD Symphony Orchestra
  • Classics Corner: introduction to UCD's Classical Museum and more


  • UCD Choral Scholars: Virtual performance of "The Maid of Culmore"
  • UCD Symphony Orchestra: Recorded performance at the National Concert Hall
  • John O'Donovan, UCD Creative Fellow: Excerpt from FLIGHTS

Audio Learning

  • Coosheen’s Forgotten Seanchai and Son: Excerpt from the NewsTalk Radio Documentary on UCD Creative Fellow Deirdre Mulrooney’s collaboration with the National Folklore Collection, UCD Irish Studies, UCD English, and more
  • Blúiríní Béaloidis / Folklore Fragments: National Folklore Collection Podcast
  • Radio MoLI 

Activities and Workshops

  • UCDictionary: Crowd-sourced multilingual dictionary
  • MoLI Bright Sparks: Creative Bursts for Families
  • MoLI NovelTeen: Short creative writing clips for budding teenage writers

See the full lineup on the (opens in a new window)UCD Festival @home website.  

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