Moran’s tour of Dr Cosmos has received glowing reviews for his eccentric reflections on everyday modern life. The Guardian lauded the performance, “few fringe shows come as well stuffed with sparkling material”, with audiences worldwide delighted by the free-form show.
Eureka’s Children’s annual Democracy Award Dinner remembers pivotal moments in the nation’s history, with this year marking the 165th anniversary of the maiden flying of the Eureka flag. A night of proud commemoration will see 2019 awardee, Irish descendant Tim Costello, celebrated for his contributions to religious life and progressive social reform.
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For the first time, an Irish film will join the intriguing lineup at the Winda Film Festival, an annual event celebrating the work of international Indigenous filmmakers. Dónal Ó’Céilleachair’s The Camino Voyage tells the perilous tale of Irish creatives embarking on a journey across the seas. The film features beloved musicians Glen Hansard and Brendan Begley, ensuring the sounds of Ireland are ever-present.
Sydney will be treated to Walking on Cars’ first ever headline show down under come November. The Kerry band will tour the new sophomore album Colours, featuring splashes of synth-rock as well as the indie-pop sound and brilliant songwriting fans have come to expect.
Walking on Cars have found international success since their debut single Catch Me If You Can shot to the top of iTunes charts in 2012. Following a summer of European festival spots and a sold out UK tour, the Dingle band will bring their show to Melbourne for one night only.
With over 200 million streams and 60 million video views to their name, Kerry band Walking on Cars are preparing for global chart domination. Perth fans will finally have the chance to see the five-piece live in December as they tour their new album Colours.
The annual Beechworth Celtic Festival returns for 2019 with events for all ages. Festival goers can walk in Ned Kelly’s footsteps on a tour of the town’s Heritage Precinct and Goal or enjoy a day with their family at a community picnic. Saturday night will be a highlight of the weekend, with the Beechworth Old Gaol Tattoo taking to the streets to perform music of the World War I era.
Irish and Australian voices are set to share the stage for a seven-date Australian tour. Sligo singer Tommy Fleming and Sydney native Mark Vincent will delight audiences with classical favourites and contemporary showstoppers, from Nessun Dorma to You Raise Me Up.
The duo will visit the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba in November 2019.
Ireland’s Tommy Fleming and Australia’s Mark Vincent will share the stage for an East Coast tour. The setlist is sure to have audiences singing along, filled with original songs and covers of contemporary classics including Hallelujah. The show will visit Thirroul, Tweed Heads and Sydney, giving Australians a rare chance to hear two famous voices together in harmony.
Irish and Australian favourites Tommy Fleming and Mark Vincent will kick off their Australian concert tour in Melbourne in November before travelling the East Coast. The Irish singer, famed for both his traditional and contemporary tunes, will join Australia’s Got Talent winner Vincent for a performance not to be missed.
Dylan Moran brings his new comedy tour Dr Cosmos to the iconic Opera House and State Theatre, performing to Sydney crowds for the first time since 2015. With a flair for unexpected and witty reflections on modern life, love and politics, Moran has drawn rave reviews.
Sydney tour dates:
Tuesday 29 October, Opera House
Tuesday 26 November, State Theatre
The thirty-second Ireland Funds Garden Party is sure to be a raging success, with guests at last year’s event enjoying the opportunity to watch Irish dance performances, participate in a live auction and expand their philanthropic network.
Award Winners and National Finalists will be celebrated at the night of nights for the Irish-Australian business community. Now in its fifth year, the Business Awards Gala offers a chance to recognise leading industry professionals and young up-and-comers.
With last year’s event featuring performances by The X Factor’s folk-pop duo Jess Dunbar and Matt Price, 2019’s Gala is sure to be an exciting night for all attendees in the grand surrounds of the Sofitel Sydney.
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The Zone Out Festival is set to celebrate international music and culture. After yoga sessions and thought-provoking panel discussions, highlights of the day will include performances from Sydney DJs, a Scottish cellist, and County Meath songstress Sibéal who recently released her debut album of Irish folk music.
Tickets are essential for this rare opportunity to see musicians from the world over come together in one venue.
The Lansdowne Club’s Rugby Preview Lunch will bring together rugby fans for an afternoon of entertainment, whether attendees will be cheering for Ireland or Australia in the upcoming tournament.
Special guests including former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock and retired Irish-Australian flanker Keith Gleeson will offer their insights into the 2019 World Cup’s key contenders, just a week before kick off.
This Irish and Celtic Music Festival will bring the sounds of Ireland to the walking precinct of Yass, with concerts not to be missed. Prepare to hear the best of Irish poetry at spoken word performances, dance at workshops galore, and shop at the Celtic markets.
Australian audiences will finally get the chance to see Dara Ó Briain’s new show Voice Of Reason when his national tour kicks off in Brisbane. The television host returns to his roots as a stand-up comedian for a fast-paced and provocative performance.
Acclaimed writers and academics from Ireland, Australia and America will come together for a timely and unmissable panel discussion about the resurgence of xenophobic populism in the modern Western world.
Fintan O’Toole, Melissa Lucashenko and Deborah Lipstadt will each bring their unique national insights to the Sydney Opera House’s flagship festival of ideas, Antidote.
The legend of outlaw Ned Kelly is inescapable. This musical drama Barry versus Kelly sheds new light on the tale, foregrounding the plight of Kelly and of Sir Redmond Barry, the judge who hanged him. Suffering delusions, Barry grapples with his conscience as he sentences a fellow Irish Australian to death, and wrestles with the haunting consequences long after.
Club Hibernia events always provide an opportunity for NSW construction industry professionals to network and mingle, and now familiar rugby faces including Ben Evans and Dan Parks will join in the festivities as guests celebrate the highly anticipated Rugby World Cup.
The annual Commemoration is a moving event which allows the Irish-Australian community to come together to remember the past while looking towards the future.
This year’s event will begin with a Symposium at The Mint Building before attendees visit the Famine Memorial on College St, paying respects to all who suffered and to young orphan women resettled in Australia.
Symposium attendees will not only have the chance to hear from the Vice-Consul General of Ireland Rory Conaty, and historian and genealogist Dr Perry McIntyre, but will also have the opportunity to see colonial artefacts presented by the Sydney Living Museum.
The day will end with guests connecting at P.J. O’Brien’s pub.
This one-day introduction to Celtic history offers a rare opportunity to explore the bronze-age, iron-age and medieval culture. Attendees will probe into the latest research about the Celts, learning from archaeological sites and artefacts.
The Nightingale is the haunting story of a young girl in the Australian wilderness who must learn the price of seeking revenge. Director Jennifer Kent, a NIDA graduate who created Sundance Film Festival favourite The Babadook, will appear at the preview screening for a Q&A session with the audience.
Set in violent colonial times, The Nightingale has stirred up international controversy, intrigue, and acclaim. The film features new talent and familiar faces including Irish-Italian actress Aisling Franciosi, Indigenous actor Baykali Ganambarr, and Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games fame. Director Jennifer Kent will appear for a Q&A session at the Sydney previews.
The Nightingale will be screened in Newtown on August 18 and in Paddington on August 19.
Told through Irish music and dance, A TASTE OF IRELAND explores magical tales spanning generations of Irish storytelling and culture. This world class show features World, All Ireland & National Champion Irish dancers, and musicians from around the globe performing unique music and dance that reflects the story that is Ireland.
Melodic Celtic flute is complemented by raw and rhythmic guitar to create the heart felt sounds of Ireland. The show features a dynamic musical duo and impressive dancing rarely seen outside of the World Championship stage. "A Taste of Ireland" was composed and choreographed in Dublin and is quickly on its way to becoming the new frontier in Irish entertainment.
Created and produced by Pace Entertainment Group, the show will transport the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition showcase the very essence of celebrating the Irish Spirit.
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Former INXS singer and Grammy-nominated songwriter Ciaran Gribbin will lead a night of rock at The Vanguard. With a setlist ranging from the traditional melodies of Ireland to modern radio hits, Gribbin and his fellow musicians will pick up their fiddles and guitars for an energetic performance not to be missed.
The Corporate Breakfast brings together industry leaders for robust panel discussions about career progression. This year’s event at Sydney’s Facebook HQ is sure to offer fresh insight into the world of tech, while funds raised will go to the Young Leaders’ worthy charitable causes.
The mid-year luncheon is one of the most popular events on the Aisling Society’s social calendar. Open to members and friends, guests will hear from Owen Feeney, Consul General of Ireland in Sydney. With diplomatic experience in Ireland, France, the USA and now Australia, the Consul General has a wealth of international affairs insight to share.
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Breakfast guests will enjoy more than a menu filled with Irish produce, with guest speaker Stephanie Lyons, 2018’s Young Professional in the Irish Australian Business Awards and Harvard Business School Alumna, set to share her insights with attendees.
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Melbourne Connections offers a networking opportunity at Northcote’s Buck Mulligan’s - an Irish bookshop by day and lively whiskey bar by night. The Irish Chamber of Commerce’s social events are always a hit, allowing kindred community members to refresh their contacts list.
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The Cripple of Inishmaan tells a dark comic tale of a young Irish boy desperate to become a big screen star, if only to escape the tedium of his daily life. Set in the 1930s on a remote island of Ireland’s West Coast, the production is full of rumblings of gossip and hearsay that keep audiences - and characters - on their toes.
The Irish Film Festival will join forces with the Perth Revelation International Film Festival to bring three of the year’s best Irish films to Western Australia. The select screenings offer a smorgasbord of genres, from chilling documentary Unquiet Graves to laugh-out-loud comedy Metal Heart.
Victoria’s historical town of Kilmore was a base for early Celtic settlers, the most famous being colonial politician William Rutledge from Kilmore, County Cavan. The Celtic Festival honours the town’s past and ongoing culture with a traditional banquet, poetry and pipe performances and cheerful community gatherings.
Kilmore is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne.
The beloved modern musical classic Once draws audiences into the love story of a struggling Irish hoover repairman and a Czech flower vendor who share a passion and talent for music. With a repertoire including Oscar-wining melody Falling Slowly, the strength of the play lies in the power of its lively fiddle and acoustic guitar, with songs ranging from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. The Sydney season has not been extended.
Based on the bizarre true story of James Joyce’s 1917 Zurich production of The Importance of Being Earnest, and celebrated as one of Tom Stoppard’s greatest comedies, Travesties puts Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Tristan Tzara together. Directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean, Travesties is being staged as part of the Bloomsday in Melbourne festivities. Performances continue until June 23. To book, click here.