Happening now through June 5 at the Kennedy Center, you have the chance to participate in a global salute to Ireland’s arts and culture. If you are Irish, love the Irish, or wish you were Irish, now is your time.
The Kennedy Center’s IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture festival is the centerpiece of commemorative events in the United States, bringing to Washington some of Ireland’s best music, theater, dance, literature, food, and drink.
You can find the daily calendar of events online, with several fantastic performances at varying price ranges offered each day. I was able to attend the opening of the festival, which exhibited a sampling from only some of the acts participating in the festival. The premiere was opened by Vice President Biden and Taoiseach Enda Kelly (vocabulary alert: Taoiseach is the head of government in Ireland). Then Fiona Shaw (know to Harry Potter fans as Mrs. Dursley), the festival’s artist in residence, emceed for traditional dancers and hand pipers, a gorgeous soprano solo, performances of Irish operettas by the symphony, and way more.