Irish Wings is a week of Irish art, music, poetry and cooking. It takes place between 6th and 10th July 2017 and is designed to explore Ireland’s cultural relationship with Greece.
It launches on Thursday 6th July at 7pm with an exhibition of Irish art called ‘Ireland and the Sea’. This will run until 3rd August in the Loggos Schoolhouse. It features some of Ireland’s best artists, including Mick O’Dea, who has been President of the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, and Denise Ferran, President of the Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast.
On Friday 7th July the poet Theo Dorgan will be reading in the KIP Library in Gaios from his nine collections of poetry. Theo is a former Director of the respected poetry journal, Poetry Ireland. He and his partner, the poet Paula Meehan (who has been Ireland Professor of Poetry) spend a lot of time in Ikaria and Theo’s collection, Greek, displays his love and knowledge of Greece, its culture, history and mythology. Theo’s poems have been translated into Greek by the poet, Socrates Kabouropolos, and Socrates will be present, with Paxiot Spyros Bogdanos, to read the poems in Greek.
On Saturday 8th July at 7.30pm in the Loggos Schoolhouse, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and members of the Greek group, Apodimi Compania, will be giving a public interview about the bouzouki in Greek and Irish music. Irvine and Lunny had a major role in introducing the instrument to Ireland and they will be talking about what attracted them to it, its history in Ireland and their techniques. Apodimi Compania will compare this to the history and use of the instrument in Greece. A marvellous example of cross-culture and the perfect introduction to the concert the following night.
On Sunday 9th July the icons of Irish traditional and world music, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, will be appearing with the much-loved and highly-respected Greek group, Apodimi Compania and the Paxiot bouzouki player, Elias Dendias, in a concert exploring the musicians’ love and interpretation of the bouzouki. This will take place in the Loggos School Yard at 8.30pm and will be attended and introduced by the Irish Ambassador to Greece.
On Monday 10th July at 12.00 noon the Irish celebrity-chef Paula McIntyre will be in Carnayo restaurant, Gaios, demonstrating recipes inspired by the poet, Seamus Heaney, who was in Greece when he heard that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The demonstration will include the lines,
As we wolfed down horta, tarama and houmos
At sunset in the farmyard, drinking ouzos,
Pretending not to hear the Delphic squeal
Of the steel-haired cailleach in the scullery.
Then it was time to head into Desfina
To allow them to sedate her. And so retsina,
Anchovies, squid, dolmades, french fries even.
Irish Wings gratefully acknowledges the support of Culture Ireland.