ClassicsNow is a platform for collaborative projects and a series of interdisciplinary public events in Dublin over the coming year, both live and online, under the ClassicsNow banner.

Following our warmly received opening festival in 2020 and our successful second and third editions, our fourth festival in February 2024 invites audiences to explore contemporary artistic interpretation and reimagining of the literature, arts and ideas of theAncient Greeks and Romans. It will highlight the rich tradition of Irish writers and playwrights reflecting on Ireland through the Classics, which goes back centuries.

Who is it for? It’s for everyone.

Whether you loved Greek and Roman mythology as a child, learned some Latin at school or have a passion for Roman history, politics and architecture, there’s something here for you.

We will have a strand for young audiences too, with creative events for secondary school students, enabling them to discover what the culture of Ancient Greece and Rome has to say to us today.

Full programme information will be available here from early January 2024.

ClassicsNow is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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Festival Curator  Helen Meany
Ronan McDonnell, A Worthy Cause
Project Manager  
Leah Johnston

Steering Committee

ClassicsNow has been developed by a steering committee with representatives from the Classics departments of University College Dublin, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin and the Classical Association of Ireland.

Martine Cuypers Trinity College Dublin
Helen Meany culture writer and arts consultant
Eoghan Moloney Maynooth University
Louise Maguire Chair of Teachers’ Branch: Classical Association of Ireland – Teachers
Alexander Thein University College Dublin

Partners for 2024 include the National Concert Hall, Dance Ireland, Dublin City Gallery: the Hugh Lane, Irish Film Institute, Italian Cultural Institute and the Classical Association of Ireland.

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Festival Partners

Literature IrelandInstituto Italiano di Cultura DublinoThe Classical Teachers Association of IrelandThe Classical Association of IrelandThe Classical Association of Northern IrelandAdvocating Classics EducationIrish Institute of Hellenic Studies at AthensMaynooth UniversityTrinity College DublinInstituto Italiano di Cultura Dublino

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