ClassicsNow is the start of something new: a platform for collaborative projects and a series of interdisciplinary public events over the coming year, under the ClassicsNow banner.

The opening weekend in November 2020 invites audiences to explore contemporary artistic interpretation and reimagining of the literature, arts and ideas of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Artists and writers, international and Irish, are bringing new insights to the legacies of the ancient world. ClassicsNow will highlight the rich tradition of Irish writers reflecting on Ireland through the Classics, which goes back centuries.

Who is it for? It’s for everyone.

Whether you loved Greek mythology as a child, are curious about language or have a passion for Roman history and architecture, there’s something here for you.

We have a strand for young audiences too, with creative online events for secondary school students who can upload self-recordings of favourite speeches from Greek tragedy, or become myth-makers themselves using Minecraft.

Full programme information will be available here from early November.

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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
Maeve O’Brien, Maynooth University
Seamus O’Sullivan, Chair of Teachers’ Branch: Classical Association of Ireland – Teachers
Alexander Thein, University College Dublin

ClassicsNow is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Partners include the Classical Association of Ireland, Italian Cultural Institute, Literature Ireland, Poetry Ireland and the Irish Film Institute.

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