Following our warmly received opening festival in 2020 and second edition in 2022, our third festival in January 2023 invites audiences to explore contemporary artistic interpretation and reimagining of the literature, arts and ideas of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. It will highlight the rich tradition of Irish writers and playwrights reflecting on Ireland through the Classics, which goes back centuries.
Whether you loved Greek and Roman mythology as a child, learned some Latin at school or have a passion for Roman history 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 2023.
ClassicsNow is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.
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Festival Curator Helen Meany
Designer Ronan McDonnell, A Worthy Cause
Project Manager Leah Johnston
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
Louise Maguire Chair of Teachers’ Branch: Classical Association of Ireland – Teachers
Alexander Thein University College Dublin
Partners for 2023 included the National Concert Hall, the Abbey Theatre, Dublin City Gallery: the Hugh Lane, Irish Film Institute, Poetry Ireland and the Classical Association of Ireland.