Programme of Events

ClassicsNow Festival
13-15 November 2020

The programme has moved fully online now, due to changed Covid restrictions.

Events will be free to watch, streamed online on this website, and to re-watch later.

Friday Nov 13th

Daniel Mendelsohn

Opening In Conversation event

7 p.m.

Memoirist, NYRB critic, classicist, Daniel Mendelsohn, with Laureate for Irish Fiction, Sebastian Barry. With Daniel Mendelsohn joining us remotely from New York. (Online, live with Q&A.)

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Sophie Deraspe's Antigone

Virtual online screening
(Available all weekend)

9 p.m.

Virtual online screening of Sophie Deraspe’s powerful new feature film Antigone, set in Montreal today, where Antigone’s family are immigrants from North Africa. It will be screened on the Irish Film Institute’s video-on-demand platform IFI@HOME. The Irish Film Institute in partnership with ClassicsNow. (Admission charge of €7.50 for this event only.)

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Saturday Nov 14th

Andrea Marcolongo

In Conversation event

1.15 p.m.

Italian author and Greek scholar, Andrea Marcolongo, with critic Mary Norris of the New Yorker, discussing their recent books on Ancient Greek and its pleasures and revelations. In partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and Literature Ireland (online event).

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Junk Ensemble

Film screening

4. 15 p.m.

Shapeshifting: Junk Ensemble dance company with artist Alice Maher and composer Denis Clohessy give insights into the making of The Misunderstanding of Myrrha, their new dance piece for Dublin Dance Festival, based on the myth of Myrrha/Smyrna from Ovid's Metamorphoses. With Poetry Ireland. (online)

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Natalie Haynes

In-conversation event

7.45 – 8.45 p.m.

An evening with Natalie Haynes: an in-conversation event with the sparkling novelist, critic and BBC broadcaster on her latest book about the women of Greek myth, Pandora’s Jar. (Online event, from Natalie Haynes’ home in London.)

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Sunday Nov 15th

Conall Morisson

Panel discussion

2.15 p.m.

Antigone Now: panel discussion on Antigone's contemporary resonances, with Irish playwrights Conall Morrison and Colin Murphy, both of whom have written versions/ adaptations of Sophocles’ Antigone. In conversation with arts journalist Paula Shields. (Online event)

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Marina Carr

In Conversation event

6.15 p.m.

In Conversation event with playwright Marina Carr on her plays’ reimaginings/ transpositions of Greek tragedy to Irish settings, including her forthcoming work for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, The Boy, based on the myth of Oedipus, the cursed king of Thebes. In conversation with award-winning theatre director, Caitríona McLaughlin. (Online event)

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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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