DCU set to host ANAM festival this month

Mary Ryan

The programme for ANAM 2019 was curated by musician Philip King and South Wind Blows

DCU is set to host the second annual ANAM festival in early April, following its successful run last year.

The arts and culture festival, which runs over two days on April 3rd and 4th, was created to celebrate the work of local artists from the North Dublin and surrounding areas, in collaboration with staff and students at DCU. This year’s festival will be sponsored by Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council, the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and Neogen.

The programme for ANAM 2019 was curated by musician Philip King and South Wind Blows, the production company behind the “Other Voices” live music series, which will be holding a live showcase on Thursday.

Mary Colgan, Operations Officer in the President’s office, said this year’s programme was “quite powerful” and that they were “very proud” of the 2019 line-up.

“We want this to be long term, we want it to be not simply DCU, we want it to be DCU very much in its community, in it’s North Dublin Community we’d like to work with other stakeholders in the region,” she said.

Rap duo Tebi Rex, spoken word poet Natalya O’ Flaherty, and alternative rock band Delorentos are scheduled to perform Thursday night, along with fellow Dublin artists Mango X MathMan and KTG.

Events will be held across all three campuses in DCU, with a number of masterclass, discussion panels, films, live readings and concerts, including a photographic exhibition from Vukašin Nedeljković, in collaboration with volunteers seeking asylum in Ireland, and a live reading from author Melatu Uche Okorie and members of the local “Fighting Words” programme.

DCU President Brian McCraith said the success of last year’s festival was a “clear sign” that locals support the university’s attempts to create a North Dublin Cultural Quarter.

“We believe this year’s event will be yet another step in achieving that goal and we look forward to welcoming DCU staff, students, alumni and the wider community to celebrate with us and enjoy an inspiring line-up of talent,” he said in a statement.

Most of the scheduled events will be free of charge, with the exception of the “Other Voices” showcase and “Heart of Rowl”, a concert of contemporary folk and Irish traditional music hosted by All Hallows campus. Both performances cost €15, or €12 for DCU students.

Mary Ryan

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