An Invitation

We are delighted to invite your attendance at two special events in New York and Dublin to celebrate the first year of Cuala Foundation, Inc. and to launch New York Rising, a graphic novel and educational tool co-produced by GRAMMY-winner Susan McKeown and Derry’s Nerve Centre that tells the uncelebrated history of the international influence of the Rising. We are inspired by Freire’s definition of commemoration as an opportunity to transcend ourselves by looking at the past only as means of understanding so that we can more wisely build the future. The events will be live streamed.

CualaNYC Story Shebeen at Columbia University’s Heyman Center for the Humanities on Friday 9 December at 6:15 will be an evening of passionate performances of stories, songs and poetry in partnership with New York City Council and UrbanWordNYC. Guests include Siobhán Kavanagh, James Larkin, Laoisa Sexton, Stano, David Tian, Maya-Ange Veras, Ray Yeates.

CualaÉire Shebeen launches at Dublin City Hall on Wednesday 21 December at 7:00PM presented in partnership with Dublin City Council, Fighting Words, SIPTU and SuperPaua. Guests include Vickey Curtis, Ciarán McGann, Oisín, McKenna, Sian Ní Mhuire, Colm Ó Caoimh, Tadhg Ó Ciardha and Joanna Siewierska.

At each event Susan McKeown will introduce New York Rising, that will be the focus of a 2017 collaborative research project between youth groups in Ireland and the U.S. in partnership with Pat Dolan, UNESCO Ireland Chair of Children, Youth and Civic Engagement, and Ireland’s youth organization Foróige. This graphic novel tells stories of Irish women, of Connolly’s time in New York, and how people such as Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Marcus Garvey, Cyril Briggs, and poets Joyce Kilmer and Claude McKay were inspired by The Rising and its leaders to organize, write and to make their voices heard in creative ways.

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Poets and Patriots: The Easter Rising 1916

This extraordinary evening will feature Irish and American poems of the past century. With poets Louis de Paor, Theo Dorgan, Eamon Grennan, Paul Muldoon, Leanne O’Sullivan, Connie Roberts and musicians Susan McKeown and The Murphy Beds.

Women’s Shebeen Tubbercurry by Eimear MacBride

Welcome to CualaNYC Women's Shebeen, the first event of CualaNYC, New York City's first annual festival of Irish Culture. We invite you to join us in person or online - live streaming from The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University from 6:15PM EST.

Walking on Cars & Old Hannah

Irish band Walking On Cars and Old Hannah play at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 18th.

CualaNYC makes the headlines!

Cuala festival hoists an Irish cultural flag in New York. Susan McKeown has been exporting Irish culture her whole career. So can her festival of Irish arts become part of the fabric of New York City and beyond?

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Launch of new website

Welcome to the launch of our new website!