Monday, 22 May 2017

Policy Lab Seminar

The first Policy Lab seminar takes place on Tuesday 23rd May in Room 207, Arts Millennium Building.

Tareq Abuelhaj “Cost effectiveness of food voucher transfers: exploiting the cash-out puzzle in Iraq”

Location: Room 207, AMB    
Time: 9:00

Thursday, 23 March 2017

NUI Galway Cultural Collaborations in Europe

Galway 2020 European

The Yoik - Ancient Tradition of the Sami People

The Sami people also known as Lapps or Laplanders are an indigenous Finno-Ugric People inhabiting the
Artic area of Sapmi which today encompasses parts of Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola
Peninsula of Russia. The Yoik is a unique form of cultural expression of the Sami people. It is comparable
to the traditional chanting of the native Americans and according to some music researchers one of the
longest living traditions of Europe.

Arts in Action in Semester 2 2017 are introducing the best known yoiker in Northern Finland Ulla Pirttijarvi-Lansman with her daughter Hilda Lansman.


This is the first phase of a three year programme of collaborations between Artists from Indigenous cultures
in Norway, Sweden and Finland with indigenous culture from the West of Ireland and specifically Galway.
The Lunchtime concert will feature Ulla and Hilda with a selection of Yoiks and some beautiful traditional
music from the uilleann piper Mickey Dunne who is a descendent of the Irish Travellers and one of the
great exponents of the Traveller piping tradition. Anitra – Arkko Saukkonen from the Lapland University of
Applied Sciences will show a selection of historical art work during the performances.

In the evening at 6pm at the Moore Institute there will be a talk on: whether Art can be geographically
determined by Professor Jaana Erkkila and a talk on: Sami Art from Professor Tuija Hautala- Hirvioja,
both from the University of Lapland Finland. There will be shared singing of Yoik songs and sean nós singing
and a reception hosted by the International Affairs.

Location: The Cube    
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Third Annual Jean Ritchie Lecture

The third Annual Jean Ritchie Lecture is delivered by Professor Henry Glassie, Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, on Thursday February 2nd in The Cube, from 1 - 2 p.m.

The subject of the lecture is the Southern Mountain Music of Ola Belle Reed and the descendants of Ola Belle’s legacy from his newly published book in collaboration with Clifford R Murphy and Doughlas Dowling Peach.

‌‌‌‌Henry Glassie2Henry Glassie, recently retired College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University, has received many awards for his work, including the Chicago Folklore Prize, the Haney Prize in the Social Sciences, the Cummings Award of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, the Kniffen and Douglas awards of the Pioneer America Society, the Nigerian Studies Association Book Prize, and formal recognition for his contributions from the ministries of culture of Turkey and Bangladesh. Three of his works have been named among the notable books of the year by The New York Times.

In 2010, he was given the American Folklore Society’s award for a lifetime of scholarly achievement, and he received the prestigious Charles Homer Haskins Prize of the American Council of Learned Societies in 2011; the award honors a “scholarly career of distinctive importance,” and Glassie is the first folklorist to be so honored.

Location: The Cube    
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Caoimhín Ó Fearghail

An Déiseach Ceolmhar

Location: The Cube    
Time: February 4th, 1 - 2pm

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Arts in Action Returns

Arts in Action returns with a 'Welcome Concert' featuring the classical Pianist RAMIN HAGHJOO

Ramin Haghjoo

Our first lunchtime concert of 2016 - and we are very excited about it!

The AULA (upper), 1 - 2pm, January 21st. Admission FREE

Please join us at 1pm in the Aula Maxima for a performance by pianist Ramin Haghjoo, who will be joined by the Choral Scholars under the direction of Mark Duley.

The program will begin with four pieces for piano by the early-20th century Russian composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff. The first three pieces are firmly entrenched in death and darkness, but the final piece of the set shines a ray of hope, which will be picked up by the Choral Scholars, who will sing two angelic psalm settings by Mendelssohn and Schubert. The program will close with Vallée d'Obermann by the 19th-century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, a lengthy piece based on the novel of the same name, which strives to depict the struggle between light and darkness through our inward feelings and Nature.'

Etude-Tableau in A minor, op. 39, no. 2 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Etude-Tableau in E-flat minor, op. 39, no. 5 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Prelude in B minor, op. 32, no. 10 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Prelude in D major, op. 23, no. 4 - Sergei Rachmaninoff

Lift Thine Eyes (from Elijah) - Felix Mendelssohn
Psalm 23 - Franz Schubert

Vallée d'Obermann - Franz Liszt

Location: AULA MAXIMA (upstairs!)    
Time: 1pm -2pm

Friday, 16 June 2017

1916 in Global Context: Connections and Comparisons

The purpose of this conference is to explore the significance of Ireland’s Easter Rising and other revolutionary events in the year 1916 in the context of growing challenges to the global imperial system. Our aim is to test the hypothesis that the Irish revolutionary generation was embedded in a range of global transnational networks and that the Rising itself has parallels with other revolutionary events around the world in 1916. The Easter Rising took place during a period of global revolutionary transformations that are often overshadowed by the 1917 Russian Revolution. These include the Mexican Revolution, the Arab Revolt, the Basmachi Revolt, as well as street protests and food riots in European cities.


The following scholars have already committed to giving papers on their fields of expertise: Nicola Miller (Latin America); Jonathan Hyslop (South Africa); Padraic Kenney (Poland); Heike Liebau (Germany); Fatemeh Masjedi (Persia); Filipe de Meneses (Portuguese Empire); Andrew Newby (Finland); Michael Provence (Arab world); Danielle Ross (Central Asia); Vanda Wilcox (Italy).


The conference is an initiative of the CITE – the Centre for the Investigation of Transnational Encounters at NUI Galway and forms part of the NUI Galway’s ‘A Nation Rising’ year-long programme of events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916 . 


Support from the Irish Research Council for this conference is acknowledged.

Location: Moore Institute, NUI Galway    
Time: Thursday, 16 June - Friday, 17 June 2016

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Cumadóiri Ceoil

As Arts in Action draws to a close tomorrow at the Aula Maxima (upstairs!) I would like to invite you - and even try to persuade you - to take 45 minutes on your lunch hour to come and hear the world class musician NEIL MARTIN from Belfast give a short concert. It will lift the spirit and calm the busy minds.

It has been an excellent semester showcasing the best of Northern Irish arts and artists enriching the many academic modules that benefited from the content and the performances from all of the artists

The music that Neil and Rod will perform will draw largely on Neil’s compositions that show something of his work across various genres – from adaptations of his chamber and orchestral scores, to airs and tunes very-much based within the Irish traditional style.

Belfast-born Neil Martin is a composer and musician with an international reputation who enjoys a most varied and rewarding career encompassing dance, theatre, film, television, radio, symphonic concert hall, stage and studio. A cellist and an uilleann piper, he has collaborated with many leading artists, including Liam O’Flynn, Bryn Terfel, Jean Butler, Sam Shepard, Stephen Rea, LSO, RPO, all the principle orchestras in Ireland, Christy Moore, The Dubliners, The Chieftains, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Altan, Shaun Davey, Mary Black and Donal Lunny. In his roles as producer, arranger and musician Neil has contributed to more than a hundred albums and performance venues range from Carnegie Hall to Mostar Bridge, from the Royal Albert Hall to the Palazzo Vecchio. He has scored music for plays on Broadway and in the West End, and his ground-breaking work with the West Ocean String Quartet has been lauded globally.

Location: The Aula, NUIG    
Time: 1pm - lunchtime concert

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A Winter's Tale

Please join us for a performance of Shakespeare's The Winter’s Tale as adapted and performed by NUI Galway’s 3rd Year Drama, Theatre and Performance students. 

It runs in the Mick Lally Theatre, Druid’s performance space, for three nights: Tuesday, 24 November – Thursday, 26 November. The starting time is 8pm and it will run for a little under an hour. Admission is free and tickets can be had either by emailing –  or on the door. 

Location: Mick Lally Theatre, Druid, Flood Street, Galway    
Time: Tuesday, 24 November – Thursday, 26 November 8 p.m.

Friday, 13 November 2015


The annual festival of visual arts, TULCA, runs this year from November 13th to November 29th. NUI Galway plays host to a number of events and a number of staff members from NUI Galway are taking part in the festival. This year’s festival, entitled Seachange, explores issues of climate change and our place in a changing landscape. Through a combination of the real and the imaginary, the exhibiting artists create a collective call for a sea change, literally, in our current climate policies. 

Accompanying the visual art exhibitions and film screenings is a series of talks and discussions entitled Hy-Brasil Dialogues. These talks will be held in the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway on Saturday November 14th and Saturday November 28th, running from 12 noon to 5pm. Geographers, geologists, marine researchers, architects, linguists and artists will explore the complexity of our current environment, both locally and globally and from the perspective of geological time, present-time and future projections. 

Location: Various    
Time: November 13th to November 29th