The full Ireland's Edge line up has been revealed for Other Voices Dingle
November 16, 2022
Two days of Ideas, Discussion and Performance at Ireland's Edge this December as part of Other Voices Dingle 🌙 🐬
We are delighted to share the programme for Ireland’s Edge - The Good Life / Slí Bheatha!
Taking place in the Skellig Hotel, Dingle from 2nd - 3rd December as part of Other Voices 2022, this year's programme brings together leading voices across a range of disciplines for a series of compelling discussions and performances.
These topical and thought-provoking conversations at the most westerly tip of Europe will look at how change has been and is being wrought in society, politics, the economy, culture, technology and the environment through collective and individual action.
Friday 2 December
Kicking off at 1.30pm on Friday's programme will bring together chef and food writer, Cúán Greene, traditional dancer and cultural activist, Edwina Guckian and food and farming journalist and reporter, Ella McSweeney to discuss sustainability and equity in the food and agriculture sectors and across wider culture.
There will then be a very special performance by acclaimed concertina player Cormac Begley and award winning Sean Nós dancer Edwina Guckian.
Later on in the day documentary filmmakers Frankie Fenton and Kathryn Kenned joined by biomedical scientist Iida Rusihalme discuss the increasing debate on nuclear power as a means of de-carbonisation as documented in their recent film Atomic Hope: Inside The Pro Nuclear Movement.
From 4pm MuireannKelliher will be joined by UCC Active Citizen Scholar, FidaaMarouf, Dublin Cycling Campaigner KevinBaker and farmer DinnyGalvin who will share their unique stories of bringing forth novel proposals and solutions how the contribution of initiatives like theirs can be considered and incorporated in solving problems and delivering on opportunity at local, regional and national levels.
The final discussion on Friday will see Shon Faye, Best-Selling Author of The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice, join Chris Kissane in conversation to discuss how we can respond to the rights and equality of trans people sadly being made an 'issue' in increasingly toxic public debate.
There will be a closing performance from The Mystery Big Time Band: A mystery musical line-up of some familiar faces will come together for one night only at Ireland’s Edge for a special performance of some cherished classics to see us off into the evening and into the mystic.
Saturday 3 December
From 11am on Saturday morning, multi-award winning political journalist Sally Hayden will join Ireland's Edge's Chris Kissane to consider Europe's moral responsibilities in a time of refugee crises and mass migration.
Leo Clancy, CEO with Enterprise Ireland will sit down with MuireannKelliher from 11.40am to share his perspectives on recent year momentum in Irish export performance and reflects on what it will take for Ireland to play catch-up to finally deliver, at pace and scale, on the hitherto unachieved promise of a sustainable indigenous export-led wealth creation and employment proposition.
Later local Farmers DinnyGalvin and TommyReidy with artist LisaFingleton will explore the real experience of dealing with climate change from an Irish farmers perspective. Alongside journalist Ella McSweeney they will talk about the challenges facing farmers and also the solutions they would like to see in relation to climate action.
After lunch, Author, Broadcaster and Commentator JohnKampfner will be in conversation with Ireland’s Edge Co-Founder MuireannKelliher to share insights from almost three decades of analysing and commentating on global economic, political and cultural affairs. With a unique vantage point in his most recent position as Executive Director of the UK in the World project at Chatham House, John outlines the drivers, directions and the unknowns of the fundamental change now underway.
At 2.05 critically acclaimed performer, composer and curator OleysaZdorovetska and LarysaSamonsonok, Former Vice Rector, Donetsk National University of Economics join Muireann Kelliher to share what it is like to experience war in their homeland from here, what they expect 023 to bring and what should understand about global political realities from the Ukrainian experience.
We will then be treated to a live performance from Oleysa Zdorovetska.
From 2.45 Jake Harper, CEO of creative technology lab SOOT shows us what jungles and indigestion can teach us about the future of the computer. For its design, they took inspiration from outside the world of technology to high-bandwidth user interfaces that look nothing like the GUI. One is an exterior world - a rainforest. The second is located in an interior world, the human body. Specifically, a body that is feeling a little bit of indigestion.
The penultimate discussion of the day sees artists AideenBarry join ChristopherKissane to look at what art can offer us when culture, ecology, and humanity face extinction.. In an age of pandemic, war, and environmental crisis, Aideen Barry's 'Oblivion/Seachmalltacht' uses technology and tradition to explore our responses to existential threats through Irish harp music, Inuit throat-singing, and apocalyptic visuals.
To close the discussions are Ireland's Edge, Sunday Times political correspondent, AoifeMoore, and bestselling writer and journalist, SéamasO’Reilly don their Derry jerseys and take a look back on a tumultuous 2022 - the good, the bad, the bizarre and the lettuce.
And to play us off into the evening we will have a very special performance from virtuoso violinist and fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain from 4.20pm.
If you are planning to attend Other Voices in Dingle this year, we hope to see you at Ireland’s Edge for some songs, stories and ideas for the head and heart from this extraordinary line up. Please note a Dingle Gin Music Trail Wristband does not give you access to the Ireland's Edge discussions and performances.
Early Bird weekend tickets are now sold out but a limited amount of general release day and weekend tickets are still available on Eventbrite.
Ireland's Edge contributors:
John Kamphner, Author, Broadcaster, Commentator, Executive Director, UK in the World project, Chatham House
John Kampfner is an award-winning author, broadcaster, commentator. In March 2022, he joined Chatham House as Executive Director, UK in the World project.
Sally Hayden, Journalist and Writer, Winner of the 2022 Orwell Prize for Political Writing
Sally Hayden is a journalist and the author of 'My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World's Deadliest Migration Route', which was published in March 2022 and won this year's Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Michel Déon Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and longlisted for the Moore Prize for Human Rights Writing. Sally has reported across the Middle East, Europe and Africa for the past decade. She currently works as the Africa correspondent for the Irish Times, and has also worked for outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN International, Newsweek, TIME, Channel 4 News, BBC, the Guardian, VICE and RTE.
Séamas O'Reilly, Journalist and Writer
Séamas O’Reilly is a journalist from Derry who mainly writes about culture, politics and parenting. As well as weekly columns for The Observer, Tatler and The Irish Times, he's written for The New York Times, Guardian, BBC Radio 4, VICE and New Statesman. In 2021 he released his first book, a childhood memoir entitled Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?, which topped the Irish bestseller's list for seven weeks. Séamas lives in Hackney with his wife, toddler, and numerous TV subscription services.
Aoife Moore, Journalist, Political Correspondent, The Sunday Times
Aoife Moore is political correspondent for the Sunday Times Ireland and Irish Journalist of the Year 2021. Born in Derry city during the peace process, she has dedicated much of her career focusing on social justice and women’s issues as well as commentary on the Northern Ireland peace process. She has won awards for her coverage of riots in her home town as well as investigations into Direct Provision, the Mother and Baby Homes and uncovering the Golfgate scandal. She is currently writing a book about modern Sinn Fein.
Frankie Fenton, Writer / Director
Frankie is an award winning Irish Director/Producer. He worked primarily in London’s post production sector before returning home to Ireland to begin a career in production. He regularly participates in pitching, financing and lecturing in many forums internationally. He is also the company director of Kennedy Films Ltd. Recent directing credits include the multi award winning and theatrically released feature documentary "It's Not Yet Dark". The film has been screened in over 50 countries. His next feature documentary “Atomic Hope – Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement” had its world premiere at Hot Docs Film Festival 2022. It follows over a ten-year period environmental activists and scientists who strongly believe nuclear power is the key to solving both our energy and climate crisis. It will be released in cinemas in January 2023.
Kathryn Kennedy, Kennedy Films
Kathryn Kennedy is a multi- award winning creative Irish Producer of fiction and documentary feature films. She is CEO of Kennedy Films, and a member of ACE (Ateliers du Cinema Européen). Kennedy’s first feature documentary It’s Not Yet Dark, directed by Frankie Fenton and narrated by Colin Farrell, is based on the best-selling book of the same name written by Simon Fitzmaurice. It won Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the Galway Film Fleadh, and was selected for International Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It had a highly successful festival run and successful theatrical, VOD releases in the US and internationally. Atomic Hope: Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement, is Kennedy Films’ second feature documentary, directed by Frankie Fenton, which premiered at Hot Docs 2022 and is due for theatrical release and worldwide distribution in 2023. Kennedy’s first fiction film was 8-time IFTA nominated, My Name is Emily, with writer/director Simon Fitzmaurice. The film is a world-first as the Director Simon Fitzmaurice was physically paralysed with Motor Neuron Disease (ALS), he wrote and directed the entire film solely with his eyes and Tobii eye gaze technology. Kennedy Films has a slate of fiction, documentary and TV projects in financing and development.
Iida Ruishalme, Biologist
Iida Ruishalme is a Finnish biologist specializing in biomedical research now living and working in Zurich. She features in the film Atomic Hope amongst a group of scientists advocating for nuclear power as the optimum way in which to decarbonize the environment.
Initially it was her concern for the environment and the world her children will grow up in that prompted her interest in climate change mitigation. She began to rethink her negative impressions about nuclear power and has come to believe that misconceptions about nuclear power were a major hindrance in the climate fight. At this point her environmental concerns turned into activism and she became a “Mother for Nuclear.”
Iida says “I want to be a part of the change to help people build a world where human welfare does not come at the cost of the natural world."
Leo Clancy, CEO, Enterprise Ireland
Leo Clancy is Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Ireland, the state agency that helps Irish companies to start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets.
Before being appointed as CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Leo was part of the Executive team at IDA Ireland, responsible for a number of areas including Technology and Business Services markets, IT and Marketing. In that role, Leo worked extensively with global technology and services companies invested in Ireland.
Prior to his public sector career, Leo spent 17 years in the telecommunications industry, including in a number of management, technical and engineering roles. He was part of the senior leadership team at e|net, a high-growth Irish wholesale broadband provider. He spent the early part of his career at Ericsson, working as an engineer and manager in Ireland and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa within global services on deployment of telecommunications networks.
Leo is a graduate of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology.
He grew up on a farm in County Tipperary and retains a strong fundamental understanding of the agricultural and food sector.
Cúán Greene, Chef; Writer of The Ómós Digest
Cúán is an Irish chef and author of the Ómós Digest, an exploratory newsletter surrounding food and culture. He is an alum of restaurants Noma and Geranium in Copenhagen, and the former head chef of Bastible in Dublin.
Cúán’s belief is that more can be brought by working together through the process of communication, learning, and understanding other’s crafts and inspirations. Ómós is a traveling caravan of those ideas; collaborations of food and innovations; and investigations surrounding what we eat. The word comes from the Irish language, meaning homage, duty, and respect. Ómós is an idea that Cúán has been developing since he returned from a 4-year stint cooking in Copenhagen. Drawing on his experience at restaurant Noma, Cúán’s ambition is to develop the dining experience, widening the understanding that place, space, and community plays, in equal measure.
Edwina Guckian, Dancer; Artistic Director of Leitrim Dance Project
Dancer, choreographer, film maker, farmer and community activist Edwina Guckian is firmly rooted in her home county of Leitrim. Having grown up in a family of musicians and dancers and being influenced further by the locals of Roscommon and Leitrim, her unique style of Sean Nós dancing developed from an early age. She is the artist director of Leitrim Dance Festival as well as Áirc Damhsa now in its 19th year - a culture club for children and adults to celebrate Irish culture through music, song, dance, folklore and Gaeilge. Recent work includes reviving the Mumming tradition in Leitrim through Sowing the Seed project which sees over 350 Leitrim people growing oats organically on their land and using the oats and straw sustainably. Most recently she was awarded the TG4 Gradam Comaine for her outstanding contribution to the traditional arts. Edwina is the artist in residency at St. Patrick’s Campus DCU Drumcondra for 2022/23.
Aideen Barry, Artist
Aideen Barry visual artist based in Ireland but with an international profile. Her means of expression are interchangeable, incorporating performance, sculpture, film, text and experimental lens based media, She often employs visual trickery to create a heightened suspension of reality that comments on otherness; often collaborating with artists & communities to manifest her multi-diverse socio-political works.
Jake Harper, CEO + CoFounder, SOOT
Jake Harper is an artist, designer, composer, and inventor. His work has been exhibited at museums and institutions around the world including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Tate Modern in London, among others. He is a pioneer of the field of social robotics, focusing on the realm of vehicle dynamics, sound, and light as a medium for communication between self-driving cars and humans in urban environments. He founded SOOT in 2020 to adapt graphical user interfaces used in personal computers to harness the self-organizing structures of user interfaces found in nature, particularly the soundscape ecology of rainforests.
Cormac Begley is a solo bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He also plays in a range of collaborations with Liam O Connor (fiddle), Rushad Eggleston (cello goblin), Liam Ó Maonlaí (singer and multi-instrumentalist) and Lisa O’Neil (singer songwriter). He is the founder of the Airt Residential School and the award winning Tunes in the Church live concert series in Galway and Dublin. In 2018, he was shortlisted for the RTE Radio 1 ‘Folk Instrumentalist of the Year’ and his debut solo has received nine 5-star reviews and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Album of the Year 2018.
Dr Larysa Samosonok is a Ukranian academic who was tasked with moving and rebuilding Donetsk National University of Economics after Russia initially invaded the Donbas region in 2014. She was the Vice-Rector of International Relations at the University from 2014 until 2017 before taking a leading role with the UN and EU backed NGO "Interaction - Plus", an organisation that works with civil society in Donetsk and Luhansk regions to restore social and critical infrastructure in territories under attack from Russia in Eastern Ukraine.
Shon Faye - Writer & Leading activist
Shon Faye is a writer from Bristol and one of the UK’s leading commentators on trans politics. Originally training as a solicitor before leaving the law for the arts, she has worked variously as a writer, presenter, editor, screenwriter and cabaret comedian, and in the charity sector with Amnesty International and Stonewall. Her first short film was exhibited at Tate Britain's Queer British Art exhibition throughout 2017 and in 2018 she hosted Amnesty International's Women Making History festival, held to celebrate the centenary of women's suffrage. She was an editor-at-large at Dazed, and her writing has been published by the Guardian, the Independent and Vice, among others. Her first book, The Transgender Issue, was published by Penguin Press in 2021 and was an instant Sunday Times bestseller.
The Mystery Big Time Band
A mystery musical line-up come together in the form of the Mystery Big Time Band for one night only to sing us into the evening with some old favourites and see us on our merry way.
Ireland's Edge is made possible thanks to support from its lead sponsor Intel.Ireland's Edge, Other Voices' ideas have just revealed their full line up and programme for this year's Dingle Edition.