Wednesday, 29 February 2012

A Tribute to Wislawa Szymborska

ArtPolonia invites you to a free evening in celebration of the Polish Nobel-prize-winning poetess Wislawa Szymborska, who died on 2nd February this year, with a screening of a documentary and bilingual poetry readings by prominent Irish poetesses. The event is on Friday 9th March at 7pm in the LIR Theatre, Pearse Street, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2 (*NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE & DAY FROM FIRST ADVERTISED). RSVP by 7th of March at the latest, at

The Nobel award committee's 1996 citation called Szymborska the "Mozart of poetry," a woman who mixed the elegance of language with "the fury of Beethoven" and tackled serious subjects with humor. Don't miss this special chance to become closer acquainted with a giant of Polish culture.
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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Russia and the Renaissance: History, Artistic Tradition, and Cultural Identity

Talk by Dr Anatole Tchikine, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin / The International Studies Institute, Florence

Date: Saturday, 25 February 2012,
Venue: National Gallery of Ireland, Lecture Theatre
Time: 1 p.m.

Russia did not have the Renaissance, but did it need to? Both the country’s fifteenth-century ruling elite and some later historians seemed to think that it did. This lecture explores the adaptation of Renaissance ideas and forms in Russian art and architecture of the 15th and 16th centuries, stressing their role as a means of dynastic and political propaganda. By contrast with this eclectic and superficial style, the works of Andrei Rublev and his contemporaries appear to be the products of a native artistic tradition, stifled by the growth of Western influences and the increasing secularisation of art. 

All welcome-free admission.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Dublin Festival of Russian Culture


The Dublin Festival of Russian Culture returns 20th - 24th February 2012 with a packed programme!

Trinity events:

Tuesday 21st February
10.00  "A year in Russia: An Irish Student's perspective" TCD Undergraduate talk followed by What do we know about Russia? Secondary School's Transition Year Quiz at The Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. With thanks to Jaffo, the National Aquatic Centre & Viking Splash Tours for sponsored prizes and goodie bags.
18:30 - 20.00   Literary Reading in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. The theme 'What unites us' will take listeners on a bilingual tour of Russian and Irish literature from classics of the 19th century through the lyrical, symbolical and experimental writings of the 20th century and modern era. Featuring Irish and Russian native speaker readers from the Russian department and beyond, with musical performances and a wine reception. Come one, come all!

Wednesday 22nd February
19.00 Discussion: Contemporary Russia: Political, Economic, Commercial and Social Aspects in the Arts Block of Trinity College Dublin, room 2041: SL

Thursday 23rd February
18:30 - 20.00 Public Lecture on Russian Culture in the Arts Building, room 5039, Trinity College Dublin. The department's own Connie Opitz presents a flavoursome tour of Russian food and festivities. All welcome.

Don't forget to check out the full programme for more gallery events, talks, film screenings, family days and literary readings...