Today, we are thrilled to announce six new events added to our 21-week spring season showcasing the best of Irish arts and culture.

Due to high demand we're now presenting four evenings with   Ireland's High Queen, National Treasure, Performance Giant and Accidental Activist Panti in her smash hit comedy show, High Heels in Low Places. June 12-13th performances are already sold-out so be sure to book early for the new shows on June 9-10th.

Highlights in new literature programming include an evening with the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright in conversation with Irish theater critic and scholar Fintan O'Toole on May 12th; a second Debut Voices evening this season with Mary Costello, showcasing her compelling debut novel Academy Street on May 6th; and as part of Pen, Paper and Palate the legendary talk show host, New York Times columnist and raconteur Dick Cavett will be joined in conversation with BBC host and Booker Prize judge  Frank Delaney on June 2nd.

And in music County Down's singer, songwriter and social activist Tommy Sands joins us for a special concert on May 30th, and we celebrate Brittany week in New York City with a Celtic Breton concert featuring musicians from the Breizh Amerika Collective and a Breton Wine Tasting on May 13th.

We also offer New York's most comprehensive assortment of classes in Irish arts and culture, with over 40 classes taught by experienced instructors in language, music, dance, and literature. Each class offers the opportunity for students of all backgrounds and ages to delve deeper into the rich culture of Irish arts. Our spring 2015 term starts the week of April 13th, and features three brand new classes: Creative Writing with Irish novelist Yvonne CassidyIrish Language TV and Film, and Introduction to Irish Singing with Carrie Erving (last seen this season at SongLives). Also, Introduction to the Irish Short Story with Irish writer Andrew Fox is running for the second time after a very successful winter term, and Bodhrán III will be running with a new teacher, TJ Keevins!

And don't forget you can celebrate Irish Heritage and Culture with the New York City Council this Thursday, March 26th. More details are below.

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IAC | Literature & Humanities

Irish Arts Center and Farrar, Straus and Giroux presents
in association with Stinging Fly

Wednesday, May 6 | 7:30 pm

Join us as Mary Costello reads from her compelling debut novel Academy Street--a vibrant, intimate, hypnotic portrait of one woman's life, from an important new writer.

IAC | Literature & Humanities


Moderated by Irish theater critic and scholar Fintan O'Toole

Tuesday, May 12 | 7:30 pm

For one evening only one of the most significant writers today, Anne Enright, the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction and the internationally acclaimed, Booker Prize-winning author joins the Irish Arts Center to read from her newest book The Green Road--a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion-a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them.

IAC | Music


Breizh Amerika Collective Concert
with Breton Wine Tasting

Presented in association with Breizh Amerika

Featuring Armel an Hejer (singer), Alain Le Clere (singer), Thomas Moisson (accordion), and Gaetan Grandjean (bouzouki)

Wednesday, May 13 | 7 pm

An unforgettable festive evening of Celtic Breton music, featuring a wine tasting from Château de la Jousselinière in Brittany, France.

IAC | Music

Ballad of a Songman

Saturday, May 30 | 8 pm

Folk singer, song writer, radio broadcaster, and political activist Tommy Sands will perform a highly entertaining and deeply profound evening of song, music, poetry, prose, pictures, and humor. Drawn from his acclaimed memoir, The Songman, the performance portrays the Northern Ireland where he grew up, and where he still lives, writes and performs. 

IAC | Literature & Humanities


As part of Pen, Paper and Palate 
Presented in association with 
Ruda Beresford Dauphin 

Moderated by BBC host and Booker Prize judge Frank Delaney

Tuesday, June 2 | 7:30 pm

The legendary talk show host, New York Times columnist and raconteur Dick Cavett joins Irish Arts Center to read from and discuss his new book, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks. In it, Cavett shares his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons and the absurdities of everyday life. He offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all.

IAC | Comedy

in High Heels in Low Places

Presented by Irish Arts Center and THISISPOPBABY

June 9-10 | 7.30 pm 
June 12-13 | 8 pm | SOLD-OUT

Join Ireland's High Queen, National Treasure, Performance Giant and Accidental Activist Panti in her smash hit comedy show, High Heels in Low Places

High Heels in Low Places is her riotous stand-up show about life after "Pantigate," which played to rave reviews and chock-a-block houses across Ireland. Critics called it "Hilarious" ( Hotpress) and "a wickedly funny evening" (Irish Independent) with "impeccable one-liners" ( The Evening Herald).
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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; and generous individual donors and foundations.