On Sunday, July 29, for the first time in New York City, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors will present a day long, multifaceted festival of Irish culture. “Our Land” will celebrate the artistic, literary and musical heritage of Ireland, the mark it made on America and the continuing cross-cultural ties that bind the two countries.

“It’s well established what the Irish American contribution is to this country and indeed other cultures,” says OurLand curator and all-around rock star Joe Hurley. “ This festival celebrates that.”

To bring that point home, OurLand will need all-day (2-10 p.m.) to cover those marks the Irish made with representatives from pop, rock, punk, folk, theater, film, literature and more.

OurLand takes place at multiple spaces on the Lincoln Center campus, culminating in Damrosch Park with the All Star Irish Rock Revue. Learn more

“Your land, my land, OurLand, Thailand, no borders. Ireland. Just a free-flowing celebration of all the arts, the beauties borne of Ireland,” Hurley says.

“There is this huge Celtic movement in Louisiana, and it was an Irish fiddler who injected our culture there, creating Celtic-Cajun music. Appalachian folk and bluegrass inspired country music and Irish melodies are woven into that aspect of American music culture. They say ‘many hands have touched the artist’s brush’ and a lot of those hands are Irish!”

The day will start with “Gathering the Bards: From Galway to Rockaway” at Hearst Plaza that will spotlight the art of storytelling with original works and classics, Irish-American culture in verse and song.

The performers include Oscar winning director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), Malachy McCourt, Alfie McCourt, actors Cara Seymour (Gangs of New York), Angelica Page (Sixth Sense), Geraldine Hughes (Belfast Blues), Agent 99 Barbara Feldon from Get Smart, and many others

Read more: www.irishcentral.com 

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