This September, Other Voices, Ireland’s internationally acclaimed festival and live music television programme will come together with the U.S. Embassy Dublin for ‘Other Voices: Dignity – Towards a More Equitable Future’ – a special evening of songs and stories live streamed from the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, Dublin on 15th September.
Building on the success of last year’s ‘Other Voices: Dignity – A Celebration of Bob Dylan’, this year’s edition will showcase the very best of American and Irish talent with a diverse programme which aims to promote diversity, inclusion, and equality.
Hosted by Conversations With Friends star Loah, this year’s ‘Dignity’ will feature an exclusive performance from Grammy-Winning folk duo Francesco Turrisi and Rhiannon Giddens.
As one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and well respected musicians, North Carolina born Rhiannon Giddens was recently named as the new Artistic Director of YoYo Ma’s celebrated Silkroad project and together with her musical partner Francesco Turrisi will provide a musical bridge and cultural link between Ireland and the United States on the night.
The line up will also feature some of Ireland’s must beloved artists including Mick Flannery, Róisín O, Soda Blonde’s Faye O’Rourke and world renowned fiddle player Martin Hayes as well acclaimed American singer-songwriter Jeffrey Martin who will all raise their voices in honour of the U.S Embassy’s new ambassador to Ireland, Claire Cronin.
“The Biden Administration is committed to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA). With this event we aim to highlight and celebrate the work that the Embassy, the Irish Government and our partners are doing to advance DEIA throughout Irish society. These ideals have long underpinned the strong relationship between both countries.“ Ambassador Claire Cronin
Inspired by the shared cultural identity and history which bonds to the two places, these live performances will bookend a full day of events hosted by the U.S. Embassy and curated by Rethink Ireland celebrating DEIA in the civil society and business sectors. The event will bring together key stakeholders, leaders and social justice advocates with the aim of strengthening the equality landscape in Ireland, whilst also recognising ongoing inequalities in our society, current barriers to inclusion, and steps towards a more equitable Ireland.
Other Voices: Dignity will be streamed to the world from the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, at 7.30pm on Thursday 15th September. Audiences can watch the performances for free from anywhere in the world on Other Voices’ YouTube and other social platforms.
“We are delighted to accept Ambassador Cronin’s invitation to bring Other Voices back to Deerfield and to partner with Rethink Ireland for this event. It’s all the more exciting as we will now have a live audience enjoying great music and conversation in this beautiful house while also streaming the whole evening live as it happens to audiences across the world.” Philip King, Other Voices Founder.
Other Voices, Dignity: Towards a More Equitable Future is supported the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Tourism Ireland, PwC, Coca Cola and Ardagh Group.
Further details and streaming information are available here.
Photo: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi at Other Voices 2020 by Rich Gilligan