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IRELAND 100: Celebrating the Past to Awaken the Future

IRELAND 100: Celebrating the Past to Awaken the Future

Sunday, May 29, 2016 6:00 PM

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

On the late President Kennedy's 99th birthday, performances from artists across genres culminate with luminaries and young artists unveiling a special installation created by the Kennedy Center for the centennial celebration of its namesake. Guest speakers include astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, JFK's grandson Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, and many more--and the event will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

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IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
Celebrating the Past to Awaken the Future

Come celebrate with us Memorial Day Weekend--
John F. Kennedy's grandson Jack Kennedy Schlossberg will speak!

Free, no tickets required
Watch the livestream here the day of the event.

For centuries, America has shaped and continues to shape its culture every day, through every generation--in dance, music, theater, literature, visual arts, science, and technology. May 29, President Kennedy's birthday, will be more than a celebration of the past. It will not only remind us of the lived experience from all different segments of American society that strengthened our culture; it will also, through intergenerational participation, enlighten the future of the next generation of artists.
The program will include the following accomplished and emerging artists, innovators, and civic leaders: composer and pianist Jason Moran; multimedia artist Laurie Anderson; choreographer Debbie Allen and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy Ensemble featuring Vivian Nichole Nixon, Kris Nobles, and Perris McCracken, and Redbirds featuring Jaylyn Flowers, Sydney Guine, Destiny Wimpye, Hanna Dessie, Kendall Dennis, Alijah Haggins, Peyton Lee, Olivia Wymnbs, Camora McGee, and Ava Bokleberg; composer and oud player Hadi Eldebek with percussionist Mohamad Eldebek; jazz pianist José André Montaño; the Sphinx Quartet comprised of Brendon Elliott, Hannah White, Mira Williams, and Sterling Elliott; and the Children's Chorus of Washington.
Guest speakers will include Dr. Buzz Aldrin, astronaut; Dr. Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director of the Peace Corps; Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, John F. Kennedy's grandson; Maria Keller, creator of Read Indeed, an organization dedicated to collecting and distributing books to children in need; H.E. Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States; Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter; and Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. The evening will conclude with the unveiling of a special Water Garden installation created for the Center's Centennial Celebration of President Kennedy by ATOPIA Innovation.  

This is a FREE Millennium Stage event.

Event Timing: Approximately 90 minutes.

Watch and Listen

IRELAND 100 Festival Trailer

IRELAND 100: Celebrating the Past to Awaken the Future