On Wednesday, November 8th, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D. launched the third edition of the Ireland’s Edge conference, which takes place in Dingle, Co. Kerry on December 1st and 2nd.
Minister Humphreys joined Ireland’s Edge and Other Voices founder Philip King and Eamonn Sinnott, Vice President and General Manager of Intel, who are lead sponsors of the conference, to announce details of Ireland’s Edge 2017: Migration Nation. The two-day event will explore Ireland’s relationship with its diaspora through the lenses of culture and creativity, and in the context of a rapidly changing political and societal world climate.
At this year’s Ireland’s Edge event Intel’s Josh Walden, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Technology Group, will deliver a keynote address. Other speakers at the event include Ciaran Cannon, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development; Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland; John Gerrard, internationally acclaimed Irish artist; Emer Reynolds, Emmy nominated, multi-award winning documentary director and feature film editor; Emmet Connolly, Director of Product Design at Intercom; Frances Coppola, Forbes contributor and author of finance & economics blog, the Coppola Comment; Dr. Christopher Kissane, Historian, journalist and writer on migration, and a former lecturer in Economic History at London School of Economics & Political Science; Mick Moloney, author of Far From the Shamrock Shore: The Story of Irish American History Through Song, and teacher on NYU’s Irish Studies programme; Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Innovation Incubation and Site Lead for Research Impact at Nokia Bell Labs; Dr. Genevieve Bell, Anthropologist, technologist and futurist. Professor and Director of the 3A Institute at the Australian National University and Senior Fellow at Intel.
Also making the trip to Dingle will be John Mulholland, Editor of The Observer; Writer Elizabeth Reapy, winner of Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and The Rooney Prize for Irish Fiction in 2017; Dr. Nora Ní Loideain, Lecturer in Law and Director of the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies; Piarás Mac Éinrí, Lecturer in Geography and European Studies at the Department of Geography in University College Cork; Maurice O’Brien, Irish documentary director and producer; Michelle Mulcahy; acclaimed musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Julie Byrne, Executive Director of Nokia Bell Labs Ireland; Marcin Piotrowski, Co Clare based broadcaster, sociologist and 2016’s Polish Person of the year for building bridges between Polish and Irish communities; Julian Coman, associate editor of the Observer and was previously Home News Editor at The Independent and Washington Correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph; Angie Gough, founder of the East London Artskickers Awards; Sr. Lena Deevy, former Executive Director of the Irish International Immigrant Center Boston, now working with migrant communities in Ireland; Zainab Boladale, Co-Presenter of RTÉ’s news2day and the first Nigerian woman to work in the RTÉ newsroom.
Launching Ireland’s Edge 2017, Minister Humphreys said,“It gives me great pleasure to launch the Ireland’s Edge 2017 conference, which will this year explore Ireland’s relationship with the diaspora through the lenses of culture and creativity. Irish artists, designers, thinkers and engineers have always been close to the edge of where new things happen, so it is fitting that the conference will focus on our country’s powerful tradition of invention and innovation in the context of a changing world. As Minister for Culture, I am delighted to be in a position to support eir Other Voices. The festival encapsulates the spirit of Pillar 5 of my Department’s Creative Ireland programme, which focuses on unifying Ireland’s global reputation.”
Intel Ireland have been a close supporter of the Ireland’s Edge event since it first began in 2015. Eamonn Sinnott, General Manager of Intel Ireland and Vice President of Intel’s Technology Manufacturing Group also spoke at the launch of the 2017 event and added, “in this fast paced and changing world, increasingly Ireland needs to understand, respect and nourish its competitive edge. Ireland’s Edge provides a unique space for a diverse group of people from arts, humanities, technology and business to share ideas, highlight problems and unlock solutions as part of a growing national conversation around the importance of integrating our economic, citizenship and cultural policies.”
Responding to the announcement of Ireland’s Edge 2017, Ciaran Cannon, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development, said,“As Minister for the Diaspora I am delighted to support Ireland’s Edge. The links between culture, innovation and the global Irish are already strong and vital, and Ireland’s Edge is a unique opportunity to have varied voices consider important issues about Ireland’s diaspora worldwide, and our future engagement with them, from different and new perspectives.”
Also speaking at the launch was Ireland’s Edge Co-Founder, Philip King said “At Ireland’s Edge we ask how can a strong and dynamic Irish culture and art give us an EDGE? How can our creative capital be better recognised and developed? How can a diverse and diffuse community of artists and creatives engage, and be engaged, at a time when creativity, imagination, empathy and design are becoming more central to shaping and driving growth, and building and nurturing healthy, resilient organisations, regions and society? How should we nurture this with concrete actions and policy? What needs to happen to position Ireland as an attractive, enriching option not only for our own society and diaspora but also for the broader community of global creatives? How can we better leverage this to better compete and embed Ireland’s reputation globally.”
Syf Khan a virtuoso bazouki and oud player originally from Syria, perfomed at the Ireland’s Edge launch along with the celebrated Irish musicians Cormac Begley and Libby McCrohan. Khan recently arrived to Ireland with his wife and daughter. Initially based in Mosney Accommodation Centre, they are now living in Carrick-on-Shannon, where he began collaborating musically with Cormac Begley and Libby McCrohan.
About the event
Ireland’s Edge 2017: Migration Nation will be a platform for debate, discussion and ideas, exploring the role of the Irish diaspora, what it means to be Irish abroad, and how we might harness this immense resource, a collective knowledge and experience that is widely dispersed throughout the world. By engaging with the Irish abroad, improving Ireland’s analysis and understanding of the Irish diaspora, tackling practical issues and harnessing new thinking, Ireland’s Edge aims to contribute to the positioning of Ireland, particularly rural Ireland, as a viable, dynamic location and environment for leading developments in creative technology industries.
Ireland’s Edge brings together high-level influencers and thinkers from a range of sectors including members of the diaspora community, FDI companies, artists, academics, commentators and policy makers. The environment is intellectually and culturally stimulating, provocative and centred on ideas that can help Ireland do better.
A limited amount of tickets for Ireland’s Edge 2017: Migration Nation are available to the public via Eventbrite. The conference will be held at the Dingle Skellig Hotel in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland, on December 1st and 2nd 2017. The conference will also be live streamed through Facebook at www.facebook.com/IrelandsEdgeHQ.
Ireland’s Edge is run in partnership with sponsors Intel and with the support of Nokia Bell Labs, Microsoft, IDA Ireland, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and The Department of Culture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht.
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