1st Irish Festival 2019

carrying us away to places we’ve never seen and lives we’ve never lived…
and working hard to make it a reality.“  
– President Bill Clinton on Origin’s 1st Irish Festival

The 2019 Origin 1st Irish Festival celebrates its eleventh anniversary January 9 – 28 as New York’s only month-long theatre festival exclusively devoted to presenting contemporary plays from the island of Ireland.

With fifteen events in total, the Festival takes place in a number of distinguished venues across New York City representing fifteen contemporary Irish writers and six mainstage productions originating from Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Queens and Manhattan.

Herald by The New York Times as “an important event that offers New York theatergoers the chance to see fascinating new work,” explore what the Origin 1st Irish Festival has to offer.

George C.Heslin,
Artistic Director


  • May 4 Saturday

European Month of Culture: Glimpse by Oorkaan

  • May 4, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Award winning Dutch company Oorkaan presents a series of 12 visual concerts for young audiences at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM Fisher). What do colors sound like? Who can understand the moon? What does the sun say? How many colors does a dream have? Glimpse takes audiences to an enchanting dream world where jazzy sounds and colorful…

  • May 6 Monday

European Month of Culture: PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

  • May 6, 2019 - May 12, 2019

The 2019 PEN World Voices Festival: Open Secrets presents more than 125 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities in 60+ venues all around New York City. GET TICKETS HERE VENUE: 60+ venues throughout the city

  • May 6 Monday

European Month of Culture: Reading of KOGELVIS / Pufferfish

  • 7:00 pm

In partnership with Dutch Culture USA and NYU Ireland Glucksman House A staged reading of KOGELVIS / Pufferfish, a new play written by Nick Bruckman and directed by Erwin Mass. CAST Stage Directions: Miko Khan Jeff: Christopher Domig Curtis: Tony Naumovski Rita: Fikile Kani Pufferfish explores the edges of our own loves, fears and desires through…

  • May 9 Thursday

European Month of Culture: Empire State Building lit in European Colors

  • May 9, 2019

On May 9th the Empire State Building will be lit in European Colors.

  • May 9 Thursday

European Month of Culture: Concert by Zara Larsson

  • May 9, 2019

Concert by Swedish singer Zara Larsson at Irving Plaza. MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS VENUE: Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl SUBWAY: 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R/W to Union Square  

  • May 10 Friday

European Month of Culture: Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival’s “Spring Weekend”

  • May 10, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association and The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) present A selection of European staged readings in NYC. The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) partners with the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association to create this showcase of young European playwrights. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION VENUE: Bohemian National Hall 321 East 73rd Street,…

  • May 13 Monday

European Month of Culture: Reading of Raymond Fight Beck

  • 7:00 pm

In partnership with Arts Council Malta and  Instituto Cervantes Staged Reading of Raymond Fight Beck written by Andre’ Mangion, translated by Simon Bartolo and directed by Kim Kerfoot. Raymond Fight Beck: Four roped sides. Three-minute rounds. Two men fighting – one winner. Raymond Beck would do anything for his family; or what’s left of it anyway….

  • May 14 Tuesday

European Month of Culture: Concert by Mari Kualkun

  • 7:30 pm

In partnership with Scandinavia House  and The American Scandinavian Foundation A concert by Estonian folk singer Mari Kalkun’s, sharing her unique compositions inspired by nature, Estonian poetry and folk music. She will perform an array of songs with lyrics written by Estonian poets intertwined with traditional singing (regilaul) and folklore, using the kannel, piano, accordion, guitar,…

  • May 14 Tuesday

European Month of Culture: Concert by Neneh Cherry

  • 8:00 pm

Elsewhere Brooklyn presents Groundbreaking pop songwriter Neneh Cherry bringing her headlining show to Elsewhere in support of her brooding, forward-thinking 2018 full-length ‘Broken Politics’. GET TICKETS HERE VENUE: Elsewhere (Hall) 599 Johnson Avenue Brooklyn, NY SUBWAY: L train to Jefferson St

  • May 16 Thursday

European Month of Culture: Between the Seas Festival 2019

  • May 16, 2019 - May 19, 2019

In partnership with Between the Seas and THEATERLAB NYC Between the Seas Festival 2019, a 4-day platform that showcases and celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary Mediterranean performing artists. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION GET TICKETS HERE VENUE: THEATERLAB NYC 367 W 36th St SUBWAY: A/C/E to 34th St – Penn Station