Inua Ellams will bring cultural getaways to Dublin as part of 05Fest

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In July, Inua Ellams, Fuel and The Abbey Theater present 05Fest – a festival that puts poetry center stage and unites distinct strands of Ellams’ work across different styles and venues. The program of events is presented below.

Writing as an art form has the ability to change perspective. A line of poetry or even punctuation can change meaning and understanding. Artist Inua Ellams will showcase the power of words when he visits Dublin this summer to curate and host a series of exciting cultural events at the Abbey and across the city.

It won’t be Inua’s first time in Dublin. Born to a Muslim father and Christian mother in what is now believed by many to be Boko Haram territory, award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in 1996 at the age of 12. years, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London. and start working as a writer and graphic designer. While in Dublin, Inua experienced both prejudice and friendship and described it as a time when the seeds were sown for his poetry. Some of this story was documented in his Edinburgh Fringe First Award-winning autobiographical play The 14th Tale.

Inua Ellams said: “Everything I am as an artist was seeded in Dublin, far away in Tallaght. My teachers at Firhouse Community College taught me the power of language and its ability to bring relief, community and escape to those in need – and we all are, always in need. It’s such an honor to bring 05Fest here, to share, build and grow with Dublin’s best artists and writers, and to offer our creations to the people of this city, the city taught me and brought me to myself.”

“It’s very exciting for the Abbey,” said Caitríona McLaughlin, artistic director of the Abbey Theatre. “Inua and 05Fest don’t just come to the Abbey, they come to use the city of Dublin as a backdrop for a new form of performance and theatre. Theater that brings new voices and perspectives and new energy.”

Kate McGrath, director of Fuel, said: “Sharing Inua’s work in Dublin in this way is very special. His teenage years in the city shaped who he is as a writer, and now he returns to collaborate with local artists in the city where It’s also great for Fuel to be back in Dublin – we’ve loved showcasing our work in the city over the years, and having collaborated with on a virtual tour during lockdown, it’s It’s great to come and meet the public live at the Abbey.”

The Midnight Race – July 1

The Midnight Run is a nocturnal cultural, arts-filled journey through urban spaces. Having taken place in over 40 cities in seven countries, it is now heading to Dublin. Dublin will become a magical backdrop and a safe space for conversation. The Midnight Run takes its participants on an adventure to celebrate the nightlife of a familiar city and brings participants and local artists together to explore, play and create, while the city sleeps. Three local artists will accompany Inua. Come ready to play, explore and meet new people. Creative pursuits previously included poetry, painting, movement and more. The first artist announced as part of The Midnight Run is Michelle Browne. Michelle is a visual artist and curator based in Dublin. Other artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

An Evening with an Immigrant – July 3

An Evening with an Immigrant is an autobiographical monologue made up of poems linked together by anecdotes and stories that Inua tells directly to the audience. The show is accompanied by an original soundtrack organized by DJ Sid Mercutio. The production won critical acclaim and audience praise for making visible the personal experiences of those struggling against the government’s hostile immigration policies, Inua’s captivating stage presence, and rich poetic language. Filled with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua tells his fantastic, sometimes ridiculous and poignant story of an immigrant fleeing fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theater and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all when they have no country to belong to or place to call home.

Poetry + Film / Hack – July 5

Poetry + Film/Hack presents the two art forms in collaboration, adding live poetry readings to the wonderful film viewing experience. We choose films that resonate socially, politically or culturally and by including poetry in their presentation, broaden, deepen or highlight their themes. The film chosen for this event is The Butcher Boy (1997) based on Patrick McCabe’s 1992 novel of the same name.

Reel Mix – July 6-7

Five directors. Five movies. Five points of view. A story.
How different can movies be when their storylines are the same?
Conceived by award-winning writer Inua Ellams, who will pen the script, Reel Mix shows how words and meanings can change direction. The films, directed by five of Ireland’s top directors, will be screened consecutively in front of a live audience with the cast and crew invited to discuss their artistic interpretations.

RAP evening – July 8

What could the eloquent voices of contemporary poetry and spoken word movements say about the past, present and future of hip-hop? Come relax and experience Inua Ellams’ Rhythm and Poetry Party, a nostalgic, clutter-free, hassle-free evening of hip-hop inspired poems and favorite hip-hop songs. The format is super simple, 10 poets share a poem, and after each, the DJ will play two songs of the poet’s choice related to the poem. Poets performing on the night include: Ciara Ní E, Meg Mulchahy, Adam Mohamed, Jim Crickard and Inua Ellams. Other poets and a DJ will be announced in the coming weeks.

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