The Hopkins Festival, now 27 years in existence, will be held this summer in Newbridge College, July 19 to 25.
The official opening of the Festival by British Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott will take place on Saturday 19 July at Permanent TSB at 3pm, when The Group Art Exhibition will also be opened. This year it will feature work by Charles Cullen, James McKenna, Benedict Byrne, Wilhelm Fockersperger and others. Music will be performed by L’Accademia di Musici, featuring Czech musicians Anthony Brychta on cello and Marianna Alaberdova on violin.
The list of lecturers includes this year’s Awardee of the coveted Gerard Manley Hopkins Award, Professor Robert Smart from New Haven, USA.Other distinguished speakers will include Hanna Rikonen (Finland); Pushpa Parekh (India); David Cappella (Connecticut); Miho Takahashi (Japan); William Adamson (Germany); Diarmuid Johnson (Wales); Patrick Samway SJ (Philadelphia) and others.
A Youth Programme for students is a unique feature of the Hopkins Conference.
This runs concurrently and has enjoyed great popularity among Leaving Cert students. It has a variety of events, workshops and talks and has proved so popular that places have to be places are limited so booking is necessary.
Special events will include a talk by Jane Chilcott, wife of the UK Ambassador and a Hopkins enthusiast; an illustrated Lecture by Brendan Staunton SJ on Hopkins and Cezanne.
There will be an all-star Traditional Irish Music Concert; an International Poetry Night featuring writers from at least 10 countries; a visit to Maynooth University and the Annual Banquet there. Other highlights will include a guided Tour led by naturalist Michael Jacob.