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Irish Day - Brightly Smile and Sweetly Sing
Touring Blue Mountains, Sydney, Mudgee, Bathurst, Newcastl May-July 2014      Download PDF
Irish Poet Charles Wolfe’s words ‘Brightly Smile and Sweetly Sing’ epitomize the perseverance of the Irish culture as storytellers, artists and optimists despite historical hardship and oppression.  This programme of rare films, living culture and unknown tales never before screened in Australia covers the fascinating history, culture and poetry of Ireland. The programme includes the extraordinary unknown story of African American slave Frederick Douglass and his escape to Ireland in 1844 that fortified his spirit in his fight to end slavery.  Presented by guest speaker American actor Don Battee (The Sapphires, The Matrix, X-Men Wolverine).  Other films include the remarkable work of The Book of Kells from the Middle Ages as well as a portrait of contemporary poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill who writes her haunting and other-worldly poems in Irish.  There will be short but informative background talks into Irish history and culture.  This is a unique programme showing as a once only Special Event in the Blue Mountains with afternoon tea provided and open to all ages.
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Premieres Sunday 11th May - 1pm-4.30pm
(Blue Mountains)

Lawson Hall (Mechanics' Institute)
284 Great Western Hwy, Lawson  2783
Tickets  $25  Book by Phone 0466 391 146 or
book via internet with community booking service 

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Presented with the Assistance of the Irish Film Institute,
IFI International/Irish Film Institute, Arts Council and Culture Ireland

Irish Film Institute