Celebrating Diversity in Irish Arts
Join us for an evening of art, dance, music, film, and conversation exploring the work and experiences of Black and mixed-race artists and performers in Ireland and the Bay Area. Presented with Irish Culture Bay Area’s Irish Arts & Writers Festival.
The evening’s program features a panel of presenters (Dr. Phil Mullen, Maia Nunes, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, and Megan Lowe) who share life experiences and will showcase their work, as well as the work of musicians Monjola and Tolü Makay. The panel will be moderated by Leon Diop, Dubliner and co-author of the award-winning book, Black & Irish: Legends, Trailblazers, and Everyday Heroes. The evening begins with an introduction by Consul General of Ireland, San Francisco, Micheál Smith.
Premium tickets include access to a 6.30pm pre-show meet-and-greet reception, offering hosted drinks and heavy appetizers.
LEON DIOP (Moderator)
Leon Diop was born in Dublin, Ireland, to an Irish mother and a Senegalese father. He grew up in a mixed ethnic and religious household, and graduated from Maynooth College with a degree in Psychology. He is co-author of the award-winning book, Black & Irish: Legends, Trailblazers, and Everyday Heroes, and RTE podcast, Black & Irish. Diop strives to help transform Ireland into a global leader in equality and inclusion.
DR. PHIL MULLEN
Associate Professor of Black Studies at Trinity College
Dr. Phil Mullen, Associate Professor of Black Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Mullen grew up in the industrial school system and went on to complete her PhD as a Government of Ireland PhD scholar. She examines the racist and racialised aspects of how Black mixed African-Irish women construct their identity.
Maia Nunes is an Irish-Trinidadian performance artist whose work weaves with voice, cloth, movement, sound, and the land to create immersive and multi-textural performance worlds in the form of films, audio-sculptural installations, and live performances. Theirs is a liberation practice; a live process of re-membering the self in dialogue with the ancestral past.
Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, born in Lagos, Nigeria, moved to Ireland at a young age. She lives in Wicklow, Ireland, and works as a writer, editor, educator, and arts facilitator. She is a commissioned poet on the Poetry as Commemoration project run by the Irish Poetry Reading Archive in University College Dublin under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 program.
Megan Lowe is a fierce female dancer, choreographer, performer, aerialist, singer-songwriter, filmmaker, teacher, and administrator of Chinese and Irish descent creating work in the San Francisco Bay Area. With an affinity for dynamic places and partners, her creations through Megan Lowe Dances explore complex identities and experiences by tackling unusual physical situations and invent compelling solutions, opening up the imagination to what is possible.
Monjola is an Alternative R&B artist from Dublin, Ireland, and is one of the most exciting acts emerging from Ireland. He has already established his name in the burgeoning Irish scene as a result of his extensive involvement in the business side of the industry. He runs exhibitions with his art collective, Cleavage Club.
Tolü Makay is one of the most exciting emerging talents in Ireland at the moment. The singing star, whose influences include Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse, was born in Nigeria, came to Ireland at the age of five, and now lives in Tullamore, Co Offaly.