THE GREAT BOOK OF IRELAND

The Great Book of Ireland – Leabhar Mór na hÉireann, is a vellum manuscript and modern illuminated book, produced in Dublin between 1989 and 1991.  It incorporates the work of Irish poets (144), artists (121) and composers (9). All the contributors worked directly onto the large (handmade) vellum pages and their work was unified by calligrapher Denis Brown.

This 250 page book is an outstanding gallery of original modern Irish art, an anthology of poetry and a selection of musical compositions all bound in one single volume: it is one and a half times the size of The Book of Kells, the renowned and medieval Irish illuminated book dating from the 9th century.

On the 11th of June 1989, poets  Seamus Heaney, John Montague, and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill inscribed their poems on the very first loose vellum leaves.  Nobel Laureate, Samuel Beckett, completed his inscription just a few weeks before his death (Dec 1989), and this is one of his last pieces of writing preserved in the Great Book of Ireland. Over the next three years, they were followed by artists from all around the Island of Ireland, who wrote, painted and drew directly on vellum. 

The Great Book of Ireland was a joint venture between Clashganna Mills Trust Ltd and Poetry Ireland Ltd and the book is now owned by University College Cork. Theo Dorgan and Gene Lambert were its editors and the project was managed by Eamonn Martin. The Great Book of Ireland was accepted by the Dublin 1991 European City of Culture Committee as a central project, because it reflects the true wealth of the arts in Ireland, which lies in the artists themselves.

This exhibition presents an exquisite selection of 32 inscribed pages of the Book, including works of the most distinguished Irish poets such as Nobel prize winners Seamus Heaney and  Samuel Beckett, as well as John Montague, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Brendan Kennelly and others. Some of the artists presented in this selection include Barrie Cooke, Charles Cullen, Rita Duffy, Jane O`Malley and John Behan. The synergy of the handwritten word and the  imagery hand painted directly on organic material, conveys a strong message: in spite of living in our technologically advanced and commodity-oriented times,  the most valuable gift to be left to the collective memory of future generations is, simply -  a human touch.

OPENING
13.3.2021 at 13:00


PROGRAM:

OPEN AIR EXHIBITION

VENUE:

Open Air

ADDRESS:

Sava Promenada

DATE:

13. & 20.4.2021

TIME:

0-24HH

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TONIGHT BELGRADE IS GREEN.

BELGRADE IRISH FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH ONLINE SCREENING AND OUTDOOR PROGRAM!

The fascinating exhibition of The Great Book of Ireland is held on the beautiful Savamala Promenade, while Belgrade joins the world's metropolises in Greening tonight - next to New York, London, Boston, Sydney and Moscow and our capital will shine green in honor of the celebration St. Patrick's Day!
 

PHOTO COMPETITION

Wherever you are in Serbia, this year we’d like to see your pictures on the themes of 
1. GREENING IT UP - What does greening say to you this Spring?
2. CELTIC CONNECTIONS - Share your photo that illustrates Celtic connections between Serbia and Ireland.

ALL BELGRADE IRISH FESTIVAL CULTURAL EVENTS CANCELED THIS WEEKEND

DUE TO NEW COVID -19 WEEKEND MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM, ALL BELGRADE IRISH FESTIVAL CULTURAL EVENTS PLANNED FOR THIS WEEKEND ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

NEW DATES OF THE EVENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE

THE GREAT BOOK OF IRELAND

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