Hinterland: West 2019

Hinterland heads to San Francisco!

The Hinterland Festival’s connections to the city of San Francisco (already evident in our association with the Litquake Festival through Lit Crawl) have been taken to a new level with Hinterland: West (8-10 November, 2019) – with substantial and pivotal support from Culture Ireland.

Hinterland: West is a collaboration between Hinterland / Kells and two of the leaders in the promotion of Irish-American cultural heritage in the Bay Area, Tony Bucher (former President of the Irish Literary and Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area) and Dr. Matthew Spangler (Professor of Performance Studies at San José State University and playwright – author of the globally successful stage adaptation of The Kite Runner and the book Staging Intercultural Ireland). Tony and Matt feature prominently in this year’s Hinterland programme.

We’ll be running a bijou, eclectic festival of 12-15 events, encompassing Irish and Irish-American fiction and non-fiction elements between 8-10 November, 2019 in San Francisco. Support from Culture Ireland means that four of the participants in Hinterland / Kells 2019, novelist Liz Nugent, musician Jim Lockhart, theatre director Kellie Hughes and artist Mark Smith, will travel to San Francisco to participate in our new sister festival

Hinterland: West will be hosted by the Mechanics’ Institute Library in downtown San Francisco, a superb, centrally located venue with a long tradition of staging cultural events. Taryn Edwards, Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Mechanics Institute attended this year’s Hinterland Festival in Kells in June.

We’ll have more information here soon.

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