2024 Arts and Minds Festival - THURSDAY, 9TH MAY TO SATURDAY, 11TH MAY


We're looking forward to welcoming everyone to MU in 2024 for another amazing festival and we can't wait to share more about it. So keep an eye out on this page for updates in the weeks ahead and to be sure you don't miss out, just email artsandmindsfestival@mu.ie and we'll add you to our mailing list.


What a festival we had in 2023! Four days of creative energy featuring Writers, Makers, Dancers, Thinkers, Singers of Opera and Singers of Sean-Nós, Performers and Poets.

Among the wide variety of events on campus, was a performance by the multiple award-winning Irish folk duo, Ye Vagabonds, and Irish National Opera were in Concert with soprano Anna Devin, mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty,  bass-baritone Gianluca Margheri, and pianist Finghin Collins. In the inaugural, Literary Lounge, we had book readings by Nicole Flattery (author of Nothing Special) and Deepti Kapoor (author of Age of Vice) plus poetry readings with Seán Hewitt and Lauren Lawler. In another festival first, we partnered with Maynooth Film For All and on the opening night, showed a screening of Aftersun, the internationally acclaimed Paul Mescal movie, followed by an insightful discussion and Q&A with the audience and colleagues from the Department of Media Studies.


 Music for all
 Irish National Opera - Taking the Aula to the Maxima
 Irish-Language Hip Hop & Rave
 Book Signings & Conversation - We (weren't) lost for words!

Oh, and did we mention, courtesy of Irish National Opera, festival goers also enjoyed a virtual reality opera experience. Finally, last but not least the wonderful An Fhéile Bheag, featured a cornucopia of Irish-language events including a sean-nós singing walk and a special evening of Irish-language hip hop, electronic music, and rave with the acclaimed Súil Amháin and Tuath ensemble .

To be sure you don't miss out on Arts and Minds 2024, just email artsandmindsfestival@mu.ie and we'll add you to our mailing list.

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Arts and Minds is Maynooth University’s campus celebration of the best in Irish and international arts and culture, welcoming the wider community, alumni, students, and staff to join us for live and in-person arts events.