IMMA Outdoors 2022 explores the environment and what it means to be radically public by creating an inclusive meaningful space for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Highlights include a new immersive sonic installation by Em’kal Eyongakpa in the Formal Gardens from May, and a stunning painted mural installation by Navine G.Dossos in the Courtyard from July. The outdoor programme will culminate in an Eco Event titled Earth Rising, a weekend celebration of people, place and planet in October.
IMMA Nights presents a wide variety of events including talks, workshops, dance, performances, film screenings, book launches, DJs and live music, across the site on Thursday and Friday evenings. IMMA will also share the site with other cultural organisations, initiatives and artist groups creating a hive of night-time activity in Dublin 8. Highlights include the return of IMMA’s much loved Summer Party taking place on 15 and 16 July; a curated series of poetry and song performances titled More than the Reverb, and a series of free Music in the Courtyard events throughout the summer.
Due to popularity IMMA Outdoors is delighted to bring back the artist collective Forerunner to re-stage its seating structures Y O U N G F O S S I I L across the site, once again offering visitors opportunities to lounge, loiter and reflect.
All this will be enriched by a daytime and late-evening offering, created by IMMA’s Visitor Engagement Team (VET), of bespoke garden tours, art workshops, yoga classes and family activities, that fuse the importance of well-being and engagement with ideas and creativity, offering visitors a space in which to convene, explore and reflect on aspects of the IMMA programme and beauty of the grounds and gardens.
The Flying Dog Café, located in the Courtyard, will open late for IMMA Nights on Thursday and Friday evenings until 8pm.
IMMA Nights is part of a pilot initiative to support the Night-Time Economy, funded by Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
From music and culture in the Courtyard, to late evening yoga, film screenings, talks, workshops, book launches and readings, to bespoke artists performances and dance, these are just some of the activities happening across the site on Thursday and Friday evenings throughout the summer.
September highlights, please see the full calendar below for details of all events:
FOR WHAT YOU DREAM OF
Thurs 1 September, 5.30pm
Join us for a special evening of talks, dance rhythms and Afro-future sonic music that celebrates the role of Black women and non-binary people within the evolution of dance music. Featuring artists Jenn Nkiru, Nkisi, alongside DJs Fehdah, Mona Lxsa, Renn and others. Free, booking recommended. Book here.
Afro-Brazilian Dance Session with Live Percussion Workshop
Fri, 2 September, 6pm
Join an Afro-Brazilian dance workshop led by dancer and facilitator Alessandra Azevedo. Free, booking required. Book here.
Life Drawing Workshop
Thurs 1 & 15 September, 6 – 8pm
Grab a friend and unwind after work with a life drawing workshop. Book Now
Thurs 8, 15, 22 September, 6pm
Join Paola Catizone for a yoga and movement session in our Formal Gardens. Enjoy easing your tensions away while relaxing in the beautiful grounds of the RHK. Book Now
Art Nomads presents, Samak the Ayyar, A Transcultural Tale
Thurs, 15 September, 6pm
Join us for a storytelling performance which brings audiences an adaptation of the Persian folk tale ‘Samak the Ayyar’, a story which has been formed by word of mouth since 4th century in greater Persia. Free, no booking required.
Cikada Circus Acrobatic Children’s Workshop
Fri, 9 September, 6pm – 7pm
Taking inspiration from the outdoor artworks, architecture and nature found across IMMA’s grounds, participants are invited to explore the role of performers in this lighthearted and fun performance lab. Free, limited places. Book here.
Cikada Circus Belonging Performance
Fri, 9 September, 7.30pm – 8pm
Join acrobatic performers Ali Stanger and Henrik Gard from Cikada Circus, for a special intimate performance of their work titled ‘Belonging’. Free, no booking required.
Music in the Courtyard
Thursdays & Fridays in September, 7pm, No booking required
Join us for a free music programme in the iconic IMMA Courtyard. September performances include singer songwriter Séamus Harty with his blend of blues, folk and soul; Pinhole, a quirky Irish-based band brandishing the “alternative” flag; DJ Brent Brentwestoke and the popular jazz band The New Brass Kings. Returning once again in September are DJ Nigel Wood with his atmospheric World Music set and the ever popular The Ritz Brothers. Find out more