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 Theatre Arts 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 five of the participants in Hinterland / Kells 2019, novelists Liz Nugent and Hugo Hamilton, 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 will be attending this year’s Hinterland Festival in Kells, from 27-30 June.
We’ll have more information after we recover from Hinterland / Kells in June!