We are pleased and excited to announce the return of the Hinterland West Festival in 2022 in San Francisco. Events this year will be held Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2022 - at the newly opened Ireland House at the Consulate General of Ireland and the storied United Irish Cultural Center.
The 2022 festival returns with a bang, featuring major, acclaimed writers and scholars from Ireland including Fintan O'Toole, arguably Ireland’s top journalist and pundit, Liz Nugent one of Ireland’s leading crime fiction writers, famed journalist and commentator Roisín Ingle, historian and archivist Catriona Crowe, and veteran broadcast journalist, historian, and impresario Myles Dungan! Hinterland West also offers an impressive lineup of San Francisco talent, featuring the one-and-only Noah Griffin joining us to speak about Paradise Square, the acclaimed stage musical production on the storied collaboration between African-American and Irish dancers and musicians in lower Manhattan in the Civil War era.
About Hinterland West in San Francisco
Hinterland West is a San Francisco-based collaboration with the Hinterland Festival in Kells County Meath, Ireland. Our launch in November 2019 was an eclectic festival of 20+ events, encompassing fiction, history, sport, drama, music and fine arts mostly with an Irish or Irish-American twist. Generous support from Culture Ireland and important donors in the San Francisco community supported the travel of featured speakers including musician Jim Lockhart, who gave two wonderfully informative and witty talks on Irish music, theatre director Kellie Hughes, historian and impresario Myles Dungan, and innovative print artist Mark Smith. Local Bay Area speakers included UC Berkeley historian Gray Brechin's account of the vital contribution to the City of San Francisco made by Irish-born engineer Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy, interviews with Irish-American novelists Emer Martin and Ethel Rohan, and UC Berkeley academic Catherine Flynn's talk about her book on James Joyce and Paris.