Lasta – First events announced

Lasta- National arts festival for young people by young people, 11 to 20 June 2021

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NASC in association with Brightening Air/ Coiscéim Coiligh
Lasta: A national arts programme for young people by young people
From Friday 11th to Sunday 20th June 2021

The Nasc network of venues is delighted to present Lasta: A national arts programme for young people by young people. Lasta is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators were engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people have worked collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of work for young people across the country.

The Curators have delivered a unique and diverse programme of events to take place within the 10-day festival featuring theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, spoken word along with innovative site specific and multi-disciplinary events.

Highlights of the Festival include AfroPopCity, a Limerick based Afrobeat and Hip-Hop Collective; celebrating 10 years of Silent, Pat Kinevane’s Olivier Award-winning play; What Moves You, featuring Snowflake-author Louise Nealon in conversation with movement artist Douglas Reddan; NewDad, recorded live on the main stage of the Town Hall Theatre Galway specially for the Lasta Festival; Owen Colgan, star of the hit show The Hardy Bucks, brings you The Dance of Life a collection of videos that some have been saying are the best collection of videos since Gran turismo on Playstation 1!; Aoife Meade; Lisa Canny; and Drifting, set in a small midlands town, and featuring Paul Mescal and Dafhyd Flynn.

Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project will showcase the breadth of creativity of our future arts programmers and producers.

This promises to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible, and exciting festival of events. Booking is now open with many events free to attend.

Further information and booking can be found on venue websites or

The NASC Network Venues are Backstage Theatre (Longford),  Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise), glór (Ennis),  An Grianán (Letterkenny),  Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick), Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire),  Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) and Town Hall Theatre (Galway)

Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

Please click on the link to find out more about all Lasta events nationally.

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For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

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Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit

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