Covid-19-Related Programme Updates
In recent days, the First Fortnight team has been busy working out what impact the recently announced government restrictions will have on First Fortnight 2022.
In recent days, the First Fortnight team has been busy working out what impact the recently announced government restrictions will have on First Fortnight 2022. The first thing to say is that First Fortnight 2022 is very much on and we think it’s shaping up to be an excellent edition of the festival. The first two weeks of the year can be a difficult time and that is likely to be true for more people in 2022 than in most years. From its inception over a decade ago, First Fortnight was envisaged as a sort of light in the dark. And so in 2022 against a more darkened backdrop than usual, we promise a bright and brilliant line-up. Since we first sat down to start programming this year’s festival, we knew we had to organise it in such a way that it could proceed under any and all circumstances. To that end, we designed First Fortnight 2022 as a hybrid online / in-person festival. We chose the theme ‘Open’ because we knew we’d need to be open to all eventualities. The agility we built into the programme is standing to us now. That said, there are elements of our festival that cannot now go ahead (at least for the time being) and others that we will need to change and adapt. Though decisions to cancel or postpone events are difficult, they are necessary: the safety of our colleagues, of the artists and of First Fortnight audiences is absolutely paramount. We hope you join us as we enjoy dance, film, visual art, theatre, spoken word, workshops and discussions that challenge the stigma attached to mental health. Many events are free or pay what you can. Below we have set out the changes that we have made to our programme. As you’ll see, the majority of events are set to go ahead as planned and scheduled. Others, we have had to shuffle around a little. Be sure to book now for anything you’d like to attend. Happy Christmas. Stay safe. See you on January 2 Events that have been moved online OpenHearted – a conversation with Ann Ingle (January 11 7pm) W Ready to Talk (new date to follow) Love and Courage Podcast (16 January 3pm) The power of Words O’Bhéal Events with new start-times The Chronicles of Oggle – multiple date & time changes, please see relevant event page for more The Dublin Story Slam will now commence at the new time of 4pm on January 15th (this is a new date) Cloud Study will now commence at the new time of 7pm Events that have been postponed Therapy sessions (Dublin and Belfast) The Two Norries Live at First Fortnight Banter Conversation Salon The Art of Anxiety Spliced CHIME One Tree (launch only, the workshops proceed)