CIACLA 2024 Program

ÉALÚ

A multidisciplinary series of Irish arts and culture in Los Angeles County during 2024.

CIACLA is thrilled to unveil 'Éalú' (Escape), the overarching theme for our multidisciplinary program in 2024. This celebration of contemporary art and culture bridges the visionary talents of Irish and Los Angeles-based artists across a myriad of mediums, including visual arts, film, theatre, music, and literature. 'Éalú' promises to unfold through an eclectic mix of experiences: Live Theatrical Performances, Exhibitions and Music Events, the third annual Irish Film Festival, Literary Events, the continuation of our successful CIACLA Creative Network monthly gatherings, and more! Showcasing Ireland's distinguished and emerging contemporary artists, 'Éalú' aims to weave a connection between vibrant artistic communities in Los Angeles County and Ireland. The program of contemporary cultural expressions will be accessible through a series of thoughtfully curated events and experiences.

'Éalú', the Irish/Gaeilge word for 'escape', encapsulates our vision for this series: it's an invitation to break away from the ordinary and immerse yourself in the extraordinary realms of Irish creativity and artistic brilliance.

 CIACLA's Board of Directors are excited to extend an invitation to join us in 2024, promising that 'Éalú' will be an exciting odyssey of innovation, diversity, and creative enchantment, setting a new benchmark for Irish cultural engagements in Los Angeles County.

Creative Network
Monthly Meet Ups

SHARD
Theatre - February

Creative Network
Monthly Meet Ups

FILM FESTIVAL
Film - March

RECONSTRUCTION: HARMONIZING OUR TOMORROW
Music - April

Irsh Contemporaries 3
Visual Arts - Summer 2024


 

MONTHLY GET TOGETHERS - monthly

The CIACLA Creative Network returns with its monthly in-person networking opportunity for Irish & Irish American Artists, Actors, Filmmakers, Dancers, Writers, and Creatives living in California. This new network aims to support the Irish Creative community in Los Angeles and throughout California through community events, opportunities for showcasing their work, and connections to industry professionals living and working in LA and across California. The monthly meet ups include live talks and webinars.


 

THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE | FEB 22-24TH  2024

"One man seeks a fresh start, yearning to reconnect with the primal embrace of nature. Yet, when nature spurns us, when it hungers for our life's essence, what unfolds then?"

Irish playwright Stewart Roche's gripping psychological thriller, SHARD, will get its live theatrical premiere in February 2024 with a unique three-day engagement in a private Irish shebeen (speakeasy) hidden in the heart of Hollywood.


 

A CELEBRATION OF IRISH CINEMATIC FILM | MARCH 16 & 17TH 2024

March 2024 will mark the fifth year of CIACLA's celebration of Irish Film with a two day festival held in Santa Monica, showcasing the best of Irish film featuring some of Ireland's most exciting filmmakers!

The Irish Film Festival Los Angeles 2024 will feature a two day curated selection of contemporary Irish cinematic brilliance, showcasing a series of films from riveting feature-length films to compelling shortsexperimental film, whimsical animations, and poignant Irish Language film.


 

A Live immersive concert on the Culver Steps | 24th & 25th April 2024

CIACLA is proud to be a producing partner of Reconstruction: Harmonizing Our Tomorrow  an immersive concert experience by visionary creator Emer Kinsella of Emersion Music.


 

SUMMER 2024 - SANTA MONICA

The third annual CIACLA Irish Contemporaries Visual Art exhibition will return this summer at Building Bridges Art Exchange, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Los Angeles. 

CIACLA - The Contemporary Irish Center Los Angeles, in partnership with Building Bridges Art Exchange and The MART Gallery & Studios Dublin, are proud to announce the visual arts group exhibition The Irish Contemporaries {3}, curated by Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin.


 

CIACLA’s Creative Support Platform

APPLY NOW!

CIACLA is delighted to announce a new call out for CIACLA’s Creative Support Platform - a call out for applications of support to the Los Angeles community of artists, curators, actors, musicians, filmmakers and all Irish & Irish American creatives working in LA or California.

Throughout the year, CIACLA will collaborate with a collection of local and visiting partner artists, organisations and community groups who will be showcasing contemporary Irish arts programming in Los Angeles.

This call for partnership allows prospective applicants to apply to CIACLA for support through financial, curatorial or marketing support.


 

“The CIACLA team have curated this exciting program full of engaging work to bring communities together, while also creating opportunities for artists to showcase their work and provide our audience with exciting new ways to engage with Contemporary Irish Culture.” ~ Matthew Nevin CIACLA’s Executive Director

This program has been kindly supported by Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme, Culture Ireland, California Arts Council, LA County Arts Commission, CIACLA, MART Gallery & Studios and Building Bridges Art Exchange.