Ar Ais Arís Tour

Date 10.06.2021 - 20.06.2021
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A moment of departure. A moment of return. A moment of reckoning.

Join Brú Theatre on a Virtual Reality exploration of music, movement and migration, through the breath-taking landscape of Connemara. Inspired by the writing of Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Pádraic Ó Conaire and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and using 180° immersive Virtual Reality film, this visually evocative presentation captures  the emotional journey of migration which has impacted Ireland for generations. Ar Ais Arís is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. Ar Ais Arís is part of Aistriú, a Galway 2020 and NUI Galway commission.

Ar Ais Arís will tour the Atlantic West coast of Ireland from 10-20 of June engaging communities historically affected by migration. In association with Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh,  Brú is excited to engage their ever-growing audience, in a new, innovative and COVID safe setting. Ar Ais Arís is work that has brought theatre practitioners, from performers, to designers, to musicians together to collaborate on making immersive ways to experience Irish art that champions language lineage and landscape, while merging it with the most up to date digital technologies.







Image Credit: Julia Dunin


Ar Ais Arís is Brù’s Artistic Director’s James Riordan’s latest work since being announced as the recipient of the Abbey Theatre’s Michael Hogan Commemoration Bursary, commissioning new work provoked by Ireland’s War of Independence and Civil War period.

Commenting on Ar Ais Arís, James Riordan said “We are really delighted to be able to share the work with the Gaeltacht communities throughout Ireland. This project has been a long time in the making and has been reimagined more than once. We are really proud of what we’ve created and very much looking forward to bringing new work in the Irish language and virtual format to coastal communities who for many years saw people leave their shores never to return. We create work to share it, and Brightening Air is an amazing chance for us to meet our audiences and to immerse them in something new inspired by our collective history.

Brú would like to acknowledge Galway 2020 and NUIG for commissioning and the support of Galway County Arts Office, Údaras na Gaeltachta as well as the continued support of the Arts Council.



A ten day, nationwide season of arts experiences, Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh brings together some of Ireland’s most exciting artists and arts organisations in a celebration of renewed optimism and brighter days ahead. The programme, with experiences both live in person and available to enjoy at home, runs from 11-20 June 2021 in all sorts of venues, casting a light from coast to coast and creating bright sparks of enjoyment throughout the country. For more information visit



Festival: Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh

Date: 10-20 June 2021

Gaeltachts: Gweedore, Belmullet,, Inis Oirr, Dingle Peninsula, Cape Clear Island

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