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Stepping Up

A lecture charting one hundred years of women’s contribution to the art and crafts associated with Irish Dance. Looking at the work of performers, designers and choreographers, based on objects and archives in the museum’s collections.

- , Sun 24 Jun 2018

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Over the last 5 -7 years National Museums NI has established and developed a collection of costume and archival material at The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum relating to the history of Irish Dance, from 1904 to present day.

This collection of costumes, dance programmes, photographs and medals provides a fascinating overview of a performance art which has grown over the last 125 years from dancing at village crossroads to a global phenomenon. Along the way, many women have played a key role in championing change and innovation, designing sets and costumes, and choreographing new work.

This illustrated lecture will shine a spotlight on women who have made a significant contribution to the art of Irish Dance. They include Patricia Mulholland, Anna McCoy, Pat Bond, and Mercy Hunter among others.

This lecture in conjunction with the exhibition ‘A Step in Time: the history of Irish Dance’ at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh (opening summer 2018 – see website for details).

February 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act which marks the first milestone in the journey of women’s suffrage, the right to vote in political elections.

To mark the year National Museums NI will be highlighting the women in our collections through exhibitions and events.

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