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Summer Nights 2017 > Sunset Birth - The IMMA Summer Party

Sunset Birth
Saturday 15 July 2017

Tickets are €18 + Booking Fee.
This event is SOLD OUT. Tickets will not be available on the door.

IMMA are delighted to announce details of ‘Sunset Birth’, the 2017 IMMA Summer Party taking place on Saturday 15 July. Sponsored by O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer the Party is curated by the artist Linder and the musician Maxwell Sterling. Responding to the current IMMA exhibition As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics, the curators have invited musicians and performers whose practice reflects and responds to themes of spirituality and mysticism via music, performance and ritual. 

Before Dark // After Dark 


IMMA is delighted to announce programme highlights which include Kuwaiti musician and visual artist Fatima Al Qadiri in her first Irish appearance, legendary Hacienda (Manchester) DJ Greg Wilson, Boomkat DJ Conor Thomas, Berlin based WIFE and additional performances from Marcin Pietruszewski & Tristan Clutterbuck duo, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Teresa Winter, CROWW, Sam Kidel and Rian Treanor.

Started in 2014, IMMA’s Summer Party has become a landmark in the cultural calendar as a celebration of art, music, live performance, food and drink. This year IMMA will create two parties in one, with distinct before and after dark programmes happening on the same night. In the early part of the evening exhibitions will be open in the Main Galleries, food and drink will be on offer on the Terrace and the Gardens will be alive with talks, films, music and art interventions. After dark the party will move indoors with immersive live performances in IMMA’s stunning stained glass Chapel and ornate Great Hall. The night will respond to our landmark International exhibition As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics, and indeed the party title -‘Sunset Birth’ - takes its name from a painting by the British Surrealist artist Ithell Colquhoun, whose work is currently on view as part of this exhibition.

There will be DJ sets, live performances, dance and live film scores across the night, channelling emotions through different forms and sonic styles ranging from intimate recitals of vocal work through to more intense and highly energised performances. Several of the musicians performing are affiliated with the record label, The Death Of Rave which was set up by Conor Thomas in 2012. The label is home to a wide variety of music, from Mark Leckey’s soundtrack to ‘Fiourucci Made me Hardcore’, to the work of Sam Kidel, Wold and The Automatics Group. Whilst the label covers a large span of musical genres, there is an overarching connectivity between the artists, rooted in their prescient sound, style and environmental engagement.

Curators Linder and Maxwell have previously collaborated on various film and performances, most recently, Children of the Mantic Stain ballet for British Art Show 8 at the Royal Festival Hall 2016, plus Maxwell composed the five hour score for Linder’s Destination Moon. You must not look at her! performance at last year’s inaugural Art Night hosted by the ICA, London.

The Summer Party is restricted to guests ages 18+ and is part of a series of events around As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics. The next event in the Summer Nights 2017 series is Wilder Beings Command! on Saturday 29 July which is suitable for all ages, and a live performance by artist Eoghan Ryan on 17 August 2017.

Programme Details

‘As Above, So Below,’ is an often quoted medieval maxim to describe the belief that happenings here on earth are mirrored in the heavens above, reflecting the synchronicity between the conscious and unconscious worlds. This year’s Summer Party draws on the current IMMA exhibition As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics, with two distinct Before Dark and After Dark programmes across the site.


Please note that these events will fill on a first come first served basis, with limited capacity per event. Arrive early to secure your place.

Food and Drink

We are delighted to partner with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer who will be providing a full bar service on the night including wine, spirits and of course their delicious selection of Irish craft beer as well as Falling Apple and Craigies Irish craft ciders.

There will also be a delicious selection of Venezuelan Street Food from Arepas Grill, Thai food from Kanum Thai and tasty raclette and nachos from The Ploughmans Daughter.  

Please note that all bars and food traders will only accept CASH so make sure you get cash before you arrive. There is no ATM on site. Nearby Supervalu HSQ is open until 10pm and there are ATMs in Mace and Spar on Thomas Street.


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