International Beckett Festival, Paris This literary festival will run for the entire month of March 2016, with later weeks focusing on the 1916 Rising. The Sixteen16 centennial programme will involve performances that respond to Samuel Beckett’s work by sixteen Irish artists or artistic groups from Ireland’s theatre, dance, literature, visual arts, music and film sectors. Twin conferences to commemorate Franco-Irish links as the backdrop to the 1916 Rising Academic conferences on the theme ‘Paris: Capital of Irish Culture’ will explore the longer-term influence of Paris on the evolution of Irish political and cultural thought. They will take place from May to July 2016. Public diplomacy events around Abbey Production The Embassy will partner with local academic and cultural contacts to host two lectures and two cultural performances to mark the commemoration of the Easter Rising and Ireland’s experience of the First World War, in particular the involvement of soldiers from the island of Ireland in the Battle of the Somme. The events will take place in March, June and July 2016.