Irish Film Festa In March 2016, Rome will host the 9th edition of the Irish Film Festa, the theme of which will be the Easter Rising of 1916. The programme will include screenings and discussions of films that were either made or set in the years before and after 1916. The Festa will also link up with the University of Notre Dame campus in Rome, which will be the location for the screening of the Notre Dame documentary, 1916: The Irish Rebellion. Writing the Rising Conference The conference ‘Writing the Rising’ will be an international, interdisciplinary conference focused on the revolutionary period of Irish history, from 1913 to 1923. The conference, which will take place in January 2016, will examine the central importance of the written word both in the context of the 1916 Rising and in its aftermath. Professor Roy Foster, of the University of Oxford, will be a plenary speaker at this event which will be hosted at Roma Tre University in Rome.