Lá na Cruite, Harp Day 2021 takes place on Saturday 16th October where harpers all over the world will celebrate Ireland’s 1,000-year-old harping tradition. Since 2017, Cruit Éireann │ Harp Ireland has successfully curated and coordinated our celebration of harping. This year, Lá na Cruite │ Harp Day will feature the best of Irish harping in hybrid format, and audiences all over the world will be able to access in-person and online events through concerts, lectures, popup events, and harp makers’ workshops. Harp Day 2021 will combine live events and virtual broadcasts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cruiteireann and on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/HarpIreland.

Lá na Cruite │ Harp Day’s theme for 2021 is HARPS ALIVE; it is our response to a renewed sense of awareness that many people have experienced about the beauty of the world around them over the past 18 months. During COVID-19, our lives were put ‘on hold’, we paused to listen and to look around us with a new perspective; hearing bird song, getting out and about, walking on our beautiful hills and coastal areas, and relating to nature in a different way. With that backdrop, Lá na Cruite │ Harp Day will focus on three themes: Connecting, Engaging and Collaborating.

So this year we are calling harpers to take up their harps on Lá na Cruite │ Harp Day and reconnect with nature in their favourite outdoor spaces: on hills, beside lakes, on the coast, in forests or even in their own back gardens. On Saturday 11th September we launched our HARPERS’ CALL, where we are inviting harpers from all corners of the world to submit a 2-3 minute video recording, showing how they are engaging with their natural surroundings and sharing their music.

Click here for further information on Harpers’ Call 2021