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Solas Nua, ‘new light’ in Irish, is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. Based in Washington, D.C., our mission is to bring the best new Irish artistic talent to American audiences. 

We began in 2005 with our smash hit production of Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh. For over a decade we have brought our audiences an exciting mix of modern Irish theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film, and literary events including the annual Capital Irish Film Festival and Irish Book Day.

  • 2011 DC MAYOR'S ARTS AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN THE ARTS

  • nominated for multiple helen hayes awards

We enjoy support from an expanding audience, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Culture Ireland, the Irish Film Institute, the Irish Film Board, the Embassy of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Bureau. 


Solas Nua Vision 2020

In 2020, Solas Nua is acknowledged as the leading contemporary Irish arts organization in the USA by the arts communities in Ireland and the United States. We are known for commissioning, producing and presenting thought-provoking, ground-breaking and vibrant work in all the arts. Solas Nua is the “go to” source of information and insight in the United States into the contemporary Irish artistic world.

We are celebrated in Ireland for our award-winning work that nurtures emerging talent and provides Irish artists with a supportive, warm and compelling forum in the United States. We are recognized in Washington, D.C. and beyond for being dynamic and innovative and for making a substantial and unique contribution to the artistic and cultural richness of each city, within and outside the Irish-American communities.

Solas Nua has a growing and increasingly diverse audience for its programming. While the Irish diaspora remains at the core of that audience, Solas Nua, in bringing Irish arts to people not connected to Ireland through heritage, is a leader among arts organizations in reaching out beyond traditional audiences to new communities and groups.

Solas Nua has a stable board and the managerial, artistic, volunteer and financial resources to sustain a strong organization and enable a full range of high-quality Irish-arts programming that conveys the vibrancy of the contemporary Irish arts scene.