Pantisocracy – Christmas Day Special – 4-5pm December 25th on RTÉ Radio 1

In a special Christmas Day edition of Pantisocracy the ‘cabaret of conversations’ host Panti Bliss, the unofficial ‘Queen’ of Ireland, hosts a gathering exploring how we draw upon the traditions of being Irish, in language, music, song, poetry and dance to re-imagine anew ourselves and our place in the world.


Read Panti’s Christmas Monologue in full

We put great store by Christmas. You can tell, because we say ‘we’re doing it smaller next year’ or ‘next year I’m going away’ but we never do, and we continue to food shop as if stocking a wartime bunker and argue over who cooked it who ate and who didn’t dish wash it

– Panti Bliss


Her guests in this festive edition are singer and actor Lisa LambeHot House Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlaí, former Riverdance star Colin Dunne, musician Seán Mac Erlaine and the poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa.
The programme features performances by Lisa Lambe, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Seán Mac Erlaine and Doireann Ní Ghríofa.

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