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Clifden gets set to celebrate its 36th Community Arts Festival

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Galway blues singer, Mary Coughlan and the county’s newest live party band, Crossfire will kick off this year’s Clifden Community Arts Festival, which will run from September 19-29.

 

Details of the 36th Clifden programme were announced on Monday night by renowned Irish musician, composer, producer and arranger Bill Whelan, who is best known for his work on Riverdance.

This year’s Festival has a broad range of music, theatre, film, comedy, literary talks and readings, as well as its well-established dedicated schools’ programme

Director of the event, Brendan Flynn told guests at Monday’s launch in Clifden’s Station House Hotel, that the “phenomenal community engagement” that was a feature of Clifden’s festival from the beginning has helped set the event apart from others. “It truly ignites the spirit of the people; it’s really inspirational,” he said.

The festival will be officially opened on Thursday, September by theatre director, Garry Hynes of Galway company, Druid

‘Gyp-Hop’ kings, The Latchikos will be performing on Friday, September 20, and there will also be a concert from accordion master Máirtín O’Connor, fiddle player Zoe Conway and guitar and bouzouki maestro Donal Lunny.

Other musical events throughout the festival include a performance from Sharon Shannon on September 21, while on the same night the The Guinness Choir will perform Handel’s Messiah, with a stellar cast of singers including soprano Cara O’Sullivan. The Callino Quartet with Tom Dunne will be on stage on September 23, while Irish-American folk group, Cherish the Ladies will play on September 24.  Guitarist and singer Declan Sinnott will be in concert on September 26, as will Kaleidoscope Camino.

On the literary front, poet, publisher and novelist Dermot Bolger and playwright, Bernard Farrell will give a reading from their work on September 20.

On Saturday, September 21, four-time Jacob Award winner and RTÉ veteran, Mike Murphy will conduct a public interview with Bill Whelan.  The same day, UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will join forces with musician and actor John Sampson, while author and journalist, Kevin Myers will lecture on Commemorations: Ireland’s Fatal Addictions.

Fishamble: The New Theatre Company will present their performances of Pat Kinevane’s one-man plays, Silent and Forgotten on September 24 and 25. Both will be performed by the writer, with Silent being staged on September 24 and Forgotten on September 25. 

Former Fianna Fáil Minister Mary O’Rourke will read from her memoir, Just Mary on September 28, and on the same day historian Diarmuid Ferriter will deliver the annual John Moriarty lecture on the theme of The Isle of Glorious Destiny?” Change, Continuity and Crisis in the Irish Republic 1963-2013.

On a lighter note, Ireland’s leading processional and landscape theatre company LuXe will pass through Clifden on Saturday, September 28 for the Festival’s Finale Parade.  Joining them will be Fidget Feet, fresh from premiering their brand new outdoor aerial crane, the spectacular Firebirds at the Fleadh Cheoil in Derry. This event, filled with visuals, dance and music, promises to bring children and adults alike into a world of imagination and fun.

Local schools will play host to a number of different events during Clifden Arts Festival. These include workshops, a film festival, specialist talks and lectures on a broad range of topics, as well as concerts and readings from established poets and writers.

The Clifden Art trail, which is now in its seventh year, will also make a return. This is an exciting shop-window exhibition of work by artists who have strong links with the Connemara area. An Arts Council touring exhibition will also ensure a feast for the eyes as the entire town will be used as a public exhibition space, hosting a variety of group and solo exhibitions, resulting in a fabulous array of colourful and imaginative displays. 

l A full programme of events and tickets for Clifden can be found online at www.clifdenarts week.ie. To book call 091-442730 or email:       boxoffice@clifdenartsweek.ie

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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