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Communities gather to celebrate Culture Night

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Over 100 events are taking place around Galway City and County as part of the annual Culture Night, which will be celebrated on September 20.

In Oranmore the Active in Age Group and Respond Housing Association are jointly hosting a batik workshop and film screening in the Respond Old Convent Building, while the Galway artist group Akin are displaying their work in the 15th century Oranmore Castle.  Reflecting the diversity that exists in the county, Oranmore’s Afro-Renaissance group will host an intercultural dance and music event in the Maree Community Hall.

In Athenry Michael Loftus, Tom Ward and Máire Greaney Daly will be in the town’s library at 6.30pm, revisiting old poetic favourites and discovering new treats as they share the pleasure poetry gives them

At 7pm the Athenry Heritage Centre will present an evening of heritage and culture with local historian, Ronan Killeen and a film presentation from fifth class students in Athenry Boys School. Culture Night in Athenry will conclude with Concertos by Candlelight at 8pm in Athenry Castle where selected movements from popular concertos will be performed by students and staff of Athenry Music School. This promises to be an atmospheric and magical performance in a wonderful setting.

Portumna has been awarded the title of County Galway Village of Culture 2013-14 for its line up of events involving the whole community. Details of the Portumna Culture Night activities, which are taking places as part of this year’s Shorelines Festival, can be seen in the front page of the Connacht Tribune Lifestyle section.

Clarinbridge Culture Night kicks off from 3pm in the village’s parish hall, with exhibitions showcasing art, local historic pieces, craft and videos. From 4pm there will be a pop-up café, a drama group session, a history talk of the parish hall and some readings. The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet will be performing there at 9pm and Culture Night will wrap with some traditional Irish music.

West of the county some Culture Night highlights include events in Clifden and on Inishlacken and Inisbofin Islands.

Weather permitting, members of the public are invited to a day on Inishlacken Island from 2pm where there will be an exhibition featuring the work of the Inishlacken Project artists in residence. Soul landscape/Presiding Spirits includes work by Mick O’Dea, Margaret Irwin, Pearl Kinnear, Caroline Wright, Kathleen Furey, Eamon Colman,  Joseph McWilliams, Catherine McWilliams, Simon McWilliams, Gavin Lavelle, Jennifer Cunningham, Helen McDonnell, Rosie McGurran, Susan McKeever, Leonie King, Deborah Watkins, Catherine Gaston, Jay Murphy and Gerard Dillon. The exhibition will open with a traditional music session and poetry reading by Belfast poet Maria McManus.

In Clifden, the Tullyvoheen Residents’ Association and St Joseph’s Court Residents Association are hosting a Culture at the Courtyard afternoon from 4-8pm in the Courtyard of the Station House Hotel (weather permitting), showcasing traditions such as music, song, dance, art, crafts and traditional crafts.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Work for children of all ages in extended Baboró programme

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Grand Soft Day, a new co-production from Branar is for children aged three to six.

The 26th annual Baboró International Arts Festival for Children will take place from Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 23, in theatres, galleries, schools and communities in Galway City and County.

This year’s extended 10-day festival will have more than 50 live events, presented by companies from all over Ireland and Europe, including Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and England.

These will include a special collection of European work made for children up to six years, as well as residencies in special schools and child-led projects.

Children aged eight and older are invited to join the surreal world of Der Lauf, where nothing is quite as it seems. In this show, two circus performers from Belgian company Le Cirque du Bout du Monde, compete in a series of bizarre challenges as they juggle blindly, spin plates and stack glasses, while wearing boxing gloves. As the glasses rise, so do the stakes. The children are their only guides and will either help lead the clowns to order or towards further chaos.

Ballet Ireland will present The Glasshouse, a dance performance for children aged six and older. It is the story of Fiach, an earnest youngster who is on a mission to repopulate the world with plants and turn it green. This fun, compelling show, by exciting young choreographer Róisín Whelan, is about human courage, friendship and the determination to survive. The Glasshouse promises “moments of suspense and joy, exhilarating dancing, vibrant costumes and magical music”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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A feast of Butlers at the Kenny Gallery

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The Butler family, from left: Liam, Ronan, Lisa and Davin.

Sculptor Liam Butler will return to the City’s Kenny Gallery this Friday night, August 12, for his first exhibition in more than 10 years. The new show, Copper Roots, is an even more special occasion for Liam as it will be his first time exhibiting alongside his children, Davin, Lisa and Ronan.

Liam is a self-taught sculptor who has been creating and exhibiting work for almost 30 years. He has passed on his craft to Davin, Lisa and Ronan, teaching them the techniques he developed throughout his career, as well as his love for copper and its artistic possibilities.

In 2020, during Covid, the Butlers were all together, back home in Galway for the first time in many years. They rekindled their passion for sculpture, spending time in Liam’s workshop, creating   new work, alongside each another.

There was learning, creativity and experimentation, they say. The resulting exhibition at Kennys’ celebrates reconnecting with family roots, and passions passed on from generation to generation.

A welder by training, Liam grew up on a small farm in Kilkenny. He worked in Germany and America for years before returning to Ireland, settling in An Spidéal where he began experimenting, using the skills he learned as an industrial welder to create simple sculptures from steel.

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Sisters in perfect tune for unique musical snapshot

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Breda and Claire Keville, photographed by Nutan. (Inset) The sisters, as depicted by artist Isabel Alegria, on the cover of the album.

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“A snapshot in time,” is how musician and composer Claire Keville from Claran, near Headford, describes Music from Galway, the new CD which she and her sister Breda have just released.

With Breda on fiddle and Claire on concertina, it’s a gorgeous collection of music from all parts of Galway and beyond, a mix of slow airs, gigs, reels and marches. The sisters are accompanied by guitarist and longtime musical friend Terence O’Reilly on several tracks, which they recorded in the studio of his East Clare home in April of this year.

Claire, a French and Music teacher in Coláiste Iognáid (the Jes) in the city for the past decade, and Breda, who works as a radiation therapist in UHG, have previously released solo albums. Breda’s, The Hop Down, was released in 2006 and The Daisy Field, from Clare came out in 2009. Each guested on the other’s album, but this is their first joint recording, a project they’d been discussing for years.

When it did finally happen, it came together a lot more quickly than either of them had anticipated.

“I didn’t think we’d have it done this year,” says Breda, as Claire recalls that they discussed its timeframe in April, while driving from Galway to Terence’s home in Clare.

After that first day, when they recorded 10 tracks and realised that most of them would make the album, they reckoned it was achievable. Another session in An Spidéal with musician, ‘talented engineer and general all-rounder’,  Ronan Browne, convinced them it was and Music from Galway was launched at the Willie Clancy Festival in Miltown Malbay in July.

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