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Fun for all the family at annual CurraFest

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The 2013 CurraFest Outdoor Music Festival will take place on Sunday, June 23 at McCormack’s Bar and Music Venue, Curra, Kylebrack.

This annual festival is held as tribute to local woman Niamh Monahan, who lost her battle with cancer in June 2010 at the age of 30. Since its debut, the successful festival has raised vital funds for charities including Galway Hospice Foundation and as of this year, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

The 2013 CurraFest will have live music all day from some of Ireland’s finest music acts along with live DJs, acoustic sessions and a Kidszone for the youngsters. Kicking off at 1.30pm will be Galway’s trad/rock super group Furry Village. They have reformed especially for this event and promise to deliver an amazing start to the day.

Also taking part are top original and cover acts Bluemoose, who perform an evolving repertoire of classic rock, dirty pop and anthemic show stoppers.

The Amazing Apples, who have had a brilliant year since the 2012 festival, make a welcome return. Highlights since they last played CurraFest include a rocking performance at the Electric Picnic, a fabulous show with The Saw Doctors at The Volvo Ocean Race, a debut original EP which went straight to number one on the download charts, headlining the St Patrick’s Day Festival in Bucharest, Romania, and opening for Mumford and Sons and Damien Dempsey.

Returning this year are Big Generator, who have been major supporters of CurraFest since the beginning. Big Generator found success early in their career with three Top 20 singles, two EPs, two albums, two record deals and multiple tours with bands such as Whitesnake, Ocean Colour Scene and Joe Satriani.

Performing on the main stage this year are four-piece rock band Who Knows. The members all hail from Galway, with Dave Gardiner and Senan Drury of the group being two of the organiser’s of the CurraFest.

Hot Fuss, one of Ireland’s premier pop/rock bands are also taking part.  And also included on the bill are Leading Armies; a six-piece funk-rock, reggae tinged band from Limerick who are renowned for their high-octane live shows and six-part harmony vocals.  More amazing acts include Lunar Playground, fronted by fantastic vocalist Jennifer Stratton and the Voice of Ireland’s John Gaughan.

There will be with acoustic sessions from the Hooch Hikers, 3Points, 28 Spaces and Whitewater Rafting.  The day also incorporates Live DJ sets, featuring iRadio’s Fergal D’Arcy, DJ Robbie and DJ 4D.

The hosts of the festival, McCormack’s Bar & Music Venue, will also be bringing people a night of entertainment on Saturday, June 22 in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. This promises to be a superb evening of dancing as Sean Slattery & the Connections take to the stage in the Marquee, supported by John Gaughan.  Sean Slattery & the Connections perform a large repertoire, from all-time party favourites to the classics spanning the last four decades and today’s popular music.

 McCormack’s Bar will also be cooking delicious food and offering some of their finest bubbly, which is included in the ticket price for Saturday night. Tickets that event are available at McCormack’s Bar for €12 and are on sale now. 

Tickets for CurraFest on June 23 cost just €15 with no admission fee for children under 12 years. Tickets are now on sale and for a limited time, people can avail of a special Early Bird offer. The tickets are available online at www.currafest.ie and through local outlets, which are listed on their website. Even if people can’t attend, buying a ticket is a great way to support both Galway Hospice and Our Lady’s Children Hospital, Crumlin.

Gates open at 12.30pm and for information on parking, bus timetables, special requirements, or even to volunteer, visit www.currafest.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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