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Kinvara exhibition and film put spotlight on Palestine

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Gaza Ark, by Asmaa Seba, part of an exhibition taking place in Kinvara next week for PalFest.

A new arts festival, PalFest Ireland, is taking place nationwide next week, from July 8-11, in solidarity with the people of Palestine.  It marks the first anniversary of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza when over 2,100 people were killed, including more than 500 children.

Kinvara Area Visual Arts is hosting two events as part of PalFest.

The first is a film screening at 7.30pm next Thursday, July 9 in the Courthouse, Kinvara

Abdication is the final part of a three-part documentary series called ‘Palestine’ made in 1979 for Thames TV.  It was written and directed by Richard Broad who now lives in Kinvara, and it covers the years of British rule in Palestine through the tragic decades that lead up to the establishment of the state of Israel, and the Palestinian Diaspora in 1948.

The series won an Emmy and was described by the Financial Times as “one of the best and most scrupulous television documentaries ever made on any subject. A superb piece of work”.

Abdication gives an insight into the roots of one of the world’s most intractable political problems and is still crucially relevant, despite being made nearly 40 years ago.

Richard Broad has made over 90 major documentaries on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from histories to films on the environment and social issues.

He came to Ireland in 1982  to make the five-part Thames TV series ‘The Troubles’ on the causes of the Northern Ireland problem and liked the country where he was to meet his future Irish wife. In 1996 he retired to live in Kinvara.

Richard will introduce the film and briefly summarise the first two programmes.

The series’ researcher, Taylor Downing, who went on to become a distinguished film-maker, historian and writer, will also attend.

Both will answer questions after the screening as part of a wider discussion.

The second PalFest event is photography exhibition called Fishermen of Gaza by Algerian photographer Asmaa Seba.  It will be open from 6pm next Thursday in the Courthouse, in conjunction with Abdication.  It will also be open to the public on Friday 10th 10am to 3pm.

 

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Fun and laughter promised in Harry Potter parody show

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Potted Potter is visiting Galway as part of an Irish tour.

The Olivier Award nominated Potted Potter, The Unauthorised Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff, visits Galway’s Town Hall Theatre from this Thursday to Sunday, August 18-21. Having played to sold-out houses all over the world, it’s visiting Galway as part of an Irish tour.

The show takes on the challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes.

Performed by Jan Martin and Paul Brown, Potted Potter contains all the central characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic.

Created by double-Olivier Award Best Entertainment nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter has been seen by over a million muggles around the world since its 2006 premiere. It played 30 weeks off-Broadway across two sold-out seasons, as well as having five West End runs, and multiple North American and Australasian tours.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Talk and workshop to accompany Twofold

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Artists and sisters Susan Campbell and Paula Hickey whose new show opens in Kinvara this Friday evening.

Twofold, joint exhibition from artist sisters Susan Campbell and Paula Hickey will open this Friday evening at 6pm, at the Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, hosted by KAVA arts. It will run until Sunday, August 28,  with a talk and a workshop next week to coincide with the show.

Susan and Paula describe Twofold as their response to the dynamic processes and equilibriums found in nature.

Using a range of mediums, it references water cycles, geological formations and flora, including those local to the Burren.

Susan who lives in Wicklow, has a Higher National Diploma fine art, and an MPhil and PhD art history, who is now integrating her creative and research interests. She is concerned with natural dynamics, the structures that underly reality and the relationships between things. Paula who is based in Leeds, and who has a BA in graphic design and MA in creative practice, is a regular visitor to Kinvara. Her process is rooted in material play, through which, she believes, the more elusive aspects of human existence can be explored.

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

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Mike Denver and guests in Salthill

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Mike Denver.

Mike Denver, one of Galway’s favourite singers, will return to Leisureland on Friday, August 26, delighted to be back on the road properly again.

Mike’s popularity led to him being voted Entertainer of the Year 2016,  together with having his album, Cut Loose, named Number One album of the Year at the ACMA Awards on RTÉ TV. To date, he has had 15 hit albums and five DVDs.

Having gathered a huge following in Ireland, North and South, he’s now making inroads in the  UK.

With his excellent backing band Mike will present a high-energy, two-and-a-half-hour show at Leisureland, which will feature all his hits, including Tommy K, Wasn’t that a Party, Galway Girl and Blown Away, alongside other hits from the 1960s and 1970s. He will be joined on the night by special guests and  Country legends, Brendan Shine and Ray Lynam.

■ Tickets for MIke’s show in Leisureland on Friday, August 26, are available at Kelly’s Foodstore Clarinbridge, Tel 091-796105 and from Ticketmaster.ie

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