A day of exploration of the Self through the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh is planned at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, in the poet’s native village of Inniskeen for Saturday 3rd March from 10am to 4pm.
Dr Reamonn O Donnchadha, psychotherapist, university lecturer and author, will explore with participants aspects of psychology, the Self, and personal change. The facilitator is a Jungian therapist and author of The Confident Child, and Be Confident. He will weave the psychology of C G Jung and the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh into a meaningful fabric of personal meaning.
For information and booking please phone the Patrick Kavanagh Centre on 00353(0) 42 93 78560
www.patrickkavanaghcountry.com Admission fee: €50 (Prior booking is essential).
‘A True Note on a Slack String’
BRIGID’S CROSSES TO WREN BOYS
Customs and Traditions of the Festival Days in the Irish folklore calendar, beginning with St. Brigid’s Day (1 Feb).
Bairbre Ní Fhloinn Lecturer in Irish Folklore. U.C.D.
Wed 25 Jan 2012 8pm
Governor’s House, Millmount, Drogheda
February 1st is St. Brigid’s Day (Lá ‘Le Bríde) and in Irish tradition is the first major festival day of the year; a day on which ancient customs and rituals, probably going back to the old Celtic Quarter DayImbolc (pron. “Ivvolg”), are still practiced in many parts of the country. Leading folklorist Bairbre Ní Fhloinn, lectures on this and on the other festival days throughout the year in the Irish calendar which were marked by special rituals or customs, and tells us of their origins and associations and their international connections.
Bairbre Ní Fhloinn lectures in Irish Folklore in University College Dublin. Her research interests include occupational lore, folk belief and associated narratives, and aspects of the work and history of the National Folkore Collection, including Travellers and their traditions. She has also been active in the field of vernacular architecture and had a particular involvement with the Heritage Council’s Mayglass Project in Co. Wexford. She has contibuted to many radio and television programmes over the years, and has also studied folklore abroad, in Helsinki and in Sardinia.
Have a go at making your own St. Brigid’s Cross on the night!
Old Drogheda Society bookstall on the night.
www.millmount.net 041 9833097
Exciting programme of events announced for 2010 Drogheda Arts Festival
May bank holiday weekend – Friday 30th April to 3rd May 2010.
The Drogheda Arts Festival has announced another exciting and varied programme for the 2010 Festival kicking off on Friday 30th April. The festival, which runs over the May bank holiday weekend, will host an exciting lineup of local, national, and international artists including the first visit to Ireland by acclaimed Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, a world premiere of a work by Conall Quinn from Upstate Live, music, visual art, family fun and outdoor celebration, and lots more. There is only one place to be this bank holiday weekend – Drogheda!
Friday 30th April will see the official opening of the Festival in the Highlanes Gallery. The Marienbad Palace, a visual art exhibition curated by Jacqui McIntosh is divided between two venues in the town, the Droichead Arts Centre and the Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery. ‘The Marienbad Palace’ brings together works by Laura Buckley, Diana Copperwhite, Jorge De La Garza, Alicja Kwade, Haroon Mirza and Ian Monroe. The exhibition, which includes collage, painting, sculpture, installation and video, takes its title from JG Ballard’s 1989 short story ‘The Enormous Space’ and Alain Resnais’ seminal 1961 film ‘Last Year in Marienbad’. The exhibition explores ideas of reality in a world where virtual reality is always competing with accepted notions of time and space. ‘The Marienbad Palace’ has been commissioned exclusively for Drogheda Arts Festival.
Over the past few years, Louth Contemporary Music Society has brought world renowned composers to Louth, including Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Valentyn Silvestrov. This year they are delighted to welcome Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina to the town as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival. One of the world’s greatest composers, Sofia Gubaidulina will visit Ireland for the first time to attend a concert celebrating her work. Entitled The Fire and the Rose: the Music of Sofia Gubaidulina, the concert which will take place in St Peter’s Church, Drogheda on May 1st, and will be preceded earlier in the day by the showing of a film on her life and work in the Droichead Arts Centre
Also Saturday 1st May West Street running through the heart of the town will become ‘West Street Wonderland’ for one day only! The Festival aims to revitalize for this day some of the empty spaces on the street, transforming Drogheda’s main artery with music, outdoor performances, and workshops. The emphasis will be on participation and fun, with opportunities for all ages to engage with artists and theatre practitioners.
The other side of the river on Saturday and Sunday will see the Drogheda Spring Food Festival, located on the Waterfront, Scotch Hall. Experience this two-day mini-festival of food offering the tastes and delights of the local food connoisseurs, a farmers market, craft butchers, restaurant tastings, ‘grow your own’ demonstrations and wine seminars.
Theatre and performance also feature strongly in this year’s programme.
– UPSTATE LIVE presents the world premiere of THE ONES WHO KILL SHOOTING STARS A new play by Conall Quinn (winner of the Stewart Parker award), directed by Paul Hayes. This is a highly original entertaining and surreal tale of love and death set on a County Louth beach during World War II. Absurd, bleak and hilarious in equal measure, THE ONES WHO KILL SHOOTING STARS is commissioned by Drogheda Arts Festival, and will undertake a short national tour after its festival performances.
– A double bill from award-winning dancer/choreographer Claire Cunningham showcasing her exceptional dance technique and impressive power. ME (Mobile/Evolution) is a show woven from humorous stories; about doctors and dancing, bikes and ballet; all threaded together and balanced upon, hanging from, spinning on and swinging on crutches. ***** The Herald
– Cirque de Légume will bring their award winning new show The Cirque de Légume to Drogheda. Marvel at the Veget- animal! Enthrall at the Leek of Power! Fantasize over the Onion Strip Tease! WINNER Bewley’s Theatre Award – Dublin Fringe Festival 2009 and NOMINATED Best Male Performer – Dublin Fringe Festival 2009.
– Community involvement is a key element of the Festival and this year Droichead Youth Theatre will bring the audience on a special journey through Secondary School in a site specific theatre piece in St Mary’s Diocesan School.
The Festival once again offers a very strong music element. As well as the much anticipated visit by Sofia Gubaidulina, the other music elements will include:
– Acclaimed South Korean born pianist YOUNG-CHOON PARK performing on the magnificent grand piano in St Peter’s Church Drogheda. Young- Choon Park will be introduced by sports commentator and Lyric fm presenter, George Hamilton. “…individually refreshing, while demonstrating real passion and style as well as outstanding technical proficiency…” Sunday Times
– Music Changes Lives – the young musicians from the acclaimed RTE factual series come to Drogheda to perform at the Barbican Centre. Accompanies by other young music ensembles, this concert promises to be an opportunity to hear great music, and act as an inspiration for all children to explore their musical talents
– Dervish, who will perform for one night only on Monday 3rd May as part of their 21st anniversary celebrations.
– Grammy Award-nominated musical duo, Zero 7 (also nominated for Best British newcomer at the 2002 Brit Awards) with support by Andrew K (External Sounds) & Rob Mullen (External Sounds).
– DJ Ashley Beedle with support by Keith Kelly (External Sounds).
Other events will include a poetry reading and conversation with Poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and the much loved traditional day at Millmount which will this year be held on Sunday 2nd May, with music, craft, Celtic warriors, the firing of cannons, boat-building, and the rapidly-developing Drogheda Fringe Festival.
Full programme details can be found at: www.droghedaartsfestival.ie
The Drogheda Arts Festival is supported by: Louth Local Authorities, The Arts Council, and Fáilte Ireland.
The Fire and the Rose: the Music of Sofia Gubaidulina is presented by Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) in association with Drogheda Arts Festival. The Fire and the Rose: the Music of Sofia Gubaidulina is funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and financially supported by the Drogheda Arts Festival with supported by Louth County Council .
Gerry Lundberg Public Relations Tel: 01 679 8476 / 086 259 1070 / 087 259 1070 firstname.lastname@example.org
View the Programme here.
Create Louth Funding 2010 now online.
Louth Local Authorities operate a number of funding opportunities for individuals and organisations involved in the arts.
Please click this link to the funding page.
A talk by Donal Hall, author of “The Unreturned Army: Co Louth War Dead in the Great War 1914-1918 with following Q+A
Letters & stories from the Front
Readings/ Selected War Poetry, including Tom Kettle and Francis Ledwidge
The event will last approx. 90 mins and will include refreshments. Time: 8 pm Adm €8. All welcome. Poster attached………..
56/57 West St
041 987 3835