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Drogheda Borough Council shortlisted for two Excellence in Local Government Awards
Drogheda Borough Council has been nominated for two awards in the sixth annual Excellence in Local Government Awards to be presented on October 28 by Chambers Ireland in association with the Department of the Environment, Heritage, Local Government.
The Council is shortlisted for the Arts & Culture Award in recognition of its organisation and support of Drogheda Arts Festival while a further short-listing under the Waste Management Award arises from the Council’s work with Drogheda Breakfast Club on the ‘Big Hog’ food waste recycling project in Rathmullen.
Held over six days in early May each year since 2004, the Drogheda Arts Festival features exhibitions and performances across a range of genres by local, national and international artists. Driven by Drogheda Borough Council and Louth Local Authorities, the festival involves a partnership with local arts organisations including Droichead Arts Centre and Highlanes Gallery while the business community is also increasingly involved through active engagement with Drogheda & District Chamber.
Welcoming the double short-listing, Cllr Michael O’Dowd, Mayor of Drogheda said: “Local authorities face particular challenges in service delivery given the current state of their finances. This recognition of Drogheda Borough Council for two particular strands of work is particularly welcome given the ongoing need to work in partnership with communities and business to deliver at a local level. It is all about building lasting relationships that deliver for all the parties involved and this Council is committed to continued innovation in how we work with external partners.”
Des Foley, Town Clerk, Drogheda Borough Council added: “The elected members and staff of the Council work hard to deliver a wide array of services efficiently and cost-effectively. This short-listing for two national awards is welcome acknowledgment of some of the work done in serving the local community. There is no doubt that – in common with other public bodies – this and other local authorities face pressures at this time but that only makes us more determined to continue working to deliver for Drogheda.”
Commenting on the arts and culture short-listing, Patricia Rooney, President, Drogheda & District Chamber said the Chamber is “delighted” to see the Council’s work recognised. “The commitment to the arts in Drogheda is exceptional. The annual arts festival goes from strength to strength and is now well established. The Council is to be commended for committing resources and finance to the arts – especially at a time of straitened finances when it can perhaps seem a soft target.”
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Managing through the Downturn: Key Legal and Finance Management Issues for Arts Organisations Today
26 March 2010
A seminar organised by CityArts with the support of the Arts Council and logistical backup by Business to Arts.
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Aimed at Directors, General Managers and Board Members of Arts Council-funded arts organisations, this seminar will address the current critical legal and financial challenges the arts are facing.
The seminar is free but places are limited to 2 per organisation and are confined to organisations who are funded by the Arts Council for logistical reasons.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
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Closing date for booking is Monday, March 22, 2010 at 17.00 hrs
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 .
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One of the world’s greatest composers, Russian born Sofia Gubaidulina will bring her world renowned contemporary music to the Drogheda Arts Festival on the evening of the 1st May.
Gubaidulina (pronounced ‘goo-bye-DOO-lee-nah) who is visiting Ireland for the first time, will attend a composer portrait concert at 8pm on 1 May 2010 in St Peter’s Church, Drogheda in which highly acclaimed performers including Ivan Monighetti, the Dublin Guitar Quartet, Malachy Robinson, the Heath Quartet, The Oriel Trio and Dermot Dunne will perform a range of her works.
The concert is the latest of several high profile art music events organised by the Louth Contemporary Music Society, to bring world renowned composers to Ireland, previously having successfully featured, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Valentyn Silvestov.
Eamonn Quinn, Artistic Director with the LCMS, spoke about the forthcoming event.
“We are proud to be able to attract such major contemporary musical events to the area and host such high calibre composers who have chosen to have their music performed in Ireland.”
“It is very exciting to be able to bring the works of Gubaidulina here to Ireland. She has been called the greatest Russian composer at work today since Shostakovich.”
“We are a small society trying to make a big difference to Contemporary music in Ireland. We are becoming more recognised internationally and this has helped us to attract such important composers and performers to attend and participate in our music events,” he said.
“The ‘Fire and the Rose’ performance will be a significant cultural event for Ireland, as it is the first composer portrait of Gubaidulina with the composer present in Ireland.”
Born in 1931 in the Tartar region of the former Soviet Union, performance of her works was forbidden and she was subject to the severest of repression. Now, her music, which was unknown in the West before the Iron Curtain fell, is in great demand by artists all over the world.
Her unique music is marked by the use of unusual instrumental combinations and tunings and shows her interest in folk and ritual instruments from Russia, the Caucasus region and Asia.
Sometimes, fiery and sometimes as soft as a rose, her music includes elements of Christian spirituality, musical symbolism, unique structures derived from fragmentation and repetition of simple material. Early on in her career, she was supported by Dmitri Shostakovich who recognised the musical gift that she possesses.
In 2007, Gubaidulina was the first woman composer to be spotlighted by the BBC during its annual ‘composer weekend’ in London and she has been awarded many prestigious awards including the Prix de Monaco in 1987 and the Living Composer Prize of the Cannes Classical Awards in 2003.
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 event is funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and financially supported by the Drogheda Arts Festival and Louth County Council.
A free viewing of the Barrie Gavin film ‘A Fire and a Rose’ about the life and work of Gubaidulina scripted by Gerard McBurney will take place at 5pm in Barlow House on the 1 May 2010
Tickets for the performance priced €15 are available from www.centralticketbureau.com and Highlanes Gallery, Laurence St, Drogheda Telephone: +353 (0)41 9807114. Tickets for the screening of the film the Fire and the Rose are available from the festival box office in Highlanes.
The Fire and the Rose is part of the Drogheda Arts Festival. The Drogheda Arts Festival will run at various venues in Drogheda from 1-4 May 2010. For programme details and biographies of Gulaidulina and the performers see www.louthcms.org www.droghedaartsfestival.ie and www.createlouth.ie
Gubaidulina Reflection on a Theme B-A-C-H Heath Quartet
Bach Cello Suite Ivan Monighetti
Gubaidulina Garden of Joy and Sorrow The Oriel Trio
Gubaidulina In Croce Dermot Dunne + Ivan Monighetti
Gubaidulina Repentance Ivan Monighetti, Dublin Guitar Quartet + Malachy Robinson.
Full biographies and images available here
Critics have been unanimously glowing in their reviews of Gubaidulina’s most distinctive work In tempus praesens. in recent years, describing the concerto as “luminous and deeply expressive,” “fervent and gripping.” Mutter’s new recording of Gubaidulina’s concerto on Deutsche Grammophon has shot to the top of classical releases.
Cheryl North S.F. Symphony Review: Masur, Gubaidulina make out-of-this-world music in Davies Hall
Review of Gubaidulina’s Canticle of the Sun
Clip of Anne-Sophie Mutter performing Gubaidulina
Kurt Masur talks about Gubaidulina’s Two Path’s. He will conduct the work for the
New York Philharmonic in April 2011.
Version of Repentance ( Pentimento) for 3 guitars and cello.
European Ideas Competition: Find a “Common Thread for the Commission
As part of its new architectural policy, the European Commission is launching a European competition to find ideas for a ‘Common Thread for the Commission’, or ideas to give the buildings and building clusters that it occupies in the cities of Brussels and Luxembourg a symbolic common thread with the aim of making the Commission more visible and recognisable to the general public.
The competition is open to students who are EU citizens and enrolled at an institute of higher education in architecture, art, design or other discipline such as fine arts, graphic arts, visual communication, graphic design or a related discipline.
The competition winner will receive €3,000 and the second and third prize winners will receive €2,000 and €1,000 each, respectively. The competition winner and the two runners up will also be invited to a prize-giving ceremony in Brussels in December 2010. Their travel and accommodation expenses for participating in the prize-giving ceremony will be covered by the Commission.
The deadline for uploading entries to the competition is midnight, Brussels time, on 30 September 2010.
For further information about the competition go to: http://ec.europa.eu/fil-rouge/index_en.htm
Louth Music Education Partnership have advertised for a Coordinator for Music Generation Louth.
The job description and application form are available to download by going to the Co.Louth VEC website.
What role might music-related outreach initiatives play in the revitalization of urban communities?
How does music interact with other cultural practices in fostering community and renewal in the city? What form might an effective community outreach music project take? What methods might be used to assess the impact of such a project? These are some of the defining questions of an exciting new funded three-year PhD research project based in the Department of Music at University College Cork (UCC). This research will be interdisciplinary in scope, with methodologies potentially drawn from ethnography, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, cultural geography and the sociology of music.
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