Culture Night is back!
On the evening of Friday September 17th Leitrim will come alive once more with a host of free events across the county, showcasing Leitrim’s culture and creativity for Culture Night 2021. Events will be taking place both live and online across the county from Ballinamore to Glenfarne to Carrick on Shannon so start planning your evening now! Places are limited for all live events so book early.
Ballinamore Writers’ Group will celebrate the launch of ‘Reflections’ - a compilation of writings from the group on Culture Night in the newly renovated Island Theatre and online and in Glenfarne at the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance between 5pm and 7pm artists Róisín Loughrey, Michael McLoughlin will give a sneak preview into how the project they are developing, Silent Waltz, is developing. This is a chance to see what it is all about and to get involved yourself while in Kiltyclogher this year Leitrim Cycling Festival has invited artist and inventor Paddy Bloomer to bring his wandering bandstand to Kiltyclogher from 7pm until 8.30pm.
The Manorhamilton, North Leitrim 2021 Culture Night will bring together exhibitions, public demo’s, open studios; live events, music and local food in an evening that celebrates some of the diverse art-forms practiced across the County and the North West. Organised by Leitrim Sculpture Centre (LSC) in collaboration with the Glens Centre and the Fulacht Fiadh Café, based at Manorhamilton Castle, the packed line-up provides for a fun and entertaining evening for all.
Leitrim Library Service are hosting two online sessions - Leitrim Local Studies Session for those interested in the history, archaeology, genealogy, literature, culture and heritage; and Get Your Book Club Back on Track for book-clubs that halted as a result of the pandemic and might need a hand to get back on track.
Also hosting two sessions is Music Generation Leitrim. Music Technology for Teens is an exciting opportunity for teenagers to explore the possibilities in creating songs and music using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for 14 – 17 year olds while fans of trad can join them from The Glens Centre for Traditional Irish tunes and airs from the directors of the Music Generation Leitrim’s Youth Trad Orchestra John Carty, Lorraine Sweeney, Aidan Shannon along with guest artist renowned composer and performer Michael Rooney.
Online from Manorhamilton Rabbits Riot Theatre Company present their new play Sugar, Sugar featuring Rebecca Malone, directed by Sonia Norris and filmed by Jonas Dellow while in Rossinver the Rossinver Youth and Community Project are welcoming all local adults to join us for the first session of the new ‘North Leitrim Art Club’! In Drumshanbo you can join Áirc Damhsa Culture Club’s Open Stage on Culture Night at the Danú Outdoor Amphitheatre in Drumshanbo where members will showcase performance pieces that have been developed over the past year. Six especially commissioned performance pieces will premiere on the evening.
With the Cornmill Theatre in Carrigallen you can dip your toe into the world of playwriting with The Corn Mill Theatre’s Page To Stage Script Writing course while the Solas Gallery in Ballinamore will once more host an exciting event as part of national Culture Night when their invited exhibiting artist Elizabeth Kinsella will share some insights on her practise and her life as an artist and lecturer while Richard Nelson and Philip Tierney will provide music on the night.
The Dock will open its doors to the public with a free outdoor screening at 6pm of the award-winning film by Abbas Kiarostami The Wind Will Carry Us (Bad Ma Ra Khahad Bord) and free guided tours of The Dock galleries featuring the work of three artists; Jackie McKenna, Bassam Al-Sabah and Atoosa Pour Hosseini will be available from 5pm to 7pm. Crafting the Light is a short film that will be premiered by The Leitrim Design House showcasing the rich vein of creativity that lies within County Leitrim’s creative sector, capturing a response from the craft community during a time of reflection, growth and creativity.
Finally, as part of the national Poetrytown programme, Leitrim's 2021 Poet Laureate Vincent Woods will premiere a new poem that he has been commissioned to write that honours and reflects Carrick on Shannon and its people. Alongside the first public reading of this work, we will also have poetry written and read by Leitrim's own Stephen Murphy and Róisín Kelly as well as music and song by the wonderful Ailie Blunnie.
Poetry Town is an initiative of Poetry Ireland in partnership with Local Authority Arts Offices with the aim of making poetry the beating heart of community life. It runs from the 10th to the 18th September and this year we are delighted that Carrick on Shannon is one of 20 Poetry Towns across the island of Ireland selected to take part.
In addition to the ticketed events – for which you can find details and book here – there are workshops ongoing with school and community groups with Gerry Boland, Mary Branley, Róisín Kelly and Stephen Murphy, and around the town you may come across ‘Poetry Underfoot‘ – a Rain Paint installation at the quay wall in front of the Old Barrell Store which features a line of poetry from the new work written for Poetry Town by Carrick on Shannon’s poet laureate Vincent Woods; ‘The Poetry of Languages’ which sees the windows of Carrick Library and NCBI adorned with quotes of poetry in numerous languages chosen by the Leitrim International Community Group; and at participating Cafes and Chemists, patrons can pick up a postcard poem provided by Poetry Ireland to enjoy as you have your coffee or await a prescription.
Leitrim County Council Publishes 2021 Arts Programme Deadlines and Funding Opportunities
Leitrim County Council Arts Office has published application details and closing dates for a number of funding programmes that artists and arts organisations can apply for this year. The Arts Office has also published details of other programmes where community groups, youth groups, businesses, schools etc. can become involved in creative projects.
Details and links to all opportunities are below.