Feast of free fun for Cul­ture Night

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

COUNTY Wex­ford will come alive for Cul­ture Night on Septem­ber 21 with a feast of free events in­clud­ing mu­si­cal per­for­mances, dance, the­atre, art, film, sto­ry­telling and even yarn-bomb­ing.

The Gorey based artist and cu­ra­tor Richard Carr who re­cently had a solo ex­hi­bi­tion at the Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in London, has been named as Wex­ford’s 2018 re­gional Cul­ture Night Am­bas­sador, act­ing as a lo­cal ad­vo­cate for the event.

‘Wex­ford is a county that trea­sures its com­mu­ni­ties, wel­comes its vis­i­tors and cel­e­brates its di­ver­sity and all of this will be show­cased on Cul­ture Night. At the heart of ev­ery cul­tural land­scape there has to be a fo­cus on artists and cul­tural prac­ti­tion­ers and Wex­ford is be­gin­ning to lead in this field’, said Richard.

COUNTY WEX­FORD EVENTS • A Cul­ture Slam will take place at En­nis­cor­thy Cas­tle from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in con­junc­tion with Wex­ford Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val with per­for­mances by writ­ers, po­ets, singers, dancers and play­wrights across all gen­res in­clud­ing John Paul O’Reilly and Maura Flan­nery.

• At the Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre in En­nis­cor­thy vis­i­tors can view a mixed me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion by Kate Tyrrell who has used nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als to cap­ture the beauty of the sea in a frame. Chil­dren’s art work­shops re­lated to the ex­hi­bi­tion will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All ages are wel­come.

• Hook Light­house will re­main open late for Cul­ture night with free guided tours at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Places must be booked in ad­vance on www.hookher­itage. As you climb the steps to the me­dieval light­house tower, you will meet var­i­ous cos­tumed char­ac­ters in­clud­ing St. Dub­hán who kept watch over sea­far­ers in the 5th cen­tury, the ‘great­est knight that ever lived’ Wil­liam Mar­shall and the man be­hind the con­struc­tion of the an­cient tower while en­joy­ing breath­tak­ing views of the south east coast­line and lis­ten­ing to real-life sto­ries about what life was like on a lonely light­house. • Con­tem­po­rary Ir­ish artist Erin O’Con­nor is invit­ing cul­ture vul­tures to his Art Box Gallery in Es­monde Street, Gorey to view live paint­ing demon­stra­tions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Gorey Art Col­lec­tive in St. Michael’s Place, a newly-es­tab­lished stu­dio space for lo­cal artists where mem­bers work along­side artists with dis­abil­i­ties from the Cam­phill Com­mu­nity, is host­ing an open night from Open stu­dio night from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Art­works will be on dis­play and mem­bers of the pub­lic can have a chat with the artists who cre­ated them. Artist Kate Kos will give a demon­stra­tion of water­colour tech­niques and artist Sara Red­mond, owner of Dif­fer­ent Strokes Artshop will en­cour­age vis­i­tors to make their mark us­ing var­i­ous medi­ums from acrylic paint to pas­tels on a large stretched can­vas to dis­play in the win­dow of her shop. • Gorey School of Art in St. Michael’s Place, Mill Lands is of­fer­ing free work­shops in ra­dio (with Mayte Gon­za­lez and Tony McGuin­ness), print­mak­ing (with An­drea McCorry), an art his­tory taster class (with Ni­cola Doyle) and chil­drens art and crafts (with Shan­non O’Bracken) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. along with a film screen­ing in their state-of-the-art cin­ema. Ad­vance book­ing es­sen­tial. St. Michael’s Road, Mill Lands, Gorey.

• The Book Cafe in Gorey is host­ing an evening of mu­sic, po­etry and read­ings from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on the Main Street in Gorey.

• An evening of read­ings and mu­sic will take place in Gorey Vis­i­tor Cen­tre from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. along with the launch of Ir­ish au­thor Nuala O’ Con­nor’s lat­est novel ‘ Be­com­ing Belle’. Lo­cal au­thor Sheila Forsey will read from her first novel ‘Mend­ing Lace’ which was pub­lished last year and mu­sic will be pro­vided by by Anne Colgan. • Tra­di­tional mu­sic ses­sions will be held at the Loch Gar­man Arms and French’s Bar in Gorey. • Cul­ture night vis­i­tors are in­vited to view a free screen­ing of the open­ing night film ‘An­other News Story’ at the sixth an­nual Doc­u­men­tary Film Fes­ti­val in the Stella Maris Cen­tre in Kil­more Quay from 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m., in­clud­ing a post-screen­ing talk with the film­maker Or­ban Wal­lace and a panel of speak­ers and an open­ing night re­cep­tion.

• In Wex­ford town, Tara McGinn will present an au­dio vis­ual in­stal­la­tion at the Light and Shadow Stu­dio in 24 Sel­skar Street. about the po­ten­tial of un­used space in­clud­ing derelict sites, empty shops and blank bill­boards. Tara is a grad­u­ate of the Wex­ford Cam­pus School of Art and De­sign and is cur­rently com­plet­ing a Mas­ter of Fine Art at the Belfast School of Art at Ul­ster Univer­sity.

• Wex­ford County Coun­cil’s new new Cre­ative Hub at the Bull­ring Mall will of­fi­cially open its doors on Cul­ture Night with an ex­cit­ing selec­tion of pop-up per­for­mances. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pub­lic ac­cess is from Mallin Street or the Main Street. • Riff Raff The­atre will per­form their new play TripX­tych on the streets of Wex­ford town for Cul­ture Night - an oudoor com­edy based on be­ing out of work, home­less, un­well and fe­male. Per­for­mances in the Bull­ring at 4.45 p.m., Sel­skar Square at 5.30 p.m. and be­side Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre at 8.30 p.m.. • Wex­ford Drama Group will make a re­turn visit to Wex­ford Library for a per­for­mance of an ex­cerpt from the Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey at 4.30 p.m.

• Ce­oltóiri Loch Gar­man and the Sarah Sul­li­van Academy of Ir­ish Danc­ing will presnt an evening of tra­di­tional mu­sic, song and dance at The Bull­ring from 6.45 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. • The nine-piece acapella cham­ber choir Valda, will per­form at Sel­skar Abbey from 7.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Wex­ford Ladies Choir will present a selec­tion of songs from pop­u­lar mu­si­cals, church mu­si­cals and other well-known pieces in St. Iberius Church from 7 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

• Red Moon Cre­ative Arts will present ‘Grainne’s Gar­den’, an in­ter­ac­tive fam­ily show for the very young and the young at heart in per­for­mances at 5.15 p.m. and 6.15 p.m. in the Bull­ring.

• The Wex­ford School of Bal­let and Per­form­ing Arts will show­case the work of stu­dents in a per­for­mance at the Na­tional Opera House from 5.45 p.m. to 6.15 p.m.

• Mem­bers of the Sheila Grace Dance Com­pany will per­form var­i­ous dance styles in Sel­skar Square from 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., in­clud­ing hip-hop, jazz, mu­si­cal the­atre and lyri­cal dance ahead of a per­for­mance on the Dis­ney­land stage in Oc­to­ber. • Stu­dents from the Wex­ford Cam­pus of the Ir­ish Col­lege of Mu­sic The­atre in the Na­tional Opera House will present scenes from My Fair Lady, Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Matilda, An­nie and the Ti­tanic from 6.15 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. in the Opera House.

• Tra­di­tional Ir­ish harp player Mol­lie Car­roll (13), a mem­ber of the County Wex­ford harp En­sem­ble will give a solo out­door per­for­mance in the grounds of Sel­skar Abbey at 7 p.m.

• The Quay Notes com­mu­nity choir which per­forms songs from all over the world, will present a sam­ple selec­tion in the na­tional Opera House from 7.15 p.m. to 7.45 p.m..

• Oys­ter Lane The­atre Group will present a sneak pre­view of their Oc­to­ber 2018 pro­duc­tion Michael Collins a Mu­si­cal Drama at the Bal­last Bar in the Tal­bot Ho­tel at 7.30 p.m. • Stu­dents of Dis­cov­er­ing Drama will per­form a 20-minute play at the Na­tional Opera House at 5.15 p.m., tak­ing a look at 21st cen­tury com­mu­ni­ca­tion. • The 77-year old Wex­ford Male Voice Choir will per­form pieces from their vast reper­toire at 7.30 p.m. in St. Iberius Church. • Wex­ford Sin­fo­nia will per­form light cham­ber mu­sic with a mix­ture of duets, quar­tets and larger string groups on a range of or­ches­tral in­stru­ments from 6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in St. Iberius Church.

• In the Na­tional Opera House from 8.15 to 8.45 p.m., con­tem­po­rary dancer Deirdre Grant, ac­com­pa­nied by com­poser/gui­tarist Nick Day will show­case a new avant garde dance work shaped around Lewis Car­roll’s po­etry with songs and dance/ sound­scapes in­spired by his writ­ings of ‘Alice.

• The six-part fe­male acapella group Credo will per­form in the Church of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion in Rowe Street from 8.30 p.m. to 9 p.m., singing a va­ri­ety of sec­u­lar and non-sec­u­lar mu­sic.

• The Loch Gar­man Band will per­form in Sel­skar Abbey, en­ter­tain­ing with a selec­tion of pop­u­lar film mu­sic from James Bond, Star Wars, Pi­rates of the Caribbean and more, from 8 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.. Sax­o­phone quar­tet Sax­ol­ogy will play a selec­tion of jazz, clas­si­cal and pop ar­range­ments in St. Iberius Church from 8.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.. • Wex­ford Stu­dio The­atre will present Hello Johnny, a one­man one act play at the Na­tional Opera House, tak­ing a look at men­tal health and the use of psy­chotropic drugs, from 8.45 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. • Stage­frights will present a con­cert of well-known pop­u­lar songs ar­ranged to be sung acapella with lay­ers of har­mony and vo­cal per­cus­sion, from 8 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. in St. Iberius Church. • In a yarn-bomb­ing ini­tia­tive, the Ac­cess com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme’s knit­ting and cro­chet group will dec­o­rate the Sel­skar area and Sel­skar Abbey with hand-made cre­ations from 4.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. while Wex­ford Craftism will add a sim­i­lar splash of colour to the Bull­ring from 4 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. A weav­ing demon­stra­tion will be given by Doreen Ryan who re­cently re­turned from a res­i­dency ex­plor­ing back strap weav­ing pro­cesses in Mex­ico.

There will be free guided tours of Hook Light­house.

Young harpist Mol­lie Car­roll will give a solo per­for­mance in the grounds of Sel­skar Abbey.

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