Cel­e­bra­tion of arts, her­itage and cul­ture

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

CUL­TURE Night will take place through­out the county on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21, of­fer­ing a rich pro­gramme of free arts and cul­tural events.

Ev­ery year Wick­low County Coun­cil Arts Of­fice par­tic­i­pates in the na­tional Cul­ture Night pro­gramme – an all-is­land cel­e­bra­tion of arts, her­itage and cul­ture, where venues and pub­lic spa­ces throw open their doors to host free late-night en­ter­tain­ment.

High­lights include a mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza in Nun’s Cross Church, Ash­ford from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with per­for­mances from award-win­ning singer-song­writer Luan Parle and Ea­mon Sweeney in the com­pany of Jes­sica Har­ris and James Ma­hon of Kila and Afro-Celt Soundsys­tem on tra­di­tional mu­sic on pipes and flute.

Lis­ten the award win­ning pi­anist Fi­achra Gar­vey and mezzo so­prano Rachel Kelly in con­cert from 8 p.m. at the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of Russ­bor­ough House, Bless­ing­ton. Their per­for­mance will ex­plore French songs, pop­u­lar opera arias and Ir­ish songs.

The Os­car nom­i­nated film ‘ The Bread­win­ner’ from Ir­ish an­i­ma­tion stu­dio Car­toon Sa­loon will be screened at the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre in Bray at 5 p.m. Based on the Deb­o­rah El­lis novel and di­rected by Nora Twomey, ‘ The Bread­win­ner’ tells the ex­traor­di­nary story of an 11-year-old Afghan girl who finds strength in the love of her fam­ily and the power of sto­ry­telling.

Grey­stones Li­brary wel­comes Karl Henry as one of Ire­land’s lead­ing per­sonal train­ers and over­all well­be­ing ex­perts. From 6.30 p.m. you can hear all about healthy liv­ing from Karl, based on his book the Healthy Liv­ing Hand­book in which he of­fers an en­cour­ag­ing, prac­ti­cal, af­ford­able and sus­tain­able plan that will help you achieve last­ing changes in your well-be­ing.

There will be an open day at Ti­na­hely Court­house Arts Cen­tre from 11 a.m., in­clud­ing Run Away with the Cir­cus: An Open Arial Stu­dio with Katie Holmes and Emily Aoib­heann from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Katie Holmes and Emily Aoib­heann are mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary artists whose medi­ums col­lec­tively span across aerial, po­etry, dance, sculp­ture and move­ment. They teach and train in Cre­ation Aerial: the stu­dio and home of con­tem­po­rary, dy­namic cir­cus and move­ment prac­tises in Dublin. Katie and Emily will trans­pose their stu­dio space to Ti­na­hely for Cul­ture Night.

You can join The Boathouse Comhal­tas group for an evening of mu­sic, dance, song and po­etry at St Pa­trick’s Na­tional School in Wick­low town from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.. There will be re­fresh­ments af­ter­wards and space is lim­ited so come early.

Bray Town Hall will host the Bray Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Tra­di­tional story-teller John Carew will re­gale his au­di­ence with his dark and hu­mor­ous tales, while lo­cal harpist Rachel Duffy is set to per­form some haunt­ing melodies. Also, on the night visi­tors will hear the win­ning po­ems and sto­ries from the Bray Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val com­pe­ti­tion win­ners, along with read­ings from young writ­ers from the lo­cal Fight­ing Words group.

One of Ire­land’s lead­ing chefs, Cather­ine Ful­vio of Bal­ly­knocken House and Cook­ery School, will be present in Bless­ing­ton Li­brary from 7.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. to talk you through some of these won­der­ful recipes, high­light­ing some quick, easy and tasty meals that will get you through the Au­tumn weeks ahead. She will be on hand to an­swer your culi­nary queries also.

Join Bray Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val this Cul­ture Night for an evening of po­etry, sto­ries and song. Tra­di­tional story-teller John Carew will re­gale his au­di­ence with his dark and hu­mor­ous tales, while lo­cal harpist Rachel Duffy is set to per­form some haunt­ing melodies.

En­niskerry Li­brary will be show­cas­ing their ‘Yarn Bomb’ in­stal­la­tion. The knit­ting project is the con­cep­tion of The En­niskery Knit­ters, and all mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity will con­trib­ute. There will be mu­sic in the li­brary in the af­ter­noon, pro­vided by lo­cal mu­si­cian Mary Fog­a­rty, who will be play­ing an eclec­tic mix of tunes for all to en­joy. It runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The launch if Ark­low’s new Se­cret Film Club takes place at 6.30 p.m. in Ark­low Li­brary, of­fer­ing a chance to see movies more reg­u­larly in your lo­cal li­brary.

Sa­cred Sounds, un­der the di­rec­tion of Brid­get Kenny, will ser­e­nade ev­ery­one at Ark­low Li­brary with ‘Songs from the Movies’ to com­ple­ment the movie club launch. All are wel­come to Songs from the Movies and please feel free to sing along from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Lead­ing poet Jane Clarke will be a guest of Bridge Street Books in Wick­low town where she will read­ing po­etry from Heaney, Synge and from her own col­lec­tions. She will be ac­com­pa­nied by Ea­mon Sweeney on gui­tar and lute, who will per­form mu­sic con­nected to Wick­low from across the 17 th cen­tury to the present day.

This year the theme for Cul­ture Night at the Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre in Bray is the cir­cus. Art works will be in­stalled in the morn­ing in­clud­ing con­tri­bu­tions from lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and events kick off at 3 p.m. with chil­dren’s work­shops and events in the gallery that include a hall of mir­rors at the back of Sig­nal, con­tin­u­ing into the evening with mu­sic and po­etry.

From 6 p.m. in the in­ti­mate Whale The­atre, Grey­stones, you can dis­cover an en­gag­ing and in­no­va­tive pro­gramme of trad-fu­sion mu­sic with some of Ire­land’s finest tra­di­tional and ex­per­i­men­tal mu­si­cians.

First up is an en­chant­ing recital on the beau­ti­ful tra­di­tional harp, played by Rachel Duffy. Other per­form­ers and events will include Mu­sic Gen­er­a­tion Rithim Orches­tra, a bodhrán work­shop, con­tem­po­rary Ir­ish mu­sic group Strung and ‘Pause’ by award-win­ning young Ir­ish com­poser Sam Perkin.

You will also get an op­por­tu­nity to Im­merse your­self in a ‘Trad Sound Bath’ which ex­plores a mul­ti­tude of sound­scapes in­clud­ing tra­di­tional, world mu­sic, clas­si­cal and jazz and fea­tures a mul­ti­tude of per­cus­sion and other mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

Ava Don­negan (6) meets Emily Aoib­heann who will be hold­ing ‘Run Away With the Cir­cus: An Open Arial Stu­dio’ with Katie Holmes from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Court­house, Ti­na­hely.

The Bread­win­ner will be screened at the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre.

Poet Jane Clarke.

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