Music Generation Laois: The Impossible Dream (Laois) – ONLINE
Audiences can watch a short video to document this project to date. Music Generation Laois has commissioned composer Martin Tourish to create a 20 minute suite of music inspired by the life of Portlaoise’s Colonel James Fitzmaurice. A pioneering aviator, Fitzmaurice was part of the first successful transatlantic aircraft flight from east to west in 1928.
This project moved online after Ireland went into lockdown in March 2020. The Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra was established in 2016 and is a traditional music ensemble that provides a platform for young people in Co Laois. Martin Tourish has been collaborating with these young musicians to create The Impossible Dream.
View The Impossible Dream here.
Visit Cork Community Art Link HQ (Cork) – OFFLINE
If you’ve ever wanted to go behind the scenes to see how fantastical mural and street art are created, the artists and facilitators at The Lido in Cork will be showcasing their ongoing work for the Dragon of Shandon this year along with demonstrating techniques used in designing street theatre.
Find out more about this event here.
A Poem on Hearing the Birds Sing (Roscommon) – OFFLINE / ONLINE
A historical epic in poetry form, this outdoor film which brings Douglas Hyde’s poem to life, centered around the struggle for Irish independence in Co.Roscommon, will be projected onto the buildings of Roscommon Arts Centre, King House in Boyle, the Douglas Hyde Centre in Portahard, Frenchpark and on the building of Connellan Solicitors, beside the entrance to Strokestown Park House. In Boyle, the film can be viewed from the rear of King House, in Shop Street Car Park.
Find out more about the screenings here.
Short Performances from Fregoli Theatre (Roscommon) – ONLINE
Culture Night also brings a chance to view both of the Fregoli Theatre Company’s short online theatre performances again. The two pieces, ‘I Want You to Know Me’ by Maria Tivnan and ‘Inside You Stay’ by Tara Finn, deal with issues of growing up and childhood along with mental health.
Find out more about these screenings here.
Kildare COVID Notebook Project (Kildare) – OFFLINE
The culmination of the COVID Notebook Project, featured on RTE News last week, is this special presentation of the completed notebooks before they are scanned for archiving by Kildare County Council. Earlier this year, over 150 Kildare residents received an A5 notebook which they filled in during the lockdown, a mixture of scrapbook and time capsule of this monumental time in Irish history.
Find out more about this event.
Check out the Culture Night programme of online and offline events across the country at https://culturenight.ie/