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The Creative Ireland Programme and RTÉ inviting the country to #ShineYourLight on December 20th

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The Creative Ireland Programme and RTÉ inviting the country to #ShineYourLight on December 20th

4 min read


The Creative Ireland Programme and RTÉ inviting the country to #ShineYourLight on December 20th

The Creative Ireland Programme, in partnership with RTÉ, is calling on Ireland to #ShineYourLight on Sunday December 20th at 8.30pm as an important act of national solidarity on the eve of the 2020 winter solstice.

This multi-platform #ShineYourLight #LonraighDoSholas event will include a live TV broadcast on RTÉ One, a radio special on RTÉ Radio 1 and six spectacular projection instalments across the country. Funded by Creative Ireland, this series of Shine Your Light installations will be visible by Irish artists around the country from 17-20 December and will bring artworks from the Illuminations online gallery to epic and dramatic locations, bringing light, hope and colour to towns and cities across Ireland. 

The locations include: 

  1. Loop Head Lighthouse, Co.Clare with photographic portraits by Jeannette Lowe in tribute to the incredible work of frontline workers during the pandemic. 
  2. R&H Hall, Cork City with Leanne McDonagh’s imagery of kinship projected on the walls.  
  3. Kilkenny Castle where Manchán Magan’s bilingual exploration of the many words for human touch will appear on the walls. 
  4. The Wellington Monument in Phoenix Park, Dublin where Hazel Coonagh’s Elements series of embroidered portraits will be projected. 
  5. Stephen Heffernan’s Together, At Least finds an unexpected canvas in the north-west 
  6. Reginald’s Tower in Waterford City where Isabel Nolan’s painting of the sun will be seen. 

Catherine Martin T.D Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media commented: “Shine Your Light conveys a simple message of hope delivered by some of our most talented artists. Through the prism of their imaginations, we can mark the end of one year and anticipate the next. Let 2021 be a year full of art, literature, drama, music, dance and above all hope. Congratulations to RTÉ and the Creative Ireland Programme for creating such a diverse cultural programme that can be enjoyed by our citizens wherever they are.”

Shine Your Light – Solstice will be a 30 minute television special on RTÉ One on December 20th which will feature music from Damien Dempsey, Erica Cody, Sharon Shannon, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra as well as a live finale performance with images from around the country of people shining a light.

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