What are you doing this Friday night, September 21? Well if you are looking for ideas there are plenty of options as the country celebrates Culture Night with events being held in Ballinamore, Carrick-on-Shannon, Carrigallen, Dromahair, Drumshanbo, Manorhamilton and Mohill - all for free!
Leitrim once again raises the roof with a packed night of free events across the county as an effort to showcase the great talent and varied culture that exists here. You can keep your night local and see what is happening close by, branch out and visit a different part of the county or be adventurous and try and take in as many events as is possible in one day!
In Ballinamore at 7.30pm, The Solas Gallery presents music by Lionadh Rua and Leonardo Torres followed by Louis McLoughlin with his experience “fruit bats and I” with poetry readings throughout the evening. At the Cultural Quarters at 8pm the harpist Claire Roche and singer/songwriter Aisling Blackburn will be followed by ‘Dinner For One’ by One-Act Farce and magician Christophe Lombardi.
At The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon at 6pm, Beezneez present a rehearsed reading of John McDwyer’s new play, Scorpion.
Later musician/composer Cathal Roche plays saxophone to Siobhan McDonald exhibition Seism and Túcan finish off the evening with music from their new LP.
The Leitrim Design House presents an exhibition HOME by the Donegal Designer Makers at 6.30pm. HOME reflects the work of 18 Artist/Designer/Makers from Donegal and their connection with their home place Donegal. Exhibitors include artists, sculptors Marina Hamilton, jewellers, furniture designers, ceramicists and textile artists.
There will also be a jewellery making workshop. In The Reading Room, the N4 Writing Group read from a selection of their work.
In the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen, Seamus O’Rourke presents ‘The Sand Park’ an uplifting and poignant account of Irish rural life at 8pm. Leitrim Youth Theatre Company Carrigallen presents a short devised piece on what Youth Theatre means to them and their community. Finally Sarah Finnegan presents an ensemble of young musicians from the region.
At 7pm in Dromahair, Cinema North West presents ‘Leitrim On Screen’, rare archive material featuring Leitrim followed by ‘Your Screen’ - a compilation of movie magic selected by public vote and introduced by you - the audience.
Also at 7pm in the Mayflower Community Centre, Drumshanbo, Traditional Irish Music Performance course director Mossie Martin has arranged a hoard of instruments for anyone to come and try their hand at playing. The night is peppered by demonstrations and performances by invited guests concluding in a session not to be missed.
Sleep Walk in Broad Daylight in Manorhamilton! At 4pm join Des Braidin, Prin Duignan and members of Leitrim Youth Theatre Company Manorhamilton for a curated interactive walk around the town as you’ve never seen it!
This will be followed by music and dancing in the Glens Centre and Children’s Clay Modelling, Stone Carving, Letter Cutting together with an Iron forge demonstration and Silversmith Open Studio in the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, where Tracy Hannah’s exhibition ‘Well Beings’ will be opening in the Leitrim Sculpture Centre at 7pm. Also in Manorhamilton, the Library hosts author Brian Leyden at 6pm, who will be reading from his own work.
Children’s writer Gerry Boland will be at Mohill Library at 6pm reading from Marco Moves In and the second book in the series, Marco, Master of Disguise followed by members of the Mohill Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and local choir ‘Singing for Pleasure’.
So wherever you are in Leitrim on Friday 21st, there’s something near you. Everything is free so maybe now is a good time to try out something you haven’t done before. For the full programme of events, pick up a leaflet from any of the venues or go to www.leitrimarts.ie.
Culture Night in Leitrim is an initiative co-ordinated by Leitrim County Council in partnership with Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture & Sport.