Culture Journal Ireland

West Wicklow Festival to light the way to summer

West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival is due to start this week bringing the riches of wonderful artists to the region. What’s more, audiences will be able to enjoy it’s extensive programme well into the summer. Beginning tomorrow (20th May) the festival promises a wide array of talent from around the globe. Among the talent on display are Sean Shibe, guitar. Roseanne Philippens, Julien Quentin, Quotuor Van Kuyk, Fiachra Garvey, Jamal Aliyev, Sam Armstrong, Rachel Kelly, Linda Buckley, The Sitkovesky piano trio, as well as rising stars Phoebe White and Peter Regan. For more information on acts and how to obtain a free ticket, log on to https://www.westwicklowfestival.com/

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Budding Screenwriters log on to Dublin Festival

Up and coming as well as established screenwriters are logging online for this years Dublin International Screenwriting Festival which, like do many events these days, takes place online. Together with event partners Griffith College, Screen Skills Ireland and Virgin Media Ireland, the festival is offering a wide range of events for participants to enjoy. Among the events, which take place both at lunchtime and each evening, are workshops, panel discussions and celebrity interviews. A feast of guests are expected to impart the secrets of their talents, among them are included writer Roddy Doyle, Derry Girls screenwriter and playwriter Lisa McGee, author and screenwriter Kate O’Riordan and Stuart Carolan, executive producer/screenwriter…

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15th Waterford Film Festival Seeks Submissions

The fifteenth Waterford Film Festival is now open for submissions for films of various categories as well as scripts. This years festival is due to go ahead, however Covid 19 is still very much part of our daily lives and it is highly likely that some form of restrictions will remain in place for most of the year. This year it is difficult to see venues being in a position to run multiple event, back to back and on consecutive days, as is requested by a festival structure. It is the festival’s aim to at least have a physical awards presentation following the festival weekend in the house of Waterford…

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Lovely Leitrim Invites audiences to get up and Dance!

Monday sees the start of five days of energetic dancing as part of the Leitrim Dance Festival. Like so many events these days events will, for the second year running be taking place online. This does nothing to take away from the wide range of exciting events which are due to take place as part of the festival as a globe full of dancing talent join the locals in the wee county to help everyone find their dancing rhythm. Over the five days a range of different acts from as far afield as Quebec and Hungary, will be taping, and step dancing for your entertainment. As well as a range…

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Walled City comes alive with fantastic festival of music

Tonight sees the opening night of the Walled City Music Festival. Held over three days, this year; like so many other things the festival will be streamed to audiences online. The festival brings a range of outstanding classical music with a world class line-up of free concerts, workshops and podcasts. Walled City Music is the leading promoter of classical, contemporary and choral music in the North West. As well as the current festival Walled City Music is responsible for a year round programme of events including Walled City Music Festival, International Piano Festival as well as many one off events with local, national and international musicians and ensembles. Walled City…

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Tides washes away the competition yet again

Tides, the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed film about the River Foyle in Derry has just achieved another international award. Since its release in 2017, Tides has achieved a huge amount of success on the international film festival circuit and praise from juries and critics alike, amassing a grand total of 15 international awards to date. The film, defined by critics as “docudream” because of its magical and dreamlike aura, won an incredible raft of awards around the world and tells the story of the majestic River Foyle in Derry. The film is directed by Italian director Alessandro Negrini, who, from time to time, calls Derry his home. Negrini previously…

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First Fortnight Starts your year off with a thought provoking programme

First Fortnight, a festival which aims to challenge the stigma and prejudices of mental health commenced last week; and better still there’s even more to come next week. Now in it’s tenth year, First Fortnight; like some many others over the past year has been forced to hold many of its events online. This however has not prevented them from offering a programme of events as bold and as daring as ever. Happening in all four corners of Ireland, with events taking place in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Letterkenny and Galway, First Fortnight Festival has a number of events over the two weeks to make you think twice about what it…

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Exhibitionist: Road to the RHA – Teaching us all how to appreciate life as art.

With over two thousand five hundred works submitted, of which only three hundred being submitted, the Royal Hibernian Academy’s annual call for new pieces really is competitive and a make or break life changing event for those who are chosen to exhibit their work. Exhibitionists: Road to the RHA, shown recently on RTÉ followed seven people from different backgrounds all over Ireland as they responded to the RHA’s open call for new artworks for an annual exhibition. As one person is seen to say, “The harder it is to get in the more people seem to want it”. This statement seems to exemplify the calm, quiet sort of passion with…

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Dead Still: a subtly comic macabre delight

Set in 19th Century Dublin Dead Still first shown in Ireland during Halloween weekend, staring Michael Smiley as memorial photographer Brock Blennerhasset. The plot and the feel of the entire show is just exactly what was needed for the Halloween season, macabre and comically delightful in equal and suitable measures, the plot of this particular episode revolved around the death of a young lady who’s true love was not approved by her family. As a result the young lady was buried without the attendance of her fiancé or the ring which he gave her. The hilarity is commenced when her fiancé tries to enlist the help of Brock in order…

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