Offaly’s Tolü tops national RTÉ Culture Night celebration live from Lough Boora
Offaly has been announced as the focus of RTÉ’s Culture Night special on Friday September 23. Friday, September 23.
Housed in a former abandoned Bord na Móna shed on the edge of a beautiful marsh, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a selection of guest artists will perform to an audience of locals. The program will also reflect on how Culture Night is currently taking place across the country by covering a range of events in various locations.
Music sensation Tolü Makay will headline the event, in an exciting collaboration between RTÉ, Offaly Arts Office and Music Generation Offaly Westmeath. A choir performing at this year’s Culture Night celebration features children from Music Generation Offaly’s partner primary schools based in Tullamore.
They are joined by members of the regional Singfest choirs and together with their friends and family have created this unique cross-generational choir for this exciting collaboration with Tolü Makay and the RTE Concert Orchestra.
This Culture Night promises to be ‘a night for all’ as Offaly venues and public spaces open their doors to host a FREE Culture Night 2022 entertainment program – a celebration of the arts, culture and culture. island-wide heritage and culture. There is an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, with all communities encouraged to participate in a range of multidisciplinary events. Creative Edenderry is hosting “Cultures of Edenderry” – a special evening celebrating the diverse cultures and nationalities of Edenderry and the surrounding area. Organized by Creative Edenderry and Festival Edenderry, in the hall of St Mary’s Primary School, from 5pm to 9pm, this will be an opportunity for locals to showcase and sample some of Ireland’s distinct cultural activities and products and of the whole world. Meanwhile, Tullamore sees Rahan Comhaltas host “Faces Of Culture & Creativity” starting at 8 p.m. at Charleville Castle. The evening will feature Indian classical dance troupe Noopura Naada, followed by more fantastic Irish dance, song and storytelling by Rahan Comhaltas and complimentary refreshments! A Traveler Culture craft is on display at one of the flagship Beady Pockets events at the Split Space Art Joint in Tullamore starting at 5 p.m. Donlon Dance Company explores what inclusion looks like through a sense of self, influenced by celebrities setting standards in fashion and body image. A contemporary dance drama piece, which kicks off Culture Night at Tullamore Library from 4.30pm.
Edenderry audiences can also take part in a range of events for all ages. Music Generation Offaly Westmeath in partnership with Youth Work Ireland (Midlands) and the Edenderry Youth Café present Inside Track an open mic showcasing the work of young musicians from Edenderry from 6-7pm while Eden Chorale’s: ‘Joy – A Choral Celebration at Edenderry Library from 6.15 a.m. from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. offers choir lovers a wonderful musical treat. The final event in Edenderry brings together a palette of male artists to marry mental health and art. At Neart Fir|Strength Of Men, musicians (CODYY and John Gorman) will address the theme of male mental strength through music and other mediums. Award-winning playwright (Irish Times Theater Awards, Stewart Parker Award, Rooney Prize for Literature) and Pure Mule creator Eugene O Brien will headline the event with a themed reading and commentary, following the publication of her first novel Going Back by Gill this September. The event also features poetry by Dr. Philip Brady and a short film from the Acorn Project.
The Birr Trail starts at the Birr Theater & Arts Center at 6.30pm with the exhibition “Palimpsest: Eileen Casey & Emma Barone”. treasures. Then, in the theatre, a late-night James Crombie photography workshop starting at 7:30 p.m. Cultivating local culture at Birr Growery from 7.30pm will see a candlelight evening, with light refreshments provided, a selection of short presentations and a participatory workshop for all participants. Birr School Of Music’s Community Sing at St. Brendan’s Market is open to anyone who wants to enjoy the joy of singing on Culture Night. The Birr Trail ends in the courthouse courtyard from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Hosted by Caroline Conway, there will be live music from the winners of the Vintage Week Busking competition and the presentation of the Mick Egan Memorial Cup to this year’s winner. This will be followed by an immersive audiovisual dive into the natural world, with films by Tina Claffey, Finn Nichol and Caroline Conway. Supported by Offaly’s Creative Ireland programme.
Offaly is also hosting a Culture Night Late event at JJ Hough’s Singing Pub in Banagher. Professional artists Sheila Hough and Patrick Hough will present an evening of artist films, paintings, music and discussion around the subject of the Offaly bogs and their relationship to climate change and ecological collapse. This fantastic evening will end with a performance by Bog Bodies, an energetic folk band, who will entertain all night long with their unique “rock druid” sound. Belmont and Clara also organize events organized by Rosemarie Langtry (Belmont) and Clara Musical Society.
Download the full Offaly Culture Night 2022 – Offaly County Council brochure see www.culturenight.ie/offaly and follow Offaly Culture Night on Facebook.
Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland program in partnership with Offaly County Council.
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