There’s a host of entertainment on offer at Hawk’s Well Theatre for 2019’s Culture Night.
Taking place on Friday, 20th September, the annual all-island public event celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.A day of free happenings for the family, Culture Night is now a firm fixture in the cultural calendar. There are numerous events taking place all over Sligo, with Hawk’s Well Theatre bringing something to suit all the family.
For the very young, A Box kicks the day off, at 4pm and 6pm. This playful children’s dance /theatre performance was created by Zoe Ramsey and Tonya Sheina of Echo Echo Ensemble. Suitable for the tiniest theatre goers from ages 2 years and up, it’s also great for grown-ups, and a reminder of the importance of fantasy and playing games!
Next, and following the success of the theatre’s immensely popular Trad@Lunch summer series, which saw over 1,000 people come through the doors to witness some of the finest traditional musicians in the county and beyond, Trad after Work takes place at 5pm. Celebrating traditional music in the local area, a selection of local young musicians involved in the Creative Counties stream of our Markievicz project will gather together to perform.
Exhibiting musical maturity and prowess beyond their years, the line-up features the decorated Ryan Sheridan, Conor McDonagh, and Sinead Johnston. Sinead was crowned the All-Ireland U15 Banjo Champion 2019, and was twice named All-Ireland Champion in u15 Mandolin. Alongside her, Conor placed 2nd u15 Drums, 3rd in Whistle, and 3rd in U15 Flute 2019. Ryan meanwhile, is an All-Ireland Champion Seanos Dancer and Drummer, and an All-
Ireland medalist in Bodhran.
Comhrá – Irish Conversation with a twist follows on, and will take place from 6pm. An event for both beginner and intermediate Irish speakers, the Irish? Culturally Curious session will take place at 6pm for beginners who have moved to Ireland, while Talking Teic from 7pm is for intermediate and fluent speakers who’d like to spice up their cúpla focal with modern Irish vocabulary.
Finally, an inspiring evening of words and music featuring some of poetry’s top voices for change will see Rafeef Ziadah and Sorcha Fox take to the stage at 8pm. Rafeef will perform ‘Sendiana’; a deeply moving, powerful, personal remembrance and challenge to occupation, exile and terror and what that does to an individual, while Sorcha will perform pieces from ‘Remember’. Additionally, both Rafeef and Sorcha will also perform new work on Culture
Night, written during their Hawk’s Well residency together. Both pieces will be underscored with live original music from Dee Armstrong and Lughaidh Armstrong Mayock.
All Culture Night events are free to attend, and a ticket is not required. For enquiries or more information, visit www.hawkswell.com or call 0719161518.