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Carlow Arts Festival

10th - 19th June 2011

www.eigsecarlow.ie


WELCOME TO THE 2011 FESTIVAL Despite hard times there are a number of celebrations this year in Carlow and beyond. We celebrate the 220th anniversary of the Barrow navigation system, which flows through Carlow town and county, with a focused programme of events at the scenic Barrow including the grand festival opening procession spectacle and a very exciting water sports weekend (if the Festival Director goes missing during the festival, she may be found swimming in the Barrow!); 2011 also celebrates the Year of Craft in Ireland and we showcase craft in our partnering exhibition with Kilgraney House; Giving special mention and respect to the festival’s many volunteers is highlighted this year through the European Year of Volunteering and we are delighted to have so

many new and loyal returning festival volunteers each year as the festival would not be able to continue without them. We have worked closely with the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & George Bernard Shaw Theatre over the year and we are exceptionally blessed to host festival exhibitions and events in such a magnificent centre. Carlow is now the envy of many. We have a huge variety of high quality artists coming to town (and indeed already in town) participating in the 2011 festival. While we provide many events for free, we still have to make ends meet so we would encourage you to maybe try one event this year that you might not normally attend, we guarantee you will enjoy yourself! Living up to our slogan ‘Yours to Enjoy’ we have worked hard this year to put ‘you’ at the

heart of the festival. There are lots of free outdoor events suitable for a family day out, trails around Carlow, games, workshops and general fun. ‘What’s Your Doodle?’ is a new project this year where everyone is invited to partake, regardless of age or ability. Do you doodle when you’re on the telephone or when you’re in a meeting (when you should be listening!)? We want to see your doodles take over Carlow town during the festival! Who knows, maybe we’ll break a new record of covering the town in doodles! We’d like to especially thank Tomasz Knapik whose winning design uses Éigse’s twirl along with the Carlow colours to give us a fresh 2011 festival campaign identity. Congratulations Tomasz! Go on… Enjoy your festival!

Tara Connaghan Festival Director


CONTENTS

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SPECIAL 02

MUSIC 05

THEATRE 09

LITERATURE 11

FAMILY/STREET 13

VISUAL ARTS 17

TIMETABLE 20

LOCAL CULTURE 22

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FRINGE 30

HOW TO BOOK 34

GETTING TO CARLOW 36

ÉIGSE TEAM 38

SPONSORS 40

EALAÍN ÓG 23

FESTIVAL FRIENDS 35

SCHOOLS/OUTREACH

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OPENING

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OPENING CEREMONY

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Friday 10th June | FREE EVENT The 2011 Éigse Carlow Arts Festival is set to open with a burst of colour. The Lantern Procession and Water Illumination Spectacle will light up the streets of Carlow and the banks of the Barrow at the festival opening ceremony on Friday June 10th. Crowds are asked to congregate at the doors of VISUAL /GB Shaw Theatre at 9.30pm to collect lanterns and musical instruments and then process towards the River Barrow where the Illumination Spectacle will take place. Everyone is welcome to join the procession. Lantern and percussion instrument making workshops will be held in advance of the festival but if you haven’t attended the workshops, not to worry, bring your homemade best attempt! When the procession reaches the Barrow it will line both sides of the river and then the magic will begin! This event will be a real family treat that your children will remember for the rest of their lives.

SPECIAL Speisialta Dáta / DATE: Friday 10th June Am / TIME: 9.30pm Ticéid / TICKETS: FREE Ionad / LOCATION: Leaving from VISUAL & GB Shaw Theatre, Old Dublin Road, Carlow.

with support from Waterways Ireland. LUXe Water & Illumination Spectacle - See pg.13 for details

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BLOCK PARTY! Carlow Town Park Dance Theatre of Ireland

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Sunday 12th June | FREE EVENT A high energy street dance performance will take over Carlow Town Park during the Éigse festival Carnival Day. Block Party! is full of zest, colour, imagination and fun for the whole family. Merging the worlds of dance, music and architecture, Dance Theatre of Ireland has toured this highly entertaining work to rave receptions from festivals and audiences all over the world. The performance will immerse you in a vibrant world of entertainment with amazing dancers, explosive percussion and 32 giant-sized toy blocks - a movable arrangement with a design more clever than a Rubik’s Cube. It’s a feast for the eyes and the senses, for the adult and the child (in you). Don’t Miss it! SPECIAL

Speisialta

Choreography: Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick; Music: Composed by Robbie Harris Performed by: Brian Fleming, Hugh O’Byrne, Robert Connor Dancers: Adam Murphy, Kat Doherty, Mirjam Gurtner; Cosimo de Tommaso, Khyle Eccles Design: Andrew Clancy Costumes: Nicola McCutcheon

Dáta / DATE: Sunday 12th June Am / TIME: 12.30pm & 2.30pm Ticéid / TICKETS: FREE Ionad / LOCATION: Carlow Town Park

SPECIAL

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A spectacle for public Spaces & Places


SPECIAL

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JASON BYRNE - COMEDIAN

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Wednesday 15th June | Seven Oaks Hotel | Doors 8pm | Tickets €18

SPECIAL Speisialta Dáta / DATE: Wednesday 15th June Am / TIME: Doors 8.00pm Ticéid / TICKETS: €18 Ionad / LOCATION: Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow

Jason Byrne’s inspired and original brand of high-energy lunacy ensures there is no other comedian currently like him. His fast, free-wheeling style, fused with an array of offbeat props, makes his act a helter-skelter of a show where the audience are promised the ride of their lives! He has been one of the fastest selling performers at the last 13 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals (becoming the first act to sell 25,000 tickets!), where his sell out shows have attracted Best Headliner Chortle Award in 2007, a nomination for 1998 Perrier Newcomer Award, and the much revered Perrier Award Nomination for his outstanding 2001 show. He was also winner for the 2004 Forth One Fringe Award and continues performing sold out shows throughout Ireland & the UK. Jason hosted the hit TV show Anonymous for four series and The Byrne Ultimatum, both on RTE and The Jason Byrne Show on BBC Radio 2 with appearances in Father Ted, The General, Alice in Wonderland and Class Clowns to name a few. Jason is best known and loved for his stand-up gigs and he is in Carlow for one night only, so get yourself a ticket to Carlow’s hottest comedy gig of the year as Jason is likely to spend most of 2011 wooing Australian audiences.


NEIL HANNON (The Divine Comedy) & THOMAS WALSH (Pugwash) as THE DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD

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Sunday 19th June | The Tower, Dinn Rí | Doors 8pm | Tickets €25 (Includes free entry to The Foundry)

The Duckworth Lewis Method is an Irish pop group formed by Neil Hannon of ‘The Divine Comedy’ and Thomas Walsh of ‘Pugwash’ and is also the title of the group’s cricket inspired maiden album released in 2009. The album spent 6 weeks in the U.K top 100 reaching the top 40 in its first week. It won numerous end of year ‘best of’ album polls with 3 of the tracks voted in ‘WORD’ magazine as ‘Readers’ Songs of the Year 2009’. In 2010 the album also received nominations for Album of the Year at The Meteors and The Choice Music Prize... but all of this was well and truly surpassed by a nomination for Album of the Year at the 55th Ivor Novello Awards in London. Paolo Nutini took the award that year but announced in his speech that “The Duckworth Lewis Method were the true winners of this award”. Neil Hannon’s talents can be heard on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who, The Runaway Bride and The IT Crowd but Irish audiences will be most familiar with his Father Ted theme music composition (later reworked into The Divine Comedy’s “Songs Of Love”) and My Lovely Horse (which Hannon co-wrote) for Fr. Ted and Fr. Dougal’s Eurosong entry in the much loved A Song For Europe episode. Dubliner, Thomas Walsh is frontman with the band Pugwash. The band signed a five-year deal with XTC’s founding member Andy Partridge’s label Ape House in 2009. From demo recordings made in Walsh’s garden shed studio, one was named Demo of the Year by Irish music magazine Hot Press in 1995. Thomas has worked with a wide range of musicians over the years and has been collaborating with Neil since 2006. The Duckworth Lewis Method don’t tour much and this Carlow gig forms part of a small number of selected gigs this summer in Ireland, so get your tickets fast as this gig will sell out in record time!

MUSIC Ceol Dáta / DATE: Sunday 19th June Am / TIME: Doors 8pm Ticéid / TICKETS: €25 (Includes Entry to The Foundry)

Ionad / LOCATION: The Tower, Dinn Rí


MUSIC

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KALEIDOSCOPE NIGHT: Kaleidoscope Caravan Carlow

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Friday 17th June | GB Shaw Theatre | Doors 8.30pm, 9pm start |€14 Since it’s inception in September 2009 by violinist Cliodhna Ryan and cellist Kate Ellis, Kaleidoscope has taken Ireland by storm boasting sold out concerts at each of their events. A bespoke, intimate music experience which nurtures the audience as part of their performance, this unforgettable listening experience will both excite and move you in equal turns. With everything from baroque to modern music on offer by some of Ireland’s finest musicians, all who come are sure to have an exhilarating, thought-provoking and inspiring evening. This summer, the Kaleidoscope Caravan leaves the big smoke for a small number of performances only.

MUSIC Ceol Dáta / DATE: Friday 17th June Am / TIME: Doors 8.30pm Ticéid / TICKETS: €14 / €12 Ionad / LOCATION: GB Shaw Theatre

Musicians include: ANITA VEDRES (baroque violin), MALACHY ROBINSON (violone), RACHEL FACTOR (harpsichord), DERMOT DUNNE (accordion), CLIODHNA RYAN (violin), ROBIN PANTER (viola), ANITA VEDRES (violin) and KATE ELLIS (cello). Sound engineer: Adrian Hart.

NATIONAL CHAMBER CHOIR: Conducted by Paul Hillier

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Thursday 16th June | St.Mary’s Church | 8pm | €14 The National Chamber Choir, under the directorship of internationally celebrated conductor Paul Hillier, will be making their first ever appearance at the Éigse Carlow Arts Festival this June. On this occasion the Choir will present a programme entitled Brahms and Early Music which marries the wonderful romanticism MUSIC Ceol Dáta / DATE: Thursday 16th June Am / TIME: 8pm Ticéid / TICKETS: €14 / €12 Ionad / LOCATION: St.Mary’s Church

of the music of Brahms with an aural feast of music by Palestrina and Gabrieli. The Choir, which is made up of vocalists drawn from the ranks of Ireland’s leading choral singers, has garnered much acclaim from audiences and critics alike both in Ireland and abroad. Multi award winning conductor Paul Hillier took over as chief conductor and artistic director in 2008 and under his leadership The National Chamber Choir continues to explore new and interesting areas of work across musical periods and genres. In the beautiful setting of St. Mary’s Church, the dulcet tones of this distinguished choral ensemble are sure to fill the room and your ears! Members of Aspiro Choir will participate in a workshop with tenor Alan Leech of the NCC and will also feature as part of the programme.


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FISHERSTREET - Reunion Concert

MUSIC

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Saturday 18th June | GB Shaw Theatre | 8pm |€14 Originating out of the vibrant Co. Clare music scene, Fisherstreet comprises John McMahon (uileann pipes and concertina), Seamus McMahon (fiddle and flute), Dermot Lernihan (accordion), Noreen O’Donoghue (harp and keyboards) and Frank Cullen (mandolin and mandola). Rising to fame in the early 90’s, their recording ‘Out in the Night’ was an explosive catalyst for Irish traditional musicians the world over. After a 20 year break, the group are back to record a new album at this very special reunion concert for Éigse Carlow. Make sure you are there to witness a moment in history!

MUSIC Ceol Dáta / DATE: 17th - 19th June Ticéid / TICKETS: FREE Ionad / LOCATION: Teach Dolmain & Brennan’s Bar

MUSIC Ceol Dáta / DATE: Saturday 18th June Am / TIME: 8pm Ticéid / TICKETS: €14 / €12 Ionad / LOCATION: GB Shaw Theatre

TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION TRAIL

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17th - 19th June | FREE EVENT Teach Dolmain (Tullow Street) & Brennan’s Bar, (Graiguecullen) The cream of Irish traditional musicians and singers will perform in this festival session trail continuing to build the credibility of the festival as a hive of high quality traditional arts activity.


MUSIC

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SOLO SERIES LIVE presented by The Contemporary Music Centre in association with Diatribe Record label

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Sunday 19th June | St.Mary’s Church | 6pm | €12 An incredible journey into the world of contemporary music with four internationally renowned chamber musicians performing new work by Irish, Japanese and European composers. Isabelle O’Connell (piano); Paul Roe (clarinet); Simon Jermyn (bass guitar) and Izumi Kimura (piano) will take to the stage in St. Mary’s Church to perform a solo recital and a series of group improvisations. Solo Series Live is presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award and is part of the Contemporary Music Centre’s 25th anniversary celebrations taking place throughout 2011. Solo Series is a live selection from the Solo Series I collection produced by Diatribe Records in association with the Contemporary Music Centre in 2010.


THEATRE

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Interactive Theatre Australia in association with Ten42 Productions present

FAULTY TOWERS…THE DINING EXPERIENCE

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15th &16th June | Talbot Hotel | Doors 7.30pm | €45 (incl. 3 course meal) Ever wondered what it would be like to dine at Fawlty Towers? Well this is your chance! Join the cast of Faulty Towers for an evening of chaos at the Talbot Hotel. The internationally acclaimed dining experience will see guests greeted at the hotel lobby by the snobbish, manic Basil and his domineering wife, Sybil and waited on by the hopelessly language-challenged Manuel. The audience will be served a delicious 3 course meal on the night, however the service will of course be Faulty style! Everything that possibly could go wrong probably will, as the cast re-enact scenes from the famous TV show and interact with guests. A truly unforgettable experience! Having played over 100 sell out shows in Ireland during 2009 and 2010, you’d better book your ticket fast as these shows sell like hot cakes!

THEATRE Drámaíocht Dáta / DATE: 15th & 16th June Am / TIME: Doors open 7.30pm, 8pm sharp start.

Ticéid / TICKETS: €45 Ionad / LOCATION: Talbot Hotel, Carlow


THEATRE

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Theatre Royal in partnership with GB Shaw Theatre present

THEATRE FOR SCHOOLS:

EDEN by Eugene O’Brien

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BRANAR presents

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15th June | GB Shaw Theatre | 12 Midday

10th & 11th June | GB Shaw Theatre 8pm | €16 Breda loves Billy. Billy is hot for Imelda. This is their big night. In his celebrated play Eden, Eugene O’Brien brings to vivid life a gallery of colourful midland characters at play. And at the heart of that world is a moving, funny and tragic portrait of the failing marriage of Billy and Breda and the weekend that will make or break them.

€5 (Teachers Free- call box office) THEATRE Drámaíocht

This is the story of the night a little girl couldn’t get

Dáta / DATE: 10th & 11th June Am / TIME: 8pm Ticéid / TICKETS: €16 Ionad / LOCATION: GB Shaw Theatre

Scéal Cáilín is a new show with beautiful puppetry,

Breda’s not lookin’ at all bad, she has certainly lost the weight, there’s no denying that. But Ernie and Evonne’s daughter Imelda is such a beautiful ride of a thing. And Tony thinks he’s James Galway – the man with the ‘golden flute’ - now Billy wants to show them all that he’s James Galway. This night it’ll all change. This night is the big night. From the author of RTE’s Pure Mule, Eugene O’Brien’s play Eden was first directed by Conor McPherson and premiered at the Abbey in 2001 under the Abbey directorship of Ben Barnes. The play went on to win Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and Best New Play for the Stewart Parker Awards then transferred to London’s West End. It has been translated and performed around the world and was turned into an award-winning film in 2008. Ben Barnes, Director of Theatre Royal Waterford, returns to Eden and returns to the GB Shaw (following a sell out success with the Theatre Royal team’s production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane) with this powerful story of an ordinary relationship on an extraordinary weekend. Show contains strong language and adult content. Post show discussion: The GB Shaw Theatre will host Ben Barnes and the cast of Eden in a post-show discussion after the performance on June 11th.

“Mise Sceál Cáilín”

to sleep and the adventure she had trying. Mise live music and animation (without text / dialogue) from Galway based theatre group Branar. Newly composed live music is performed by Morgan Cooke, puppets by Suse Reibeisch, performances by Ionian Ní Chroínín and Mirriam Needham and directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn. Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years old. Mise, Scéal cailín is supported by the Arts Council and was produced in association with Draíocht. THEATRE Drámaíocht Dáta / DATE: Wednesday 15th June Am / TIME: 12 Midday Ticéid / TICKETS: €5, Teachers free (limited capacity) Ionad / LOCATION: GB Shaw Theatre


LITERATURE

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Poetry Reading by PAUL DURCAN

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Sunday 12th June | GB Shaw Theatre | 8pm | €10 One of Ireland’s most distinctive contemporary poets and Aosdána member, Paul Durcan’s return to Carlow is much anticipated. His first book, Endsville (1967) has been followed by twenty-one others, including The Berlin Wall Café (a Poetry Book Society Choice in 1985) and Daddy, Daddy (winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1990). He received a Cholmondeley Award in 2001 and held the position of the third ‘Professor of Poetry’ from 2004 to 2007. His energy and enthusiasm knowing no bounds, Paul will be reading to the masses in the GB Shaw Theatre, having continuously sold out performances around the globe.

LITERATURE Litríocht Dáta / DATE: Sunday 12th June Am / TIME: 8pm Ticéid / TICKETS: €10 / €8 Ionad / LOCATION: GB Shaw Theatre


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HAUNTED CARLOW - Book Launch

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Saturday 11th June | The Hub | 9pm | €10 This collection of stories is the result of exhaustive research as Cormac Strain and Danny Carthy relentlessly searched for Carlow’s hidden Ghost stories, digging out people (no pun intended!) with a story to tell - a true story that often hadn’t been told even to close friends - the search was long and exhausting but fruitful. Old myths and stories from yesteryear weren’t the objective, finding new, true and as yet untold stories was. Modern tales of poltergeists in housing estates, phantom voices, ghostly nannies, white ladies and banshees - this isn’t the stuff of oft repeated folklore; these are freshly discovered ghostly tales from the people of Carlow. Just what was staying in Brown Street? Who is the White Lady? Who did Carlow students unwittingly end up sharing a house with? Just who was that old lady watching over children? Join Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe from British paranormal reality television series Most Haunted for a paranormal talk and of course the launch of Haunted Carlow. Ideal for the paranormal enthusiast, local historian or anyone who just enjoys a scary story. Seats are limited.

FLIP THE SCRIPT - Reading

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Tuesday 14th June | Lord Bagenal Hotel | 8pm | €5 As part of the Shift Your Arts! Programme, Éigse brings you Flip the Script - A workshop mentoring programme which coincides with the marking of the Barrow 2011. A group of Carlow based writers will present a very special reading of their work on the Barrow side in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow following a series of workshops held in May. The material they present will be a collection of original pieces of poetry and prose on the theme of The Barrow: A Big River. An original and inspiring way to honour the Barrow and the local talent that lives around it. with support from Waterways Ireland

LITERATURE Litríocht Dáta / DATE: Saturday 11th June Am / TIME: 9pm Ticéid / TICKETS: €10 Ionad / LOCATION: The Hub, Tullow Street

LITERATURE Litríocht Dáta / DATE: Tuesday 14th June Am / TIME: 8pm Ticéid / TICKETS: €5 Ionad / LOCATION: Lord Bagenal Hotel,

Leighlinbridge, Co.Carlow


IMAGINARIUM - A Water Illumination Spectacle

with support from Waterways Ireland

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presented by LUXe

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Friday 10th June | Carlow Town Park & River Barrow 10pm | FREE EVENT Preparation: Local participation will be required in the months leading up to the festival. Check our website or sign up to our newsletter for workshop dates.

Bringing the ‘WOW’ factor to the 2011 Éigse Carlow Arts Festival Opening Ceremony, Donegal based LUXe will join with local participants to make an engaging spectacle for all the family. Using the changing light at sunset, mobile illuminated sculptures, reflections, fire and music, they will transform the banks of the River Barrow into a place for the imagination to play. Be part of this magical experience and walk with the procession to the Barrow (meeting at VISUAL & GB Shaw Theatre at 9.30pm).

THREE SISTERS PROJECT

FAMILY/STREET

Teaghlach / Siamsaíocht Sráide

Dáta / DATE: Friday 10th June Am / TIME: 10pm Ticéid / TICKETS: FREE Ionad / LOCATION: Carlow Town Park and River Barrow

LUXe Water & Illumination Spectacle - Image by Mark Louden

with support from Waterways Ireland

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10th- 19th June (and during dates of each festival) | FREE EVENT Streets of Carlow (and Kilkenny Arts Festival and Spraoí in Waterford) Celebrating the 220th anniversary of the River Barrow’s navigation system, Éigse has linked with the other two sisters – the Nore (Kilkenny Arts Festival) and the Suir (Spraoí, Waterford). Together we present The Three Sisters project through workshops in advance of Éigse to create a series of stained glass panels for exhibition in the streets at each festival. Kilkenny and Waterford workshop participants are welcome to Éigse and to Carlow to witness their creations coming to life and Carlow participants are encouraged to visit their creations showcased at Kilkenny Arts Festival and Spraoí in Waterford.

FAMILY/STREET

Teaghlach / Siamsaíocht Sráide

Dáta / DATE: 10th - 19th June Ticéid / TICKETS: FREE Ionad / LOCATION: Streets of Carlow


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CARLOW CARNIVAL DAY!

ART IN THE OPEN

Sunday 12th June | Carlow Town Park & River Barrow |11am - 4pm | FREE EVENT

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Carlow Town Park and the banks of the Barrow will play host to the Éigse Carnival Day on Sunday June 12th. A day packed with activities to suit all ages, the park will be full of things to see and do with food, sports, water activities, workshops, competitions, local artists as well as professional street theatre all playing a prominent role. What better way to spend a, hopefully sunny, summer’s day! FAMILY/STREET

Teaghlach / Siamsaíocht Sráide

Dáta / DATE: Sunday 12th June Am / TIME: 11am - 4pm Ticéid / TICKETS: FREE Ionad / LOCATION: Carlow Town Park and River Barrow

In conjunction with Pompei Restaurant

Sunday 12th June | Centaur Street, along the River Barrow |12 - 3pm | FREE EVENT For all you budding artists out there, take part in Carlow’s first ever “Plein Air event”. Hosted in conjunction with Pompei restaurant, Art in the Open provides artists with the opportunity to participate in a living art event on the shores of the River Barrow. Bring your easel, dust down your paint box and get out and join us for an afternoon of creative engagement. Even if you are not inclined to participate, come along as a spectator. Participating artists can avail of discounted food at Pompei on Sun 12th if registered in advance at info@eigsecarlow.ie or by calling 059-9140491. with support from Waterways Ireland

FAMILY/STREET

Teaghlach / Siamsaíocht Sráide

Dáta / DATE: Sunday 12th June Am / TIME: 12 - 3pm Ticéid / TICKETS: FREE EVENT Ionad / LOCATION: Centaur Street and along the River Barrow


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In-water & out-of-water activities, rides & slides

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11th & 12th June | River Barrow & Carlow Town Park |11am - 8pm €2 waterpark entry (payable at entrance to Waterpark) For the 2011 festival we thought we’d throw in a splash of water to all the wonderful arts events! Éigse Carlow is the first festival to bring a waterpark to Ireland! The Inflatable park will reside on the River Barrow where a wealth of sporting activities, competitions and games will take place. Don’t forget to bring your swimwear and towel…Special thanks to the Carlow Sub Aqua Club who will be on site throughout the festival. Different activities are suitable for differing ages & levels of swimming ability. Time restrictions will apply.

FAMILY/STREET

Teaghlach / Siamsaíocht Sráide

Dáta / DATE: 11th & 12th June Am / TIME: 11am- 8pm Ticéid / TICKETS: €2 waterpark entry Ionad / LOCATION: River Barrow & Carlow Town Park

FAMILY/STREET

Teaghlach / Siamsaíocht Sráide

Dáta / DATE: Throughout Festival Ticéid / TICKETS: FREE EVENT Ionad / LOCATION: EVERYWHERE!

WHAT’S YOUR DOODLE?

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Throughout festival | EVERYWHERE! restaurants, hotels, box office, online, at your desk, on your phone... | FREE EVENT Do you dare to doodle? Ever looked at your random scribblings on a piece of paper and thought to yourself Hey, not bad! Well good, bad or ugly, Éigse invites you to doodle to your hearts content! Numerous locations in Carlow are participating in our ‘What’s Your Doodle?’ event and all you have to do to take part is create your own doodle while visiting one of our participating venues. They’ll supply you with the necessary pencils and paper so you can get those creative juices flowing. No matter how big or small, artistic or otherwise, play your part in creating Carlow’s biggest living artwork movement!

FAMILY/STREET

INFLATABLE WATERPARK & WATER SPORTS WEEKEND


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ÉIGSE TRAIL - FOLLOW ME AROUND CARLOW!

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10th - 19th June | FREE EVENT | Carlow Town (see www.eigsecarlow.ie for trail map or pick up a map at box office or local businesses) You think you know all there is to know about Carlow town? Let’s see if our Éigse spies can outwit you while you explore the town for clues. Introducing a new self-guided treasure-hunt style trail, Éigse Trail is a fun, educational and interactive day out for all the family at your own leisure. Pick up trail maps at festival venues, local businesses or download from www.eigsecarlow.ie in advance of the festival, complete the trail and pop your entry into the Éigse trail postbox at the box office in VISUAL & GB Shaw Theatre and be in with the chance to win some great prizes. This trail can be enjoyed by everyone, so whether you’re very familiar with Carlow town or a new visitor, Follow Me Around Carlow!

FAMILY/STREET

Teaghlach / Siamsaíocht Sráide

Dáta / DATE: Saturdays 11th & 18th June Ticéid / TICKETS: €7 (or 2 for €10) Ionad / LOCATION: Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow

FAMILY/STREET

Teaghlach / Siamsaíocht Sráide

Dáta / DATE: 10th - 19th June Ticéid / TICKETS: FREE EVENT Ionad / LOCATION: Carlow Town - see www.eigsecarlow.ie

HANDS ON! - Workshops

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Saturdays 11th & 18th June | Seven Oaks Hotel €7 (or 2 for €10) Hands On! is Éigse’s series of workshops for children that take place on both Saturdays of the festival. Children from the ages of 3 – 13 are invited to take part in artist-led workshops, designed to develop their spirit of creativity. The workshops are age-related so that participants get the most from the programme. Places are limited for these events so early booking is advisable. Time schedules will be available online at www.eigsecarlow.ie and at box office on 059 917 2400


VISUAL ARTS

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VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art | 11th June - 21st August |11am- 5pm (Tues - Sat) 2pm - 5pm (Sun) | Please note: longer opening hours during the festival: 11th - 19th June 11am - 7pm (Tues - Sat), 12pm - 5pm (Sun) | Mon 13th June also opens 11am - 7pm

This year Éigse Carlow Arts Festival is delighted to be programming the summer season exhibition at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art. The exhibition starts at Éigse and continues throughout the summer months until Sunday 21st August.

Main Gallery: AIB Collection

In a Place in Time Artists from the AIB Collection: Kathy Prendergast, Alice Maher, Blaise Drummond, Paul Seawright, Stephen Brandes, Oliver Comerford, Andrew Folan, John Kindness, Johnathan Wade, Daniel O’Neill, Jamie Saunders, Joy Gerrard, Patrick O’Reilly and other selected artists.

The Éigse Carlow Arts Festival is pleased to present a body of work primarily from The AIB Collection. The light filled Main Gallery of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art will hold a selection of works which deal with notions of place, being and contemplative urban and rural landscapes. Drawing from one of the country’s most significant collections of art In a Place in Time brings to Carlow a selection of works created by some of the country’s most notable artists both nationally and internationally and will appeal to visitors of all ages.

Stephen Brandes - Bel Aire 2006 Permanent Marker & Acrylic on Vinyl 176 x 201 cm


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VISUAL ARTS Studio & Link Gallery:

Lobby Gallery:

Digital Gallery:

Open Submission

Open Submission

Architecture Exhibition

Constellations

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A Space for Learning

The Éigse Carlow Arts Festival Open Submission returns this summer after a year’s absence. Representing a small selection of the country’s talent, submissions were accepted under the theme “Constellations” a suggestion towards the varied ways that artists work to gather and illustrate ideas, and also the ways in which their works are combined for exhibition. This year’s open submissions have been selected and curated by Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Curatorial Fellow at VISUAL. Held in two of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art’s main galleries, the Studio and Link, “Constellations” promises a lively and diverse presentation of works by emerging and established Irish talent.

As part of the Open Submission, one artist from the 059 area code has been selected for a solo show in the Lobby Gallery at VISUAL. Bridget O’Gorman’s work has been chosen for this space and represents an artist in the locality whose practice deserves to be recognised and celebrated for its sensitive handling of ideas and objects.

An exhibition from the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) showcasing the top 10 designs from A Space for Learning, a nationwide competition for architects & architecture graduates to work with Transition Year students on the design of educational spaces. The exhibition features unique models, films, drawings and even furniture, created by the teams to illustrate their ideas and to raise public awareness of the importance of school design. A Space for Learning is the inaugural project of the IAF’s education programme and featured more than 1,500 students in 90 schools working with 120 architects around the country. The IAF placed architects in schools in 23 counties including Carlow’s St. Mary’s Academy CBS working with Keith Graham of FORM architecture. You can view participants’ ideas, images and experiences at www.aspaceforlearning.blogspot. com/ A Space for Learning is funded through the Environment Fund of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and additionally funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the Arts Council.

Gareth Jenkins - Untitled 2010 Mixed media, Winner of the 2011 Open Submission Award.

Bridget O'Gorman


GB Shaw Theatre Bar, Community Exhibition Space:

Kilgraney House Gallery, Borris Road, Bagenalstown, Co.Carlow:

Dates: 10th June - 21st August during Opening Hours

Dates: 10th June - 31st July, 10am - 6pm

Photographic Exhibition of the Carlow Rowing Club

Venue:

Simon Wright is a UK photographer and swimmer and his passion for

To celebrate the ‘Year of Craft’, Kilgraney House Gallery and Éigse

both have led him to a career specialising in aquatic sports

Carlow Arts Festival host an exhibition of ceramic art and visual art

photography. His commercial clients include Speedo UK, the British

pieces. Designers Martin Marley and Bryan Leech join forces with local

Swimming team and Zoggs and his images have won the LEN European

and international artists and crafts people to present an exhibition that

aquatic sports Photo of the Year Competition several times over the

questions the boundaries between the creative disciplines of design,

last few years. Since 2009 he continues to photograph aquatic teams,

craft and visual art. The exhibition features collaborations between

their coaches and volunteers all over Britain to help promote British

traditional crafts, visual arts and various design disciplines and aims to

swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo in the run

explore and expand the perceived boundaries between them.

Kilgraney House, Bagenalstown, Co.Carlow

up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. As part of our Barrow 2011 celebrations we brought Simon to Carlow before the festival to meet

Established in 2009, Kilgraney House Gallery is located in a series of

and photograph members of

herb gardens providing both indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces.

the

The gallery offers a platform for both local and international artists and

talented

Carlow

Rowing

Club who recently celebrated

crafts people to exhibit their works in an idyllic setting.

their 150th anniversary and their

For demonstrations, workshops and opening times consult

competitors have brought great

www.kilgraneyhouse.com/gallery

accolades to the town. You can get a sneak peek at some of the images during Carlow Regatta over the June bank holiday weekend (the week prior to Éigse). with support from Waterways Ireland

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Friday 10th June 2011

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Carlow Town Park / River Barrow

SPECIAL EVENTS

Opening Ceremony // 10pm

FREE

Pg. 02

Carlow Town Park / River Barrow

SPECIAL EVENTS

Imaginarium Water Spectacle (Opening Ceremony)// 10pm

FREE

Pg. 13

GB Shaw Theatre

THEATRE

Eden // 8pm

€16

Pg. 10

GB Shaw Theatre

SPECIAL EVENTS

Procession to the Barrow (Leaving from VISUAL) // 9.30pm

FREE

Pg. 02

Carlow Town Park / River Barrow

STREET / FAMILY

Waterpark & Watersports // 11am - 8pm

€2

Pg. 15

GB Shaw Theatre

THEATRE

Eden // 8pm

€16

Pg. 10

Seven Oaks Hotel

STREET / FAMILY

Hands on (Children's Workshops) // Time available

€7

Pg. 16

The Hub

LITERATURE

Haunted Carlow (Book Launch) // 9pm

€10

Pg. 12

Carlow Town Park / River Barrow

STREET / FAMILY

Carnival Day // 11am - 4pm

FREE

Pg. 14

Carlow Town Park / River Barrow

SPECIAL EVENTS

BLOCK PARTY// 12.30pm & 2.30pm

FREE

Pg. 03

Centaur St. along the River Barrow

STREET / FAMILY

Art in the Open // 12pm - 3pm

FREE

Pg. 14

Carlow Town Park / River Barrow

STREET / FAMILY

Waterpark & Water Sports // 11am - 8pm

€2

Pg. 15

Carlow Town Park / River Barrow

EALAÍN ÓG

The Vault Sessions // 2pm - 4pm

FREE

Pg. 23

GB Shaw Theatre

LITERATURE

Paul Durcan // 8pm

€10

Pg. 11

Saturday 11th June 2011

at boxoffice & online

Sunday 12th June 2011

PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL

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STREET / FAMILY Three Sisters // Pg 13 What's Your Doodle // Pg 15 Éigse Trail // Pg 16 .....................................................

EALAÍN ÓG Ealaín Óg Exhibitions @ The Vault // Pg 23

Monday 13th June 2011 LOCAL CULTURE

20:20 // 8pm

FREE

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Ealaín Óg at The Vault

EALAÍN ÓG

The Vault Sessions // 3pm - 5pm

FREE

Pg. 23

Ealaín Óg at The Vault

EALAÍN ÓG

Borris Vocational School Presentation // 7pm

FREE

Pg. 23

LOCAL CULTURE

Artisan Food Night // 7.30pm

FREE

Pg. 22

LITERATURE

Flip the Script // 8pm

€5

Pg. 12

Ealaín Óg at The Vault

EALAÍN ÓG

The Vault Sessions // 3pm - 5pm

FREE

Pg. 23

Ealaín Óg at The Vault

EALAÍN ÓG

Intercultural Project Presentation // 7pm - 8pm

FREE

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Café Formenti

Tuesday 14th June 2011 Lennon's @ VISUAL Lord Bagenal Hotel, Bagenalstown


Wednesday 15th June 2011 THEATRE

Mise Sceál Cáilín (Theatre for Schools) // 12 midday

€5

Pg. 10

Seven Oaks Hotel

SPECIAL EVENTS

Jason Byrne// 8pm

€18

Pg. 04

Talbot Hotel

THEATRE

Faulty Towers // 7.30pm

€45

Pg. 09

Ealaín Óg at The Vault

EALAÍN ÓG

The Vault Sessions // 3pm - 5pm

FREE

Pg. 23

Ealaín Óg at The Vault

EALAÍN ÓG

Fashion Show // 7pm - 8pm

FREE

Pg. 23

St.Mary's Church

MUSIC

National Chamber Choir // 8pm

€14

Pg. 06

Talbot Hotel

THEATRE

Faulty Towers // 7.30pm

€45

Pg. 09

Ealaín Óg at The Vault

EALAÍN ÓG

The Vault Sessions // 3pm - 5pm

FREE

Pg. 23

Ealaín Óg at The Vault

EALAÍN ÓG

'First Day Blues' (Blackstairs Children's Theatre) // 7pm - 8pm

FREE

Pg. 23

GB Shaw Theatre

MUSIC

Kaleidoscope// 8.30pm

€14

Pg. 06

Teach Dolmain

MUSIC

Trad Music Session // 10pm

FREE

Pg. 07

Brennan's Bar

MUSIC

Trad Music Session // 10pm

FREE

Pg. 07

Ealaín Óg at The Vault

EALAÍN ÓG

The Vault Sessions // 3pm - 5pm

FREE

Pg. 23

Ealaín Óg at The Vault

EALAÍN ÓG

Exhibition Presentation // 7pm - 8pm

FREE

Pg. 23

Streets of Carlow

EALAÍN ÓG

The Vault Sessions // 2pm - 4pm

FREE

Pg. 23

GB Shaw Theatre

MUSIC

Fisherstreet Reunion Concert // 8pm

€14

Pg. 07

Seven Oaks Hotel

STREET / FAMILY

Hands on (Children's Workshops) // Time available

€7

Pg. 16

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GB Shaw Theatre

Thursday 16th June 2011

Friday 17th June 2011

Saturday 18th June 2011

VISUAL ARTS

..................................................... Visual Centre for Contemporary Art 11th June - 21st August (See Pages 19 - 21) .....................................................

Éigse Visual Arts Exhibition

at boxoffice & online

Constellations Calling 059... A Space for Learning

Sunday 19th June 2011 St.Mary's Church

MUSIC

Solo Series Box Set (CMC) // 6pm

The Tower Live, Dinn Rí

MUSIC

Teach Dolmain

MUSIC

€12

Pg. 08

Duckworth Lewis Method// 8pm

€25

Pg. 05

Trad Music Session // 2pm

FREE

Pg. 07

Carlow Rowing Club Photo Exhibition Kilgraney House Exhibition


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20:20 20 Seconds to describe what drives you!

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Monday 13th June | Café Formenti | 8pm | FREE This is a fast-paced, informal and fun event which brings together individuals from the creative industries in Carlow and beyond. The event comprises an interactive slideshow where each speaker displays 20 images of their choice and speaks about each image for 20 seconds… it’s a race against the clock! Ever wondered what makes someone think the way they do? Join us June on 13th at 8pm and all will be revealed.

ARTISAN FOOD NIGHT In conjunction with Lennon’s Restaurant

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Tuesday 14th June | Lennon’s @ VISUAL | 7.30pm Join us for a food and wine evening to remember at Lennon’s restaurant where the menu will be showcasing the best artisan producers from local and surrounding areas. Make sure to come on an empty stomach!

LOCAL CULTURE

Cultúr Áitúilá

Dáta / DATE: Monday 13th June Am / TIME: 8pm Ticéid / TICKETS: FREE EVENT Ionad / LOCATION: Café Formenti

LOCAL CULTURE

Cultúr Áitúilá

Dáta / DATE: Tuesday 14th June Am / TIME: 7.30pm Ionad / LOCATION: Lennon’s at VISUAL


EALAÍN ÓG Carlow Youth Services

EALAÍN ÓG

The Vault Sessions

Creative Writing Showcase

Venue: Carlow Town Park & the Streets of Carlow Date: Sunday 12th June & 19th June Opening Hours: 2pm – 4pm Price: Free entrance

Venue: The Vault, Carlow Regional Youth Services Date: Wednesday 15th June Opening Hours: 6pm – 7pm

Exhibitions

Fashion Show

“Young People in Our Community” & Borris Vocational School Photographic Exhibition “Frame Your Place”

Venue: The Vault, Carlow Regional Youth Services Date: Monday 13th - Friday 18th June Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 5pm - 7pm Price: Free entrance

Price: Free entrance

Venue: The Vault, Carlow Regional Youth Services Date: Wednesday 15th June Opening Hours: 7pm – 8pm Price: Free entrance * All clothes are second hand, styled and modelled by the fashionistas of Carlow Regional Youth Services

* Borris Photographic Winner presentation on Monday 13th at 7pm. Presentation of “Young People in Our Community” on Friday 17th at 7pm.

The Vault Sessions Venue: The Vault, Carlow Regional Youth Services Date: Monday 13th - Friday 18th June Opening Hours: 3pm – 5pm Price: Free entrance

Blackstairs Children’s Theatre Performance of “First Day Blues”

Venue: The Vault, Carlow Regional Youth Services Date: Thursday 16th June Opening Hours: 7pm – 8pm Price: Free entrance

Presentation of the Intercultural Project

A Collaborative Video Project

Venue: The Vault, Carlow Regional Youth Services Date: Tuesday 14th June Opening Hours: 7pm – 8pm Price: Free entrance

The group will be documenting the preparation of Éigse, Ealaín Óg and the festival itself creating an opportunity for young people to learn and develop video and editing skills.

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Ealaín Óg is a Youth Festival in The Vault, Carlow Regional Youth Services. Supported by Éigse, this mini festival runs from 12th June - 19th June 2011 Contact Details: The Vault, CRYS at 059-9133714 or check out Vault Sessions or Vault Carlow on Facebook.


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SCHOOLS / OUTREACH PROJECTS

.............................................................................................................................................................................................. Éigse loves working with Carlow schools and community groups and we’re always enthusiastic about growing and expanding our programme each year to invest in our children and our community’s future. With a special focus this year on the natural environment and especially the River Barrow, Éigse have developed outreach programmes to engage with the children, schools and community of Carlow to share in their learning of the joy, excitement and mystery of the world that we live in. In our ongoing effort to keep the spirit of the Éigse festival alive beyond the 10 days in June, we have provided activities, workshops, lectures and projects for the children and community of Carlow all year round.

ÉIGSE SCHOOLS AMBASSADORS

........................................................................................... The Schools Ambassadors programme was developed to engage the interest of Carlow primary school children and their families in the workings of the Éigse Carlow Arts Festival. The huge year round effort that goes into planning and organising the festival provides great opportunity for children and adults alike to learn and get involved. Two children from each participating school are invited to a number of team meetings where we tell them all about the life of a festival and what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. The Ambassadors programme has a view to developing the children’s interest in the Éigse festival and all it entails and giving them the opportunity to share their stories with their peers in a classroom presentation setting or indeed their families at home. The children receive specially created Éigse Ambassador Packs to take home with them to keep fresh in their mind all the exciting things they have seen and learned in our care.

ÉIGSE ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT PROJECT In conjunction with Merck Sharp & Dohme

................................................................................................................ The environment, education and community form an integral part of the ethos and vision of the Éigse Carlow Arts Festival so in conjunction with MSD we have developed a project to benefit all three. Again targeting Carlow primary schools children will learn about the natural environment, why it’s important to preserve it and how we can do that in our schools and homes with a focus on water as a source of energy, drawing on examples such as the River Barrow and its inhabitants. The hope is that each pupil will feel confident in their knowledge and environmental enhancement capabilities and go back to spread the word throughout their schools and homes encouraging each family, class and pupil to make sustainable changes. From this each school submits a project focusing on environmental changes within their school.


............................................................................................................................. A continuation and development of the programme from 2010, the Young Critics Forum leaves no stone unturned (or no turn unstoned!). A cast of young critics from local schools are tasked by children’s writer Dave Donoghue to critique the festival and its event from their own perspective. Workshops are held in advance of the festival and again at the end of the festival where a range of Éigse events will be taken apart and scrutinised. In 2011 the young critics will also learn to preview and interview artists in advance of the festival. The Carlow Nationalist, KCLR 96FM and the Festival Director will be actively involved in giving the children as much information as they can soak in about the festival and continued support about their roles as critics. The reviews will be printed in the Carlow Nationalist shortly after the festival. Keep an eye out to see what our young critics make of the 2011 festival!

VISUAL ARTS SCHOOLS Interpretive talks & workshops

........................................................................ Éigse and VISUAL present gallery tours for both primary and secondary schools. Tours can accommodate a maximum number of 36 students and teachers are required to remain with tours at all times. Tours during Éigse are free and must be booked in advance at box office. There is limited availability so tours will be offered one class per school, where spare capacity allows, schools can be offered a second tour for another class.

ÉIGSE BEAG in conjunction with Fairgreen Shopping Centre

CARLOW SILVER SONG

Working with our local partners, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, we have developed a series of mini Éigse weekends outside of the regular festival dates to keep the spirit of Éigse alive in Carlow all year round. The mini festivals will kick off in April with street entertainment and workshops to increase the sense of activity and excitement in the town centre. Keep your eyes peeled in the Fairgreen Shopping Centre and the Carlow Nationalist for details of the next Éigse Beag event. It might just open your eyes to BIG things!

Carlow Silver Song is an engagement project developed by Éigse and Cormiosa Choir to encourage older people from the Carlow region to blow the cobwebs off their voice and belt out a tune. The aim is enjoyment and the project will culminate in a showcase performance at the 2011 Culture Night on September 23rd. The project is initiated to empower people to rise to the artistic and physical challenges of using their voice and to rediscover the joy of singing so dust off those vocal chords and show the young ones how it’s done!

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FRINGE

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FRINGE HIGHLIGHTS What are we looking at?

Paintings by Lily O’Rourke & Sally Ashmore

Date & Time: 10th - 19th June, 11am - 5pm

Date & Time: 11th - 19th June, 11am - 7.30pm

Location: 4 Tullow Street, Carlow

Location: Cathedral Parish Centre, College Street, Carlow

Selected works by college students of the Crawford College

An exhibition of paintings by Lily O’Rourke and Sally Ashmore.

of Art and Design in Cork. Mark Buckeridge, Rory Mullen, Dean

Sally paints in a colourful, naïve style in watercolour, acrylic, oil

O’Connor and Sophie Behal. Working with the mediums of

and mixed media. Lily takes her inspiration from nature using

Paint, Photography, Video and Installation. Using these different

the medium of oil, pastel and watercolour.

mediums to explore the variety of themes of their own personal work, What are we looking at?


Mary Cullen at BLUEPRINT

Steal Town

Children’s Songs

Date & Time: 10th - 19th June, Daily Location: Castle Gate, Kennedy St., Carlow

Date & Time: 10th - 19th June, 10am - 5pm Location: No.9 Dublin Street, Carlow Town.

Date & Time: 11th - 19th June, 9am - 6pm (Mon - Fri) 9am - 4pm Saturday Location: Sheehy Motors, Green Lane, Carlow

Dreamlands –

A sense of failed history, or one that was

an exhibition of new artworks by Carlow

allowed to fail, occupies these photographs.

based artist Mary Cullen, showing as part

Abandoned places, spaces and objects

of the 4th annual BLUEPRINT exhibition.

have come to represent the consequences of our culture of attainment and rejection. Steal Town is an investigation into deindustrialisation both nationally and internationally and the now useless infrastructures that have been immobilised by greed and contradiction. (Opening: June 10th 6.00pm – 8.00pm)

Exhibition of new paintings on alluminium by Iwona Nartowska-O’Reilly. The artist’s use of unusual painting background adds a three dimensional aspect to her work. She focuses mainly on portrait. For more examples of her work visit www.nartowska.com

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FRINGE Exhibition / Event Trails Exhibition

Solo Collection

Artists: Jacinta Crowley Long, Trudi Doyle & Attracta Carbery Date: 10th - 19th June Time: 11am - 7pm Daily (Late Opening Thurs – Sun) Location: Ceder Room, Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Rd, Carlow

Artists: Anne Deere Date: 10th - 19th June Time: 6pm - 12am Location: Lautrecs Brassiere, 115 Tullow Street, Carlow

The Forge Collection

Just a Glimpse

Artists: Local Artists & Craft Workers Date: From 3rd June Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm Location: The Forge Restaurant, Kilbride Cross, Ballon, Co.Carlow

Artists: Catherine Ryan Date: 8th - 19th June Time: 9am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday Location: Mac’s Menswear, Tullow Street, Carlow

The Carlow Art Collection

EXPOSURE 8

A permanent, public collection of art. Date/ Time: Permanent exhibition during college office hours. To enter, sign in at reception. Location: St.Patricks College

Artists: Carlow Photographic Society Date: 10th – 18th June Time: Opening Hours Location: Carlow Library, Tullow Street, Carlow

Take 3 – Selection of Artwork

Ceramics, Fused Glass & Paintings

Artists: Liz Eustace, Maura O’Halloran & Catherine Ryan Date: 6th June Time: From 9am Location: Hennessy’s Food & Wine Restaurant, Dublin Street & College Street, Carlow

Artist: Bev Carbery Date: 10th – 19th June Time: 11.30am – 5.30 Daily Location: Pembroke Studio (Off Burrin Street) 1 Pembroke, Carlow


Exhibition of Paintings by Local Artists

9 Stones Artists

Artists: Local Artists Date: 10th - 18th June Time: 10am - 6pm Daily Location: Carlow Art & Framing Shop, Tullow St, Carlow

Artists: Local Artists Date: 10th – 15th June Time: 11am – 4pm Location: Borris, Co. Carlow

Collaborative Collection lll

Glór Cheatharlach Spraoicheist na hÉigse

Artists: Anne Deere & Mandy Byrne Date: 10th – 19th June Time: Opening Hours Location: Jones Business Systems, Burrin Street, Carlow

Artists: i gcomhar le Gael Linn Date: Dé Ceadaoin, 15 Meitheamh Time: ag 10.30am Location: Bóthar Phollerton Ceatharlach

Barrowvalley Painters Group Exhibition

Summer Season of Plays

Artists: Barrowvalley Painters Group Date: 11th – 18th Jun Time: 11am – 7pm Location: Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow (Official Opening: Sat 11th June 8pm)

Artists: The Carlow Little Theatre Society Date: 8th – 10th June Time: 8pm Location: Carlow Town Hall, Centaur Street, Carlow Tickets: €12/10 on sale at Goldmark Jewellers, Tullow St.

Barrow Life - An Exhibition of Photography

Carlow Sunshine Folk Club

Artists: Carlow Photographic Society Date: 6th – 30th June Time: Opening Hours Location: Lennons @ VISUAL

Artists: Local Singers & Musicians Date: 10th and 24th June Time: 10pm Location: Carlow Rowing Club, The Quays, Carlow

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HOW TO BOOK By Phone

Box Office Opening Hours

Please call 059 917 2400 during GB Shaw Theatre Box Office hours. See across for times.

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Online www.eigsecarlow.ie www.gbshawtheatre.ie Booking available online 24hours a day. Tickets can be collected at the Festival Box Offices (during opening hours) or at the venue prior to the performance. Please state which box office location you will collect from.

In Person Tickets can be purchased in person at the Festival Box Offices (on map) during opening hours.

Ticket Refunds We regret that tickets cannot be refunded after purchase. To obtain a refund in the unlikely event of a performance cancellation, tickets must be returned to the Box Office.

Car Parking Various parking facilities are available in Carlow, please see map.

Venues Tickets will also be available at each venue on the night of each performance (subject to availability). Please check www.eigsecarlow.ie for updates on ticket availability.

Booking Fees A booking fee of €1 per ticket applies to all card transactions whether purchased online, via telephone or in person (to a maximum of €10).

In advance of the festival: Tues - Sat: 11am – 5pm Sunday: 2pm – 5pm During the festival week: Tues - Sat: 11am – 7pm Sunday: 12pm – 5pm On day of events one hour prior to the start of show (Open Mon 13th June 11am – 7pm) Fairgreen Shopping Centre (Tiglin Box Office hut)

All tickets are for unreserved seating. Daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm Dates: 1st – 19th June

Special Needs If you, or anyone in your party, have any special needs including requirements for extra leg room or special seating arrangements for hearing or visually impaired patrons please discuss this with our Box Office staff when you are making your booking and they will advise you.

Disabled Access All events in the GB Shaw Theatre are fully accessible for disabled patrons and designated car parking is available in the public car park adjacent to the centre. Please check www.eigsecarlow.ie for details of other venues. Please ensure that you advise our Box Office staff of your needs when making your booking.


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FESTIVAL Free Festival Friend Sticker Guest list plus one for festival opening night party Acknowledgement of your support in the Official Nationalist Éigse Festival Supplement 10% discount on tickets to a range of events Acknowledgement of your support on the official Éigse website Pre-sale priority booking Two complimentary guest invitations to all Éigse hospitality events Two free tickets to the Jason Byrne comedy gig at Éigse Your business’s logo featured in the Official Nationalist Éigse Festival Supplement Additional marketing, online and promotional support for your brand. A specially tailored advertising campaign courtesy of the Éigse marketing team

Fest i €200 val Par tner Fest i €400 val Pat ron +

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GETTING TO CARLOW

Carlow is conveniently located in the South East of Ireland and easily accessed by road, rail and bus services. For further information visit: www.carlowtourism.com

By Car To Carlow Town

By Bus

Dublin via M7 & M9: 84km (52miles) – 1hour

Bus Eireann operates 10 services to Waterford and Dublin

Belfast via M1, M50, M7 & M9: 260km (161miles) – 2hrs 50mins

Monday – Saturday via Carlow with 5 services to Dublin

Cork via M8: 186km (116miles) – 2hrs 15mins

and 8 services to Waterford each Sunday.

Limerick via M7: 135km (84miles) – 1hrs 50mins Galway via M6: 199km (124miles) – 2hrs 30mins Rosslare Port: 90km (56miles) – 1hr 25mins Waterford Airport: 80km (50miles) – 1hr 10mins

By Train 9 services operate to Carlow Town from Dublin Heuston (and return) on a daily basis Mon – Fri. 8 services operate on a Saturday and 4 services on a Sunday.

Train station Carlow: Tel: +353 (0) 59 913 1633 or visit www.irishrail.ie

Bus station Waterford: Tel: +353 (0) 51 879 000 or visit www.buseireann.ie J.J. Kavanagh’s bus serves Carlow Town, IT Carlow and Royal Park, Bagenalstown 12 times per day. From Dublin Airport (coach park) and Dublin City (outside Ulster Bank, Georges Quay).

J.J. Kavanagh: Tel: +353 (0) 59 914 3081 or visit www.jjkavanagh.ie

Mailing List Don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list. By email – Receive regular bulletins & details of special offers. By post – Delivery of our festival brochure. Also follow us on Twitter / Facebook for realtime updates.

Éigse Gift Vouchers The perfect gift for any occasion! Gift vouchers are ideal for friends, loved ones and even corporate gifts. Let them choose the shows they love and give a gift voucher for the Éigse Carlow Arts Festival.

Contact us on +353 (0) 59 914 0491 for more details.


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04. Lord Bagenal Hotel (Bagenalstown) 05. Kilgraney House (Bagenalstown) 06. Seven Oaks Hotel 07. Dinn Ri / The Tower 08. Talbot Hotel 09. The Vault 10. The Hub

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PLACES OF INTEREST 17. Liberty Tree 18. Carlow Railway Station 19. Carlow Bus Park 20. Carlow Shopping Centre 21. Carlow Castle 22. Carlow Cathedral 23. Carlow College 24. Carlow I.T. 25. Carlow Library 26. Court House

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• Oak Park • Dr.Cullen Park • Co. Carlow RFC • Carlow Tennis Club

• Dublin M9 • Athy R417 • Delta Centre

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ÉIGSE TEAM Director Tara Connaghan Administrator Pamela Sunderland, Lisa Nolan (maternity leave) Festival Assistants Debbie Weller Jenny Walsh Open Submission Curator Emma Lucy O’Brien Publicist, Sponsorship & Marketing Amy Buckeridge & The Publicity Loft PR Intern Tabitha Bourke-Cooney Brendan Byrne Graphic Design Tomasz Knapik Lightning Print & Design Ltd. Accountants Harney Nolan

Board of Directors Nuala Grogan (Chair), John MacKenna (Vice-Chair), Derry Dillon, Michael Abbey, Jennifer Murnane O’Connor & Caroline Townsend.

Volunteers Éigse Carlow Arts Festival would like to thank all our invaluable volunteers who have given so generously over the years. 2011 marks a special European Year of Volunteering and we’re delighted so many wonderfully talented people have given their time and commitment to making the festival the best it can be for everyone to enjoy. We always welcome new volunteers so if you’d like to volunteer, contact us on 059-9140491 or info@eigsecarlow.ie


A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO... Members of Carlow County Council, County Manager Tom Barry, Bernie O’Brien, Sinead Dowling & Ann Scully of the Carlow Arts Office, Members of Carlow Town Council, Town Clerk Michael Brennan & staff at Carlow Town Council, Úna McCarthy & all at the Arts Council, Amanda Horan & all at Fáilte Ireland, Clare O’Shea & Carlow Leader, Deirdre Davitt & Foras na Gaeilge, Waterways Ireland, Emma Lucy O’Brien, Carissa Farrell, Róisín McGarr, Joe Flavin & staff at VISUAL & GB Shaw Theatre, Tadhg McSweeney, Derry Dillon, Jacqui McCrum, Frances Ruane & Maureen Porteous at AIB, Cornelia McCarthy, Karen Hennessy at the CMC, Imelda Dervin at the NCC, Cliodhna Ryan & Kate Ellis at Kaleidoscope, Ben Barnes at The Theatre Royal Waterford, David Teevin at Ten42 Productions, Mark Downing at AMA, Jamie Alcock & all at Carlow Youth Services, Ollie Byrne & all at Carlow Sub Aqua Club, Carlow Rowing Club, Barrow 2011 committee, T.V., Mike, Dermot & all at Spraoí festival, Damian Downes & all at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Loretta & Robert at Dance Theatre of Ireland, Martin Marley & Bryan Leech at Kilgraney House Gallery, Reverend Olivia Williams, Dinn Rí, Teach Dolmain, Brennan’s Bar, Michael Murphy & staff at the Seven Oaks Hotel, Karen O’Sullivan & all at The Talbot Hotel, The Dolmen Hotel, Lord Bagenal Hotel, Richie, Christina & Melana at Café Formenti, The Byrne family and staff at Lennon’s Restaurant, Mario & staff at Pompei Restaurant, Conal Boyle & staff at The Nationalist, John Purcell & staff at KCLR, staff & students at Carlow IT, Carlow Amenity Trust, Carlow Garda Síochána, Carlow Fire Service, Civil Defence, Eileen O’Rourke & staff of Carlow Tourism & Tourist Office, John Brophy & the Fairgreen complex, Tiglin Garden Products, Carlow Folk Club & Carlow CCE, Carlow Volunteer Centre, Rachael Doyle & Olive Condron & all at the Carlow Chamber of Commerce, Carlow Enterprise Board, Carlow Rotary Club, Carlow Business Network, Gerardine and Joe Walsh at Sign Management Services, Redhill Properties, PJ Hickson, Pembroke Club D’Art, Glór Cheatharlach, Alan Cashin, Sharon Murphy, Karan Thompson, Joe Watters, Pat Buckeridge, Gerry Moloney, Amy Buckeridge, Tabitha Bourke-Cooney, Brendan Byrne, Rachel McGuinness, Tomasz Knapik, Ollie Hennessey, Dermot Mulligan, Heather Tunsted, Yvonne Abbey, Heather Grogan, Tricia Hutton, Dolores, Aideen & Edel McHugh, Phil & Annette Udell, Jamie Moran, Michelle Massey, The Connaghan family, Seamus McMahon, Éithne Ní Ghallchobháir, Olga Barry, Paul Browne at Earagail Arts Festival, Ciarán Gilmore at Open House Festival, Jim Mulholland & Marie Claire O’Donnell at the Patrick MacGill Summer School, Frances O’Gorman at the Ennis Book Club Festival. All our curators, staff, volunteers, board and committee members. All our sponsors, advertisers and funders. All the 2011 artists, promoters and participating venues, businesses and people of Carlow and of course the audience…Thank you all for your support. Míle buíochas!

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Take a bow! The arts really matter to us in Ireland; they are a big part of people’s lives, the country’s single most popular pursuit. Our artists interpret our past, define who we are today, and imagine our future. We can all take pride in the enormous reputation our artists have earned around the world. The arts play a vital role in our economy, and smart investment of taxpayers’ money in the arts is repaid many times over. The dividends come in the form of a high value, creative economy driven by a flexible, educated, innovative work force, and in a cultural tourism industry worth a2.4 billion directly a year.

The Arts Council is the Irish Government agency for funding and developing the arts. Arts Council funding from the taxpayer, through the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, for 2011 is a a65.2 million, that’s around 80 cents a week for every household. So, at the end of your next great festival experience, don’t forget the role you played and take a bow yourself! Find out what’s on at

www.events.artscouncil.ie You can find out more about the arts here:

www.artscouncil.ie


Éigse Carlow Arts Festival Forresters’ Hall College Street, Carlow Admin. Tel +353 59 9140491 Fax +353 59 9130065 Email info@eigsecarlow.ie Booking Line Tel +353 59 9172400 Web www.eigsecarlow.ie Information & Tickets also available at GB Shaw Theatre & Fairgreen Shopping Centre


Eigse Festival Programme 2011