Carlow Arts Festival 2013 programme

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7 Jun

Official Opening of Carlow Arts Festival

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art

7 Jun

Bronagh Gallagher

George Bernard Shaw Theatre







Daily from 8 Jun Exhibition: Beasts of England, Beasts of Ireland

Main Gallery, VISUAL Centre

11am - 5pm

Visual Art

Daily from 8 Jun Exhibition: Extinction

Studio Gallery, VISUAL Centre

11am - 5pm

Visual Art

Daily from 8 Jun Exhibition: Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall Link Gallery, VISUAL Centre

11am - 5pm

Visual Art

Daily from 8 Jun Exhibition: Open Submission 2013

Digital Gallery, VISUAL Centre

11am - 5pm

Visual Art

8 - 17 Jun

Dublin Street: Galleries and Cultural Spaces

Dublin Street, Carlow

11am - 5pm

Visual Art

8 - 9 Jun

Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas

Borris House, Borris village, Co. Carlow

11am - 8pm


8 - 17 Jun

Carlow Photographic Society (Mentor: Amelia Stein)

George Bernard Shaw Room, Central Library, Carlow

11am - 5pm

Visual Art

8 - 17 Jun

Exhibition: Saidhbhín Gibson

Carlow County Museum

11am - 5pm

Visual Art

8 - 17 Jun

Craft Exhibition: True Love

Kilgraney House, Near Bagenalstown

11am - 5pm

Visual Art

8 - 17 Jun

Exhibition: Underbelly

Lennons Cafe

11am - 5pm

Visual Art

8 Jun

I ♥ Alice ♥ I

George Bernard Shaw Theatre

8 Jun

Fairgreen Party in the Park

Town Park

8 Jun

Éigse Strongman

8 Jun

Taste of Carlow Food Market and Alfresco Dining

8 Jun


St Mary’s Church

8 Jun

Sharon Shannon and ‘Carlow 800’ Fireworks

River Barrow

10 - 11 Jun

Music Hall

Carlow, Tullow, Leighlinbridge, Graiguecullen

10 - 14 Jun

Gallery Tours

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art

10 - 11 Jun

Wishing Tree

10 Jun 10 Jun



2pm - 7pm

Kids Carnival

Town Park

2pm - 6pm


River Barrow Promenade

3pm to 9pm




8pm - 10.45pm Music/Spectacle various




George Bernard Shaw Theatre

10.30am / 12pm


Dog and String Theatre: Puppet Workshop

George Bernard Shaw Theatre



Film Screening: Good Vibrations

George Bernard Shaw Cinema



11, 12, 13 Jun

Science-tastic (SOLD OUT)




11, 12, 14 Jun

Pottery Workshops (SOLD OUT)

IWA Kilkenny Road



11 Jun

Singing Nina: The Life and Music of Nina Simone

George Bernard Shaw Theatre



11 - 12 Jun

Les Misérables

George Bernard Shaw Theatre/Borris House



12 Jun

Sebastien Marq and friends

Link Gallery, VISUAL Centre


Music recital

13 - 17 Jun

Makeshop by Science Gallery

Dublin Street, Carlow

10am - 6pm

Visual Art

13 Jun

John Cooper Clarke

George Bernard Shaw Theatre



14 Jun

IBM Robotics Workshop (SOLD OUT)

George Bernard Shaw Theatre



14 Jun

Andrew Maxwell, with Barry Murphy’s ‘Gunther’

George Bernard Shaw Theatre



14 Jun

Beethoven’s Ninth (Fergus Shiel conductor)

Carlow Cathedral



15 - 16 Jun

History Festival of Ireland

Ducketts Grove, Co. Carlow



15 Jun

Film Premiere: Ceol

George Bernard Shaw Cinema

15 Jun

Salty Dog Sessions

O’Loughlins Pub

16 Jun

Lennons Cookie Academy

Lennons Cafe



16 Jun

Stiletto Sprint

Dublin Street



16 Jun

Colin Dunne: Out of Time

George Bernard Shaw Theatre



16 Jun

Festival Club Closing Night

Theatre Bar, VISUAL Centre



7pm/ 8pm/9pm





Marie Cashin School of Dance

George Bernard Shaw Theatre



9 Jul

Wonderland Theatre School

George Bernard Shaw Theatre



9 Jul

Film: Amour

George Bernard Shaw Cinema



12 Jul

Love-Hungry Farmer

George Bernard Shaw Theatre



16 - 17 Jul

Those Halcyon days

George Bernard Shaw Cinema



12 - 16 Aug

Digitales Create School

George Bernard Shaw Theatre



13 Aug

Film: Rust and Bone

George Bernard Shaw Cinema



Welcome to Carlow Arts Festival 2013 Every year we set off on a journey in search of cultural riches to bring to this county that is already so vibrant in the arts, and we hold our breath to see if the public like what we come back with. What is lovely about this festival is that it comes together very organically, and that it feeds off suggestions from absolutely anyone. Earlier in the year I came across a TED talk with a gentleman called Giles Duley, a British photojournalist who was severely injured after stepping on a bomb whilst taking photographs in Afghanistan, and I was brought to tears, moved enough to put his name humbly forward. He’s going to come to the village of Borris now, and I can nearly not think about anything else... I am proud that Carlow has now got a literary festival that stands tall amongst the best in the country; that it has pioneered a trend with The History Festival, and that it is graced with the use of the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, the most exciting art space in Ireland, to unveil the work of over 60 artists of extraordinary repute. Please come and see what we’ve found, and immerse yourself in it. Nuala Grogan Chairperson, Carlow Arts Festival

contents... visual art Beast of England, Beasts of Ireland Extinction Improvisations of the Theme of an Irish Wall Carlow Arts Festival Open Submission 2013 Saidhbin Gibson: Sojourn Carlow Photographic Society: Intimate Landscapes Derry Dillon: Underbelly Dublin Street Galleries and Cultural Spaces Delta Centre Street Decoration Local Culture

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stage I ♥ Alice ♥ I Les Misérables John Cooper Clarke Andrew Maxwell and Barry Murphy Colin Dunne: Out of Time Margaret and Ken and The End of the World Music Hall

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cinema Good Vibrations Ceol Summer Film Screenings

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family participation Science Gallery Party in the Park Éigse Strongman Lennons Cookie Academy Wishing Tree Pottery Workshop Dog and String Puppetry Workshop Art Workshops

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school participation School Tours Lego Workshop Science-tastic

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VISUAL centre in the summer

music Bronagh Gallagher Singing Nina: The Life and Music of Nina Simone Sebastian Marq and Friends Beethoven’s Ninth (Fergus Shiel) Salty Dog Sessions Liam O’Maonlai Sharon Shannon and Her Big Band Local Culture

Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas The History Festival of Ireland John Cooper Clarke

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Dancer in residence: Emma Martin Summer Film Club Love-Hungry Farmer Marie Cashin School of Dance Those Halcyon Days Digitales Wonderland Theatre School Summer Art Camp

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Brochure design and production: tom feehan ( Front cover illustration: Steve Simpson

Francis Upritchard, Mask Monkey & Ug Monkey, 2009

Ben Long, Horse Scaffolding Sculpture, 2013

Isabel Nolan, A Fanaticism of Sympathy, 2009

Beasts Of England, Beasts Of Ireland Curated by Stephen Brandes Venue Date

Main Gallery, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art 8 June - 7 September

Since Aesop, and indeed further back into history, human values have been projected onto animals as a vehicle for exploring our relationships with one-another and the world around us. This exhibition considers some of the ways animals have been deployed symbolically within contemporary art practice. The exhibition borrows its title from Old Major’s anthem in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a prime example of an allegorical tale, where human politics are conveyed through animal characters. Eleven artists participate in the exhibition, include Djordje Ozbolt (Serb/UK), Polly Morgan (UK), Francis Upritchard (NZ/UK), Dan Hays (UK), Yuriy Norshteyn (Rus) and from Ireland Alex Rose, Stephen McKenna, Garrett Phelan, Isabel Nolan and Martin Healy. UK artist Ben Long’s nine-meter high sculpture of a rearing horse fashioned from aluminium scaffolding will impose upon the central space of the gallery. Stephen Brandes is a practicing artist, based in Co Cork. Born in Wolverhampton, UK, he moved to Ireland in 1993. In 2005, he co-represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale and has since continued to show his work both nationally and internationally. Stephen has curated several exhibitions in Ireland and the UK. A publication with texts by Stephen Brandes and Sinead Dowling accompanies this exhibition. Beasts of England, Beasts of Ireland is co- presented by VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow Arts Festival 2013 and Carlow Local Authorities Arts Office.


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A panel discussion with artists Polly Morgan, Dan Hays, Alex Rose, Stephen McKenna, Garrett Phelan, Isabel Nolan, Martin Healy and curator Stephen Brandes will take place on Friday 7th June at 5pm in VISUAL. Stephen Brandes will give a curator’s tour of this show in the Main Gallery on Saturday 8 June at 12pm. Family Art Workshops, based on this exhibition, are facilitated by an artist. These are ideal for 7-12 year olds with parents present (€3 per person). WIRE SCULPTURE (horses, monkeys, dogs and birds) Sunday 9 June at 2pm FELT BADGE MAKING (animal shapes and forms) Sunday 16 June at 2pm ANIMAL SHADOW PUPPETS (create and take part in an animal puppet show) Sunday 25 August at 2pm Book for all these on 059 9172400. Please note they always sell out in advance...

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The Project Twins, 2013

Steve Simpson, Cows are Really Meaty, 2013

Steve McCarthy, Warm Hearts in Cold Water, 2013

An exhibition of Contemporary Illustrators Curated by Derry Dillon Venue Studio Gallery, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art Dates 8 June - 7 September

Seven of Ireland’s leading Illustrators – chosen for innovation, wit, style, uniqueness and exceptional talent – were asked to respond to the subject of ‘extinction’, and to contextualise their submission with a viewing cabinet of influences and miscellany. Olivia Golden is a Cork-based illustrator who has a broad skill-set in design and illustration and works comfortably in both traditional and digital media. Stephen Maurice Graham is a Belfast-based illustrator whose work bristles with subtle narratives, eclectic form and playful colouration. Current Children's Laureate Niamh Sharkey is the author and illustrator of many of our favourite children's picture books including I'm a Happy Hugglewug and The Ravenous Beast. Steve Simpson is a freelance illustrator/designer working in the areas of packaging design, illustration and art for children’s books. (An online interview with Steve Simpson, who designed the cover of this programme, on Steve McCarthy creates illustrations of charm and humour and with a distinct approach to each project and playful use of type and drawing his work spans a variety of media. Phil McDarby is a Wicklow-based artist who visits the woods every single day for inspiration and produces distinct fantasy and science fiction artwork for advertising, production design, branding, and animation. The Project Twins are the Cork-based FitzGerald brothers whose work uses bold graphics and visual wit to create striking illustrations to clearly communicate a subject matter. The resulting exhibition will showcase some of the very best work emerging from Ireland’s rich bank of Illustrators, and present their practices in a gallery context.

TALKS AND WORKSHOPS A panel discussion with Olivia Golden, Philip McDarby and The Project Twins on their practices will take place on Saturday 9 June in VISUAL at 2pm. Steve Simpson will lead a workshop on Saturday 15 June at 11am on the ‘Illustrators practice’. Stephen Maurice Graham will give a master-class in designing a comic book on Saturday 8 June in VISUAL at 11am for budding cartoonists of all ages. Steve McCarthy will be with us in July. YOU MUST BOOK FOR THESE: Places are limited - 059 9172400

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Terry Martin, Heart of the Tree, 2012, jacaranda

John Lee, Farraige (Sea), 2008, oak

Neil Turner, Fireform, 2008, sandalwood

Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall A sculptural installation by twenty International and Irish wood artists Curated by Terry Martin, and Commissioned by Carlow Arts Festival Venue Date

Link Gallery, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art 8 June - 7 September

This exhibition brings together ten of the most intriguing and creative wood artists practicing today from all over the world, alongside ten of Ireland’s leading practitioners. This group of sculptors, furniture makers, carvers, and turners will work together under the artistic direction of Terry Martin (Aus). Over a week-long studio-based collaborative creative process in Carlow this June, they will assemble a large-scale sculpture in the form of a wall, approximately 12 feet in length. This work will be installed in VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art. Participating artists: Roger Bennett (Ire), Michael Brolly (USA), Christian Delhon (Fra), Sharon Doughtie (USA), Liam Flynn (Ire), Mark Hanvey (N. Ire), Louise Hibbert (Wales), Brendan Hogg (Ire), Emmet Kane (Ire), John Lee (Ire), Art Liestman (Can), Glenn Lucas (Ire), Alan Meredith (Ire), Ambrose and Brid O’Halloran (Ire), Liam O'Neill (Ire), Cillian O’Sulleabhain (Ire), Mark Sanger (Eng), Neil Turner (Aus), Jacques Vesery (USA) and Xiang Dong Wang (Chi). Curator/Artistic Director: Terry Martin (Aus). The project will be documented on film by the International Wood Culture Society ( whose camera crew capture unique wood culture events all over the world—and their footage showing the making of the sculpture will run in VISUAL during the exhibition.

Carlow Arts Festival (Éigse) has committed to focus on and celebrate a different non-traditional arts discipline each year. Wood Art is the focus for 2013, and Textile Art will be the 2014 focus.


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AN OPEN DAY will be held at the workshop venue, the Woodturning Study Centre, near Borris, Co Carlow. This Wood Art Gathering will take place on the final day before the work leaves the Study Centre for gallery installation, on June 5. It will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with uniquely talented artists from Ireland and around the world. Booking essential €10 on 059 9727070 Thanks: to American Association of Woodturners’ program, Turners Without Borders, which promotes woodturning internationally; to Mike Hou and Su Jinling of the International Wood Culture Society; to Master Feng Wentu, The Chinese Great Artist of Arts and Crafts, Representative Inheritor of National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Note: Pat Shortt is performing in the GB Theatre, Carlow, at 8pm

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Gary Coyle, Algae Bloom (Fleur Du Mal), 2012

Eithne Jordan, Car Park II, 2011

Carlow Arts Festival 2013

Visual Art Open Submission A €3000 art prize, now in its 34th year Selected by Stephen McKenna PPRHA and Amelia Stein RHA Venue Date

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art - Digital and Lobby Gallery 8 June - 7 September

One of the longest running and respected art prizes in the calendar, the selection that results from this Open Submission will enjoy a three-month exhibition at the peerless VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art. Artists Stephen McKenna and Amelia Stein have made this year’s selection, with local, national and international works sitting alongside five ‘invited’ artists—Gary Coyle, Richard Gorman, Eithne Jordan, Jim Savage and Dorothy Cross – who will each be offering a new or recent work for the show.

Dorothy Cross, Shark-Heart Submarine, 2011

Richard Gorman, Rolling Ro, 2013

A Three Pillars Collaboration in which The Carlow Local Authorities Art Office has contributed to the prize fund, and VISUAL will host the exhibition.

We would like to thank the ebow gallery in Dublin for allowing their Castle Street premises to receive artists’ works for this exhibition.

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spoken word

Saturday June 8 and Sunday 9 June

Borris House, Borris, County Carlow The Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas this year will build on the maiden voyage of 2012 in which Colm Toíbín, Lionel Shriver, John Banville, Stephen Frears, Mike Scott, AC Grayling and others visited the small village of Borris. The weekend of 8 and 9 June this year promises to bring together some of the most intriguing international minds – novelists, journalists, film-makers, poets, theatre directors, war correspondents, biographers, artists and political commentators – for a weekend of dialogue and discussion.

Saturday June 8th

(Doors open at 11.15am)

12pm Launching his new novel Longing and Belonging, writer, broadcaster and restaurant critic Paolo Tullio discusses his life with theatre director Michael Colgan 12pm Peter

Somerville-Large delves into his novel Mixed Blessings with Turtle Bunbury 1.30pm Paul Murray reads from his novel Skippy Dies, and from his recent short stories, before discussing his work with broadcaster Olivia O'Leary 1.30pm ‘A place worth saving’: Selina Guinness (The Crocodile by the Door), writer and broadcaster Polly Devlin and author Robert O’Byrne on whether rural conservation is about romance or agriculture 3pm Internationally known photojournalist Don McCullin CBE, discusses his life as a war photographer with Amnesty International Ireland Director and author Colm O'Gorman 3pm Bad Day in Blackrock author Kevin Power sits down with Lenny Abrahamson who directed What Richard Did (2012), a film adaptation of his book 4.30pm Literary giant Martin Amis (Money, London Fields, Lionel Asbo) joins Sinead Gleeson (Journalist and broadcaster) for a conversation on his career

4.30pm Bluegrass legend and Blackstairs Mountains resident

Niall Toner launches his book The Nuts and Bolts of Songwriting, giving the audience a live demonstration of his teachings, and chats to Caitríona

6pm The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas author John reads from his new book This House is Haunted


6pm A candid discussion on war journalism by three of its most admired practitioners, photographers Giles Duley and Don McCullin and documentary-maker

Ben Anderson

7.30pm ‘5x15 Stories’ brings together five passionate speakers, each with 15 minutes to talk about anything they want to: Isabel Fonseca, author of Bury Me Standing, Colm O'Gorman, Amnesty chief, John Butler, filmmaker, Rick Stroud, television director, and a

Surprise Guest

8.15pm A recital by guitarist Mark

Anthony McGrath

9.45pm Liam Ó Maonlaí takes to the stage for a solo performance of his myriad musical talents

Curated by Vivienne Guinness, Eleanor O’Keeffe, Catherine Heaney and Hugo Jellett Produced by Carlow Arts Festival Office. The Brian Guinness Charitable Trust has helped make this event possible.

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Ní Mhurucu

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PJ Harvey

Michael Craig Martin

Dorothy Cross

John Lanchester

Polly Devlin

Ben Anderson

Donal Ryan

Kevin Power

Paul Murray

Isabel Fonseca,

Paolo Tullio

Martin Amis

Niall Toner

Anne Enright

Sunday June 9th

(Doors open at 11.15am)

12pm Sunday Assembly, a godless service for a congregation who wants to live better, help often and wonder more. With Sanderson Jones and company 12pm Peter Murphy (Shall We Gather at The River) and Paul Lynch (Red Sky in Morning) get stuck into each other’s books, chew the cud on music, films and writing 1.30pm Musician PJ Harvey discusses her music and life with novelist Anne Enright


1.30pm Journalist John Lanchester, author of Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay and Capital, and Donal Ryan whose novel The Spinning Heart is set during the fallout of Ireland’s financial collapse, talk with Fintan


3pm One of Africa’s foremost poets and novelists Ben Okri (The Famished Road) takes to the stage for an interview with musician and songwriter Liam Ó Maonlaí 3pm Selina Hastings, who has written biographies of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh, Rosamond Lehmann and

John Boyne

Ben Okri

Selina Guinness

Devlin about Evelyn

4.30pm Contemporary conceptual artist and painter Michael Craig Martin sits down with art critic Aidan Dunne to chat about his career as an artist and teacher 4.30pm Booker Prize novelist Anne Enright returns to Borris to talk about her writing, motherhood and ‘houses as female spaces’ with Selena Guinness 6pm No Worse Enemy author Ben Anderson returns to Borris to discuss unfinished business in Afghanistan with

Fintan O'Toole 6pm Renowned visual artist Dorothy Cross discusses her work in film, sculpture, photography and other media. 7.30pm Irish premiere of Sean Hardie’s hilarious new play Margaret and Ken and the End of the World, directed by Ron Bain and starring Anne Lacey and Greg Powrie.

Don McCullin

Giles Duley

John Butler


Booking and information: Tickets to talks are individually priced, starting at €9 and almost all of them at around the €10 mark. They can be booked in person at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, on the phone at 059 9172400 or online at Lunch and refreshments are available for purchase from stalls all day. Note: There are bound to be minor changes to the programme, these can be checked on Parking for all ticket holders will be free, but for everyone else will be €4 per vehicle or €2 per person to enter the grounds. All talks are very limited in capacity, we strongly advise you not to set out from home expecting to buy a ticket at the gate – book ahead, it is cheaper anyway.


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Selina Hastings

Somerset Maugham, talks with Polly Waugh and The Mitfords



Saturday 15 June – Sunday 16 June 2013 (11.30am – 7pm)

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Amidst the Ruins of Ducketts Grove, Carlow Over 50 leading historians and thinkers from Ireland and abroad will resolve and confound in equal measure (with audiences given plenty of time to stir up the debates) and two epic stage performances will compete for attention with author interviews, spirited singing, and other miscellany relating to everything from ancestry to warmongery.

Last year’s inaugural History Festival of Ireland was deemed such a worthy and sun-blessed event, that it’s back, once again curated by author and historian Turtle Bunbury. *One ticket will give you access to the entire gamut of talks, lectures, performances and debates for the whole day.

Programme: Saturday 15 June


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The Bronze Age: Eire's first gold rush 4, 000 years ago with J.S. Dunn, Charles Mount and Colm Moriarty

Easter 1916: The American Connections with Ruth Dudley Edwards, Meredith Meagher, Conor McNamara and Michael Laffan (Chair)

The Great Famine: A Series of Unfortunate Events or Genocide? with Tommy Graham (chair), Robert Ballagh, Meredith Meagher & Mike Murphy

Carlow at War: Ireland in the 17th Century with Myles Dungan (chair), Micheál Ó Siochrú, Eamon Darcy & Jane Ohlmeyer

Elizabethan Ireland: Explorations and Interrogations with Ciaran Brady and John Cooper

The History Teachers Association of Ireland 50th Anniversary with Gerald Hanlon and Val Foley

Effects of the 1970s with Gerald Stembridge and Paddy Cullivan

THEATRE: ‘Allegiance’ a three-man theatre production depicting a private meeting between Winston Churchill and Michael Collins ALSO Free Genealogy Clinic • The Bethany Homes • Local History Presentations • The Pioneer of Balloon Flight in Ireland Carlow Castle celebrates 800 years • Carlow in the War of Independence • Myles O’Reilly: New York Journalist The Eustice Family & Duckett’s Grove • Patricia Horne

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Ronan Fanning

JS Dunne

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Shay Kinsella

Una Bromwell

Gerry Stembridge

Turtle Bunbury

Myles Dungan

Mary Muldowney

Ide Milne

James McGuire

Micheál Ó Siochrú

Jimmy O’Toole

Robert Ballagh


Programme: Sunday 16 June

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Ireland & the American Civil War: Selective Memory Loss with Damian Shiels, Catherine Clinton, Una Brommell and Ciaran O'Neill

The 1960s: Did Ireland swing or snooze? with Tommy Graham, Carol Holohan, Robert Ballagh, Tom McGuirk and Ronan Fanning

If the State can’t afford it, who else can defend our heritage? Manchán Magan (chair), James Maguire, Marie Bourke and Brian Crowley

Court Room Drama: The Piggott Forgeries with Myles Dungan and Turtle Bunbury

What is the Future of History? with Donal Fallon, Tommy Graham, Neil Jackman and Roisín Higgins (Chair)

Fatal Path: British Government and Irish Revolution 1910-1922 with Ronan Fanning ‘Strike & Lock Out’ with Ida Milne, Mary Muldowney, and with music by Fergus Russell

ALSO Paddy Cullivan • Free Genealogy Clinic • Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore • Carloviana The Slashing Parson of 1798 • Readings of Joyce & Parnell • Mother Teresa in Belfast • Cliona Rattigan Partners include: Federation of Local History Societies • Timeline Research • Genealogical Society of Ireland • Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society Food and refreshments can be purchased throughout the day and parking is free.


2 Day Pass to all events at the History Festival plus Saturday night accommodation and breakfast €89. Tel 059 9153000

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THEATRE: 'The Great Hunger' Peter Duffy presents a one-man theatre show of Patrick Kavanagh's masterpiece

Bronagh Gallagher and Her Band George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Friday 7 June, 8.45pm Tickets €22/€20

I ♥ Alice ♥ I George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Saturday 8 June, 8pm Tickets €15

Alice and Alice are coming out. Finally.


Bronagh Gallagher, without resorting to hyperbole, is one of Ireland’s most talented musicians and extraordinary live performers—a deeply soulful artist with a unique gift for singing and storytelling. Yes, it is she who does acting jobs—Pulp Fiction, Stars Wars, The Committments etc—but Bronagh’s first love is being on the road with her band, and that band is legendary. When Gallagher takes to the stage, she pays homage to the ‘60s and early ‘70s with extraordinary knowledge, her own soulful vocals unveiling influences such as Dusty Springfield, Al Green, The Shangri-Las, Aretha Franklin, Merry Clayton and Emmy Lou Harris. She moves from stirring Motown to sultry soul to delicious gospel to lowdown Harlem blues. She is one of very few people who has the stage presence and the artistry to evoke music created decades back in another country, and she has surrounded herself with vintage musicians and backing vocalists who know all about the ‘then’—a 10-piece band, who possess impeccable credentials, and include include the brilliant Conor Brady (Guitar), Graham Hopkins (Drums and percussion), Clare Kenny (Bass), Justin Carroll (Hammond Organ and Wurlitzer), Shelly and Jordan Bukspan and Paul Byrne (Backing Vocals), Michael Buckley and Ronan Dooney (Horns).

Two exceptional, opinionated women were spotted winking at each other in Crumlin Shopping Centre. Now they’re in a show, reluctantly. They’re here to share with you something they’ve never dared to before.

“a humorous, affecting and quietly empowering work that fully convinces” The New York Times

A fresh, human and hilarious piece, I ♥ Alice ♥ I explores the monumental journey of a most unlikely couple. Winner of two Dublin Fringe Awards in 2010 including the Fishamble New Writing Award, this stirring piece of documentary theatre is an unflinching and acutely personal love story. It has moved audiences from Iceland, Australia, New York, Tasmania and Scotland and now it’s here in Carlow to bring out the ♥ in you!

Victor Hugo’s

Les Misérables A non-musical adaptation Borris House Ballroom, Borris Date Tuesday 11 June, 8pm George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Wednesday 12 June, 8pm Date Friday 14 June, 8pm Tickets €18/€16

From Hotbuckle Theatre, who bought us Great Expectations last year, comes a non-musical adaption of this Victor Hugo classic, an inventive and beautifully acted production from these very fine theatre-makers. Prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean, is released from prison and so begins his bitter struggle to find redemption for the sins of his past and become a force for good. Always at his heels is his nemesis, the ruthless, puritanical policeman Javert, who has made it his life’s work to recapture Valjean and put him back in prison. Hotbuckle bring their innovative style and unique talent to this remarkable novel, one of the most powerful and celebrated works of European literature.

“ ...its pace, fluency and control of the complex plot material were impressive.” George Fleeton, theatre critic

This will be an uplifting, dazzling night in the company of a very funny girl—and it will, hand on heart, be one of the highlights of the festival.

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HotForTheatre presents

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Singing Nina: The Life and Music of Nina Simone Performed by Karen Underwood George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Tuesday 11 June Tickets €22/€18

Singing Nina is a fabulous new show brought to you by the Chicago Jazz Queen, Karen Underwood, and her band. Karen brings to you, in narration and song, the engrossing life story of the great legend Nina Simone, from her struggle against racism and exile from her homeland to her flamboyant, troubled relationships and poignant later years. Karen sings all the classic Nina songs— Mississippi Goddamn, Sinnerman, My Baby and I Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl— supported by a live band featuring on piano Erik Gullikson, guitar Eoghan Regan, bass Peter Hennigan and drums Bob Jackson. Nina Simone ‘the civil rights singer’ is someone a lot of us are familiar with, but the transformation of Eunice Kathleen Waymon, a poor southern daughter, to Nina Simone the acclaimed performer, mother, and lover—many of us are less familiar with.

“Incredible” Pat Kenny, RTE

John Cooper Clarke

Andrew Maxwell and a life lesson from

George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Thursday 13 June, 8pm Tickets €22/€20 conc

The poet laureate of punk, the self styled bard of Salford, Cooper Clarke is a comic wordsmith who will deliver the wittiest show you will hear this year. Those who know him will be at you to come – listen to them, they are right this time. His piercing, satirical, political and fiercely funny verse expressed in his rapid-fire performance style resonated with the punk movement and youth culture of which he became a figurehead in the late 70s. After touring with most of punk’s critical and ground-breaking bands including the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks and Elvis Costello, he carved out a name for himself and produced his seminal works Evidently Chickentown and Beasley Street.

Gunther Grun George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Friday 14 June, 8pm Tickets €22.50

Comedian Andrew Maxwell is an enviably fluent purveyor of shrewd and very funny social commentary, slamming down his theories on the table with a swagger for anyone to question. He is always on TV – Monumental (BBC), Don’t Sit in the Front Row (Sky Atlantic), Have I Got News For You, Argumental, Mock the Week... He has a forthcoming series on BBC Radio 4, Andrew Maxwell’s Public Enemies, and a new DVD in the pipeline this year. And there’s more...

One of Britain’s most important poets and performers, in May 2012 he was the subject of the BBC documentary ‘Evidently John Cooper Clarke’. He has made a multitude of recent festival appearances including Glastonbury, Latitude, Electric Picnic and many others. John is working on a new book of poetry, and is as vital now as he was then.

Blonde german ‘economist’ Gunther Grun (aka the overwhelming talent of Barry Murphy of Apres Match)—who graced our screens recently in Irish Pictorial Weekly — will explain the differences between the Irish and the German peoples.

“Amazing” Tom Dunne, Newstalk

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Colin Dunne: Out of Time George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Sunday 16 June at 8pm Tickets €22/€20 inc Closing Night Party

Out of Time is a solo performance by the internationally celebrated Irish step dancer Colin Dunne. Best known for his performances in Riverdance, Dunne has been on an artistic journey since completing an MA in Contemporary Dance in 2002. In Out of Time he integrates movement, film, and commentary to choreograph a provocative dialogue between his traditional roots and modernity. Collaborating with sound engineer Fionán de Barra, Dunne’s percussive footwork is digitally processed live then looped, remixed and layered to create a hauntingly evocative soundscore.


Intimate and playful, the show is both an unsentimental homage to Irish step dance and a bold investigation of Dunne’s personal and artistic relationship with the tradition which has shaped his life.

‘An extraordinarily moving memoir in motion [which] will delight and provoke’ The Irish Independent

MASTERCLASS Colin Dunne will give a masterclass in the theatre at 3pm on Saturday 15 June for the first 25 individuals to email

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Sébastien Marq, Malcolm Proud, and Jonathan Byers:

A Recital

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (Choral) Conducted by Fergus Shiel

Venue Link Gallery, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art Date Wednesday 12 June at 7pm Tickets €15/€12

Celebrated French recorder player Sébastien Marq joins forces with Irish musicians Malcolm Proud (harpsichord), and Jonathan Byers (cello) to perform a series of Baroque sonatas, contemporary Japanese compositions, improvisations on 17th century ground basses. Works from composers Giovanni Bassano, Jakob Van Eyck, François Couperin, Antonio Vivaldi, Isang Yun, and Archangelo Corelli will be featured in this very unique concert. Sébastien Marq is one of the world’s most celebrated recorder players. He has performed worldwide with various ensembles including William Christie’s acclaimed ‘Les Arts Florissants’. He has been a professor at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague since 1997 and teaches at the Paris Conservatory. Jonathan Byers was born in Belfast and is a member of the Badke String Quartet. Malcolm Proud combines a career as harpsichordist and organist with his work as an instrumental teacher and senior lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology. The recital will be approximately 1 hour long.

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Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow Date Friday 14 June at 8pm Tickets €18/€16 conc

This collaboration with RTE National Concert Orchestra and 120 choral singers features soloists Miriam Murphy and Imelda Drumm, and is the brainchild of conductor Fergus Shiel, who oversaw the Shelter Me from the Rain production in Carlow in 2011. Beethoven's Symphony No 9 is one of the high points of Western classical music— the final offering of the composer whose symphonies still dominate concert life, two hundred years later. His Choral Symphony is joyous and optimistic, including a setting of the text ‘Ode to Joy’ in the final movement. It is a celebration of the unquenchable nature of the human spirit. Two transcendent moments from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, regarded as one of opera's most profound and moving depictions of love, will also be performed —the very opening and the very end involving Isolde's final aria. Choir includes Carlow Choral Society, Córmíosa, and singers recruited by Carlow Local Authorities Arts Office

Good Vibrations Directed by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa

Bluegate Productions presents the World Premiere of

Ceol: Short Film Directed by Dean Gilchrist

The George Bernard Shaw Theatre (Cinema) Date Monday 10 June at 8pm Tickets €7

The George Bernard Shaw Theatre (Cinema) Date Saturday 15 June (various times) Tickets €10

Terri Hooley (with one eye) grew up in Belfast and decided to open his shop, Good Vibrations, in Victoria Street, one of the most bombed streets in Belfast, during the height of the Troubles. As well as being a hub for music buffs, Good Vibrations was also home to a record label which was responsible for launching the career of bands such as The Undertones, Rudi, and The Outcasts.

Ceol is the brainchild of a group of award-winning young Carlow filmmakers, a 40-minute action-packed comedy, shot on location in Carlow and surrounding areas, written by Andrew O'Regan and Dean Gilchrist.

A charming, uplifting alternative to the usual bleak portrayal of ’70s Belfast, Good Vibrations is a skilfully assembled film that really showcases an extraordinary cast. Good Vibrations is the tale of how one brave chancer was an instrumental player in bringing the punk movement to Belfast.

‘A real humdinger with heart and soul’ Mark Kermode

‘Totally brilliant’ Time Out

The cast includes John O'Sullivan, Marian Brophy, Derek Egan, Karl Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Casey, David Andrews, Bernard Jennings, John Hickey, Paddy Behan with Larry McNally and Noel Lamb. It follows a vacationing American couple who encounter a traditional Irish music group... and their holiday plans take an unexpected turn. A notorious local trio of troublemakers become tangled up with what becomes an epic journey, taking the visitors from Killeshin to Knocknagee, with stop-offs in Arles, Rossmore and everywhere in between. Cast, crew and supporters of the project will embrace the red carpet in black tie for this world premiere screening, and tickets will include a party afterwards in the venue.

Oran Mor present

Margaret and Ken and the End of the World Written by Sean Hardie and directed by Ron Bain Venue Borris House Date Sunday 9 June at 7.30pm

The Irish premiere of Sean Hardie's hilarious new play Margaret and Ken and the End of the World stars two of Scotland’s finest, Anne Lacey and Greg Powrie. A bagwoman walks into a psychiatrist’s office seeking help. Napoleon's just left, Cleopatra's due in half an hour for her session. Margaret thinks she’s God, and she's depressed. She's achieved nothing, she has no friends, no-one loves her. She wants Ken to give her one good reason not to end it all. Not just herself—life, the universe, everything.

'Hardie's well-turned 45 minute comedy is beautifully delivered... and it's mixture of sheer theatrical skill and sharp mid-life humour is perfectly tailored' Joyce McMillan, 'The Scotsman'

Sean Hardie was born in England, educated in Scotland and lives in Ireland. He coproduced Not the Nine O’Clock News introducing comedians Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones to British television. He subsequently wrote and directed for Spitting Image, Bremner Bird & Fortune and for John Cleese.

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BBC Films and The Irish Film Board present

Liam Ó Maonlaí Venue Borris House Ballroom Date Saturday 8 June 9.45pm Tickets €15

Widely known as the frontman of one of Ireland’s most successful bands, The Hothouse Flowers, Liam is a multiinstrumentalist who is renowned for his extraordinary collaborations with musicians of all genres. He occasionally finds time to perform solo, a rare and fortuitous experience. As he says, ‘My solo show I treat as a blank canvas. I bring with me a piano and a number of other instruments and step into the unknown magic of people and music. I have traditional music from Ireland and abroad, along with songs from the rock’n’roll world I sometimes live. Perhaps a song is born on the night, or if someone mentions a song I might very we'll leap into it.’ An organic and beautiful experience, an evening in the company of a musician of this calibre will be nothing short of special.


The Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas is genuinely proud to welcome to the stage one of Ireland’s cultural strongmen.

Liam will be in conversation with Bookerprize winning Nigerian poet Ben Okri the following day – see p.7 of this festival programme.

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Carnation Theatre Presents

Music Hall

The Salty Dog Sessions

Venues Various locations in Tullow, Carlow and Leighlinbridge Date Mon 10 - Tues 11 June

Venue O’Loughlins Pub, Dublin Street Date Saturday 15 June, 7pm - 1am Tickets ALL FREE

The year is 1916. The war on the continent is in full swing and trouble is brewing closer to home. Jeremiah Styles, a strapping young colt of 47, has finally convinced his loving mother to loosen the maternal apron strings and allow him to accompany her to a meeting of Cuman na mBan. In his excitement he consumes too much TK Lemonade and finds himself cut short! He darts out the door and down the street, looking for relief—and happens upon The Tivoli, the renowned and ubiquitous Music Hall. Three lovely lassies from Kimmage await him. Sara, puts a song in his heart, and nine months later Jeremiah has his hands full.

The Salty Dog is a music stage in the Electric Picnic Festival in Stradbally. Or, more accurately, it is dwells on the naughty step the Electric Picnic: a 40tonne shipwreck which ‘fell off the back of a lorry’ in the woods in 2008 and declared itself open for business. With over 30 bands performing on her decks over the three days, and countless revellers finding a second home under her lawless bows, it’s ... different.

Carnation's new show Music Hall combines high farce, popular traditional and not so traditional live music, as well as exploring the extraordinary attitudes to childbirth in the early part of the last century. Booking for this via Mary or Lisa on 059 9172400

This production is sponsored by Centra in Tullow and Carlow. Thanks to P.J. Hickson.

As the sun sets on the month of August this year, the magnificent but ravaged vessel that has won the hearts of scores of deluded and infirm revellers will be revealed with the slow thump of a loan bodhran, the seeping nautical fog of dry ice, and the croaky vocals of the shanty singers trying to find one another forest of Stradbally. But in the meantime, The Salty Dog need to press gang a few bands into playing, and so its organizers return to The Carlow Arts Festival—with a few old buoys and some lobster pots—to find some musicians willing to shiver in the woods for the love of it all during Electric Picnic. Find out performance times on

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Carlow Photographic Society:


An Exhibition by Saidhbhín Gibson

Intimate Landscapes

An Exhibition by Derry Dillon

Shaw Room, Carlow Library, Tullow St. Date Sat 8 June - Sun 16 June

Venue Lennons Cafe Date 7 June - 7 July

Through a series of workshops and discussions with mentor Amelia Stein RHA, members of Carlow Photographic Society have captured unique images from our landscape. Relying on pattern, texture, reflections and tight composition to encapsulate all of nature’s grandeur into a smaller space, Intimate Landscapes will communicate very effectively the beauty and power of nature and its fragility and intrinsic value.

Blending the familiar with the peculiar, Underbelly is a collection of illustrations, prints and sculptures that look at the local landscape through a somewhat skewed eye.

Carlow County Museum, College Street Date Open Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm and Sun, 2pm - 4.30pm Sat 8 June - 21 June

Art objects and drawings by Saidhbhín Gibson will spend time—as the title suggests—among the artefacts of Carlow County Museum, creating a unique dynamic around their guest appearance there. Saidhbhín takes our history of harnessing nature, our techniques of refinement and domesticity, and asks us to ponder the value we place on objects and the natural world, and how we quantify that value. She uses thread, rocks, thistle fluff, lichen, a horse chestnut twig, white picot lace—and a range of drawing materials and paint in her drawings—to make delicate intrusions into the work already present in the display cases. An exhibition of artwork presented by Carlow County Museum and Carlow Local Authorities Arts Office.

Austin Kinsella, Bob Frazier, Bridget Somers, Cepta Burke, Charley Callinan, Christy Glancy, David Fitzgerald, David Lawlor, Gilbert Smyth, Jenny McCullough, Joe Rattigan, Liam Beattie, Linda Nolan, Margaret Fennelly, Margaret Walsh, Martin Doyle, Mary Byrne, Mike Blade, Mike Russell, Nora Kavanagh, Nuala Grogan, Pat Lohan, Paul Redmond, PL Curran, Regina McEvoy, Richard Smyth, Roger Jones, Shirley Kelly, Steven McDonald, and Willie McCann will participate.

This exhibition lifts the mossy rock on the county’s rich history and peers at the oddities residing beneath. Unveiling a cluster of quirky characters captured in a series of bizarre scenarios, the collection presents dubious historical facts which Dillon uses to describe the residents of Carlow—from gregarious pistol-happy Lords standing astride the River Barrow to B-movie monsters residing on Mount Leinster.

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Dublin Street - A promenade of New

We acknowledge the inspiring presence of shop-keepers who do bu week with such panache, not least Jenning’s Opticians, Connie Byrn Butchers, Kehoe’s, Southerns, McDermotts, and Byrnes Estate agent Thanks to pop-up supremo Patrick Pearse, and Mary Murphy for he



Created by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, MAKESHOP is both a drop-in workshop for budding creators, and a shop full of cool stuff unlike anything you have seen before.

To be announced; To be arranged; Time-based Art. Tremendous Bordeaux Available. There's Beer Also. Experimental and developmental audio, music, performance, video, and work of emerging artists will predominate.

B Before & After Upcycling of furniture using specialist paints and techniques, from interior designer Kay O’Shaugnessy

Siobhan Jordan


One of C antique and this is a

Carlow-based artist and designer Siobhan Jordan is widely known for her works that evoke childhood memories. She loves pattern, rhythm, process, ritual, truth, laughter, hot-air balloons, dots, the smell of oil paint, running down hills and drawing birds.


Marja van Kampen

retail culture

Marja van Kampen is a painter and printmaker, born in The Netherlands but resident in Ireland since 1982. She co-founded Artspace Studios in Galway, before setting up her own studio.


Creative Carlow Following a strong presence on Tullow Street last June and December, this collective of furniture makers, ceramicists, wood-turners and other craft works includes Jim Behan, Ariane Tobin, Valerie Colman, Antony Nolan and others.

A traditional gallery of canvas-based works from one of the largest and longest-running artist’s collectives in Ireland. Sixty artists from The Barrow Valley Group of Painters will provide oils, watercolours, pastels and drawings to this gallery, celebrating their 40-year anniversary.

Delta Centre Street Hangings Bunting, street hangings, pom-poms and festoon will adorn the full length of Dublin Street. The brilliant folk at the Delta Centre, assisted by leading festival stylist Emperors Robes, worked throughout April and May to create this work for Carlow Arts Festival.

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Specializing in afternoon teas, this cafe opens at the top of Dublin Street to offer scrumptious lunches and old school tea-and-cakes from an emerging new talent on our foodie landscape... All will be revealed.

Bea Deas Rebecca Smyth’s ‘Bee Happy’ shop charmed its way into Carlow’s psyche last year with its fresh ground coffee, cake, spontaneous arts classes, and its random acts of candle-making. Rebecca returns with a new concept.

Image © Frank O’Sullivan, artist

Soul Trader Bastille Hand-picking her favourite clothing from all over the world, Michelle Hayden’s online clothing boutique dips it’s toe in the water with a bricks-andmortar venture.

The trail-blazer of pop-up shops, this uber-cool retro institution is a vinyl nirvana but also purveyors of comics, vintage furniture and home fittings – and one of the most stylish and hip shops in Ireland – shame on you if you haven’t fallen under its spell.

Stiletto Sprint Sunday 16th June at 3pm in Dublin Street Three local charities come together – Carlow Mental Health Association, Asante Eye Charity Kenya and Chic & Cheerful (supporting women and children’s projects in Kenya and Ethiopia) – to challenge 100 gentlemen to take part in an elegant dash down Dublin Street in stilettos! The aim of the event is to encourage the whole community to become involved in a laughter-fuelled athletic spectacle without recourse to first aid. Shoes can be provided! Prizes will be awarded for the fastest runner

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Venue Date

Deighton Memorial Hall, Dublin Street, Carlow Thursday 13 June - Sunday 16 June, 10am to 6pm

Created by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, MAKESHOP is a shop unlike anything you have seen before. It sells extraordinary, cool stuff for pocket-money—and more importantly it is a workspace you can drop into anytime, and, well... make stuff. The aim of MAKESHOP is to provide people with the tools, materials and guidance they need to get making, in a place where creativity is encouraged and everyone is welcome. So come and rustle together a robot, learn to solder wires to boards, tackle origami, cross stitch, turn two bananas into a joystick, make yourself a new wall clock, turn a milk carton into a radio....

Drop-in Workshops Schedule TIME



10.00 - 12.00 12.30 - 13.30 14.00 - 15.00 15.30 - 16.30 17.00 - 18.00

Creative Kids Morning (2 sessions) Make a radio solder kit Drawbots and Kinetic Kritters Breadboard Synth Soldering workshop

4-12+ 12+ 4-12+ 9+ 9+

€10 €15 €10 €15 €10


10.00 - 12.00 12.30 - 13.30 14.00 - 15.00 15.30 - 16.30 17.00 - 18.00

Creative Kids Morning (2 sessions) Breadboard Synth Soldering Workshop Papercraft Make musical instruments

4-12+ 9+ 9+ 4-12+ 4-12+

€10 €15 €10 €10 €10


10.00 - 12.00 12.30 - 13.30 14.00 - 15.00 15.30 - 16.30 17.00 - 18.00

Creative Kids Morning (2 sessions) Make a radio solder kit Lightshow LED workshop Papercraft Make musical instruments

4-12+ 12+ 9+ 4-12+ 4-12+

€10 €15 €10 €10 €10


10.00 - 12.00 12.30 - 13.30 14.00 - 15.00 15.30 - 16.30 17.00 - 18.00

Creative Kids Morning (2 sessions) Breadboard Synth Drawbots and Kinetic Kritters Lightshow LED workshop Soldering workshop

4-12+ 9+ 4-12+ 9+ 9+

€10 €15 €10 €10 €10

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The shoebox harp Breadboard synthesiser

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Pocket-sized guitar amp


Creative Kids Mornings Use your imagination to create a clock out of your favourite possessions, or a crazy robot that draws in circles as it scutters along the floor, elastic band planes or an alarm system for your bedroom to scare off pesky intruders!

Soldering Workshops Participants can learn to solder by trying their hand at a number of fun and practical projects. Make a handy torch for your keyring, or perhaps you need a flashing light for your bike? What about a portable amplifier for your MP3 player? If you’re into making music you might like to try your hand at making a piezo crystal microphone or an electronic xylophone. We also create a very useful solar-powered torch that stores energy during the day and lights up during the night.

Make a radio solder kit Make an FM radio, and design and decorate an enclosure to house your completed project.

Doodlebots and Kinetic Critters Make a variety of robots that scutter around the table, some that leave a trail of ink.

Breadboard Light Theremin Participants of this workshop learn how a ‘breadboard’ works and how to make a Light Theremin audio synthesiser with a built-in amplifier and speaker. (Includes take home breadboard and components)

LED Lightshow In this workshop participants will get to explore the illuminating world of LEDs—to make magnetic LED ‘Throwies’, light up headbands, a high-speed LED spinner, or learn how to make an LED light up using salt water!

Papercraft Workshop This workshop explores the capabilities of the humble page and shows you how to turn paper to a variety of uses, including how to make the ultimate paper airplane glider, a balloon powered jet car or a birdhouse (made out of old election poster).

Musical Instruments Workshop Participants can chose from a variety of DIY instruments to make and play (at top volume) at this workshop. Instruments include a handmade thumb piano, balloon drums, a cardboard tube xylophone and a shoebox harp.

Makeshop will also offer – if there is demand – two Premium workshops: Introduction To Arduino (3 hours/€80) Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Pocket Amplifier (3 hours/€80) A handy pocket sized guitar/instrument amplifier perfect for bedroom practice or jamming on the go. This project involves some soldering but is quick and easy to make. This would make a great first project for the budding DIY musician. Interested? Email: before 6 June.

Patrons of the festival please note This shop is open to everyone to stop into, to browse, to learn, to spend time watching. Science Gallery’s MAKESHOP is vacationing in Carlow during the Arts Festival, its first bricks and mortar venture outside Trinity, so please make the most of it.

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Homemade Radio




IBM Lego Robotics

School Gallery Visits

Venue On school premises Date 11, 12, 13 June 9.30am – 2.30pm

George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Friday 14 June 9.30am - 2.30pm

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art Date 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 June 11am & 1pm

(3rd to 6th Class)

Tickets €3 per student




Michelle Maher is a lady in a lab-coat. She runs a children’s science laboratory and makes her students real scientists, but only doing the fun stuff:

family participation

Playful polymers and oozing slime: This workshop gives a real introduction into the brilliant world of chemistry, polymers and materials. Squeeze a long stream of colourful goo into the activator and see (and feel!) it change into a rubbery solid the second the two solutions mix. Acidic Kitchen chemistry: Acids and bases are all around us, we wash in them, we eat them and we even drink them! Join this fun workshop where we use indicators to test the pH of a range of household liquids. All that's left to do then is figure out what happens when an acid base neutralisation reaction occurs! Junior Science Lab: This workshop is designed especially for little hands, a hands-on introduction into experimenting and discovery. Using pipettes, beakers and mixing trays, discover that mixing primary colours produces a spectrum of new colours. Using a graduated cylinder, a fizzy liquid is made... but would popcorn dance in the bubbles?

(5th and 6th Class)




The IBM Engineer-a-Robot Challenge is a one-day, hands-on experience, where teams of participants learn how to design, build, and program an actual, physical robot, using the LEGO® ROBO Technology Set™ and ROBOLAB™ programming software from the IBM Innovation Centre. Lead by a team of IBM volunteers, the teams each work with a program leader to create an NXT Robot, working through all phases of the process – planning, designing, building, programming and running their robot. It allows participants to work in the areas of engineering and computer programming, to create a robot from scratch by working together through the technical problems that inevitably arise in any such ambitious undertaking!

Electrifying – circuit board switch on: What types of materials allow electricity to pass through - wood, rubber, paper, play dough? This ‘circuit board’ lab allows you to use switches, batteries, motors, magnets, bulbs, alligator clips construct your very own cool and safe working circuit.

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During the week of Carlow Arts Festival, VISUAL Centre is replete with more fresh new exhibitions than at any other point in the year, and they offer the opportunity to schools to see them all during their first week, and to give tours of each and every show. This year, visitors can expect to come across Ben Long’s gigantic nine-metre tall sculpture of a horse, made out of scaffolding. Or be awestruck by Polly Morgan’s sculpture fashioned from 2428 cast crow femurs, and find the fantastic humour in Francis Upritchard’s monkeys. In an adjacent gallery, eight illustrators – cartoonists, graphic designers, digital artists, book illustrators, packaging experts, all show their latest work. In the neighbouring Link Gallery, they will encounter a dry stone wall, except it is made of wood. This incredible sculpture is fresh from a studio in Borris, where the world’s most intriguing wood artists have just spent a week together. And The Digital Gallery will house the successful entries (and the winner) of this year’s Open Submission Art Competition, including Dorothy Cross’s splendid Shark-Heart Submarine 2011 (consisting of a shark’s heart in a glass jar). Note: There will be an opportunity for further school tours in September – mail to arrange

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Local Culture Dates: All these events, unless otherwise stated, are open throughout the festival (from 6pm on 7 June to 6pm on 16 June)

Carlow Writers’ Co-operative read from

Jacinta Crowley – Long

What Champagne Was Like

All Jazzed Up

An Anthology of Short Stories

One of Ireland’s foremost contemporary canine and equine artists

Venue Carlow Library Date 7.30pm Tues 11 June

Venue Cedar Room, Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow Opening Hours Daily 10.30am - 7pm (later Thurs, Fri, Sat)

An Exhibition of Paintings Venue Cedar Room, Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow Date Daily 11am - 7pm (later Thurs, Fri, Sat)

Supported Training Service present

An Exhibition of paintings and drawings by artists from the community and mental health service users

Venue Carlow Shopping Centre Opening Hours Daily 11am to 4pm

Lily O’Rourke

Lorraine Fenlon, Miriam Kelly, Catherine Moran, Marcella Kelly & Brenda Pender

Red Apple Arts Original paintings and affordable prints

Venue Fringes Hair Salon, Kennedy Ave., Carlow Opening Hours Daily 9.30am – 5.30pm

Con Haughney, Doireann Dunbar, Jasper Rua, Declan Finneran

Pocket Of Sunshine Folk Club Local musicians get stuck in

Venue Carlow Rowing Club, The Quays, Carlow Opening Hours Fri 14 June, 10pm

An Exhibition of Paintings Landscapes and flowers in oil, pastel and watercolour

Venue Cathedral Parish Centre, College St, Carlow Opening Hours Daily 11am - 6pm

Ruth Coffey and Anne Deere

Sally Ashmore

Sally Ashmore Paintings in watercolour, acrylic, oil and mixed media

Venue Cathedral Parish Centre, College St., Carlow Opening Hours Daily 11am – 6pm

Eclectic Mix An exhibition exploring a range of subjects through various media

Venue Grahams Shoes, Tullow St., Carlow Opening Hours Daily 10am - 5pm

Catherine Ryan, Maura O’Halloran, Lorraine Fenlon, Steve Mynhardt and Keyan Mynhardt

Mary Clare Nolan, Lorraine Hayden

Light Touches Exhibition capturing the majestic essence of the power of light

Venue Unit 43 (Beside White’s Chemist) Tullow St., Carlow. Opening Hours Daily 11am - 6pm (not open Sun 16 June)

Take Five Artists

County Carlow Military Museum presents

An innovative local group of artists with a diverse range of art disciplines.

Trench Art

Venue Cathedral Parish Centre, College St., Carlow Opening Hours Daily 11am – 6pm, closing at 5pm on Sun 16 June

The largest collection of trench art in the county, made by soldiers and prisoners of war. Also on view: August Weckbecker’s stained glass window.

Venue Carlow Military Museum, Athy Rd., Carlow Opening Hours Sun June 9 and 16, 2pm – 5pm

Mary Brennan and Mary Curran

Simplicity Selection of paintings in oils and watercolour

Venue Cathedral Parish Centre, College St., Carlow Opening Hours Daily 10am – 7pm (later Thurs, Fri, Sat)

Kilgraney Gallery Summer Show

True Love Annual exhibition of crafts, sculpture, paintings and photographs.

Venue Kilgraney House, Borris Road, Bagenalstown Opening Hours Thurs - Sun, 2pm - 6pm

Trudi Doyle

Reaching for the Moon Exhibition of recent work in watercolours, pastels and acrylics

Brandon McLane and Mary Cullen

Venue Gallery Upstairs, Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow Opening Hours Daily 10.30am-6pm (later Fri, Sat)

An Exhibition of Works Venue Cafe Formenti Opening Hours 11am - 3pm

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Attracta Carbery

Lennon’s Cookie Academy Venue Lennons Restaurant, Carlow Date Sunday June 16, 10am - 12pm Tickets €5 per apron

Dog and String Theatre present

Dog and String Theatre present

The Wishing Tree

Puppetry Workshop

George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date 10 & 11 June at 10.30am & 12.30pm Tickets €5 (4 - 8 yrs)

George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Monday 10 June, 2.30pm - 4pm Tickets €10 per budding puppeteer

Three stories—The Old Women in the Vinegar Bottle, Discover Azal the Artist and Cinderella—are bought to life with giant puppets, animated objects and shadow play.

Using the Cinderella story as a starting point, participants (6-8 years) create their own wooden spoon puppet character and bring it to life, in this very special opportunity to work with professional puppet makers.

(Limited to 15 aspiring chefs)

family participation

Attention cookie monsters!! A select number of young bakers will be given the opportunity to learn a trick or two from the chefs at Lennons Restaurant, and bring to the table some of the delights that this café has earned such a reputation for. Aprons will be donned as participants are challenged to create and bake a batch of their favourite cookies which will then be beautifully presented to their loving fathers at lunchtime (it’s Father’s Day).

FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH Lennons will be open for Father’s Day Brunch from 12-4pm – so to reserve a table please call us on 059-9179245

Dog and String Theatre evolved from street performance into a touring company specialising in shows for children. They have travelled the length and breadth of the country and beyond with goats that sing, sheep that act, unruly trolls and characters of every shape and size. All their shows employ puppetry in different forms, using object and shadow theatre, life size characters, glove and rod puppets, masks, mime and storytelling.

Patrons please note that ‘Make-Shop’ (pg 18-19) offers some of the most innovative and wonderful workshops for children and teenagers from 13-16 June.

Carlow Regional Youth Services present

This year Carlow Regional Youth Services chalks up 25 years of providing quality youth work programmes to the young people of Carlow. We would like to invite the curious to call down to The Vault, and see what the young people of Carlow have been achieving this year from hard work, bundles of imagination, and an artist in residence to steer thoughts and idea. Monday 10 June 12pm-6pm 12pm-6pm 12pm-6pm

Launch of photographic exhibition ‘You are a unique piece of Carlow’. Opening of photographic exhibition ‘Through the eyes of a young person’ Exhibition ‘B Yourself’ by the Bridging Group and Pure Thinking Group

Tuesday 11 June 7-9pm The Vault Variety Night: Performances from participants in Youth Projects throughout the county. Wednesday 12 June 7-9pm Operation Revamp: A fashion show of pieces designed and made from second-hand clothes. Thursday 13 June 7-8pm The Comhairle Na nOg will present their graffiti project. 8-9pm A presentation of two films made by young people in The Vault and the New Oak/Tullow Road Area. Friday 14 June 4-6pm The Vault Variety Afternoon: Junior youth groups and after-schools stage a revue of songs, dance and sketches. 6-9pm The Vault Sessions: A number of local bands close out Ealaín Óg in style

Carlow Youth Theatre In association with Carlow Farmers Market, present

A Street Performance on the theme of ‘Growth’ Date

Saturday 8 and 15 June, 10am-2pm

Working with renowned street theatre company Bui Bolg, the Youth Theatre will bring a morning glow of street theatre to the Farmers Market, a theatrical interpretation of the ethos of the market, bringing to life the concept of sustainable local resources. The Potato Market will buzz with creative curiosity, planting seeds of ideas that will spread from the food we feed ourselves to the businesses we build and the communities we care for. Nothing says festival quite like street theatre, so be there at the farmers market!

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Based on a 2 night stay up to 30 June. *Under 12yrs old. Conditions apply.




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a very special thanks to... Tom Barry, Bernie O’Brien, Sinead Dowling, Ann Scully, Michael Brennan, Seamus O’Connor, Eimear O’Connor and others in the County and Town Council who genuinely do everything possible to make ideas happen, Úna McCarthy, Martin Drury, and Val Balance at the Arts Council for caring about the Festival and allowing us to try out a partnership with VISUAL, Clare O’Shea & Carlow County Development Partnership for their unprecedented assistance in promoting this event, Eanna Rowe, Damien McWeeney and Rosanna Nolan at Waterways Ireland, Pierce Kavanagh, Antony Walsh, Tadhg McSweeney, Emma Lucy O’Brien, Caroline O’ Brien, Hannah Mullen, Andrew Clarke, Brigid Deering & all staff at VISUAL, Ollie Byrne and team at Carlow Sub Aqua Club, Turtle Bunbury, Morgan & Sara Kavanagh of Borris House, Conal Boyle, Chris Fingleton and staff at the Nationalist, Brendan Walker, Noel Lennon, Pat Byrne, Carlow Amenity Trust, Carlow Garda Síochána, Carlow Fire Service, Carlow Civil Defence, Eileen O’ Rourke and the team at Carlow Tourism & Tourist Office, Carlow Volunteer Centre, Geraldine & Joe Walsh of Carlow Sign Management, Sinead, Ross, Chris and Liam Byrne and staff at Lennons Restaurant, Derry Dillon, Richie, Christina & Melana at Café Formenti, Eoin Kehoe, Carlow Lions Club, Alan Cashin, Willie Rath and his family at Teach Dolmain, Seanie Fennelly, Betty Lawlor and Marian Dowling and their team at Irish Wheelchair Association, Michael Murphy and staff at the Seven Oaks Hotel, Karen O’Sullivan & Staff of Talbot Hotel Carlow, David Douglas at ebow gallery, John Brophy at the Fairgreen, Vivienne Guinness, Eleanor O’Keefe and Catherine Heaney, Roz Jellett, Eileen Brophy, Ollie Jennings, Josephine Coyne, Minnie and Charles Preston, John Purcell, Katie Malony and Pier Wall at The Irish Times, Laura Beatty at RTE, Amy Buckeridge, Trevor Clowry, Stephen McKenna, Amelia Stein, Stephen Corry, Kieran Comerford, Glen Lucas, Amanda Horan and the Team at Failte Ireland, The Bryan Guinness Charitable Trust, The Gathering folk, Fr John Cummins, Patrick Pearse, Cornelia McCarthy, Steve Aylin, Wayne Fennell, Jennifer Murnane O’Connor, Ann Aherne, Barbara Jordan and the great Nuala Grogan.


“Sensationally choreographed…exquisite and raw” Irish Times (2012) on Dogs

Emma Martin Dancer in Residence 2012-2013 A partnership initiative with VISUAL Centre, Carlow Local Authorities Arts Office and The Arts Council

George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Throughout her residency at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Emma has been developing a new dance theatre production— working title: She Reigns Eternal—which will premiere in 2014. The cast will include Irish and international dancers, actors and musicians. She uses the theatre to workshop ideas and to develop her practice from the research. We asked Emma to tell us about what she has been up to and how the preparations are coming along. “Research for this production is rooted in folklore and mythology, and will include periods in Slovenia, Poland and Italy. Folklore, music and dance, are particular areas of interest, as these will inform the choreographic, atmospheric and musical language of the piece. As in all cultures, folk music is primarily dance music, and I am interested in finding the essence of where they meet, rather than recreating them. Using the simple lyrics of the songs provides much imagery, and this allows a re-imagining of the nature and essence of these dances. Often the lyrics and names of songs relate to ceremony, ritual, myth and the animal world. The dances of Polish folk tradition such as the oberek, or spinning dances and khorovod circle dances can be traced back to the ancient rituals of Dervish and Hasidic dances. For example, I have just returned from Poznan where I had the opportunity to meet cultural etymologists from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. This has helped me gain a deeper understanding of Eastern European folklore, music and dance, and to become familiar with the specific instrumentation (Hurdy-Gurdy, Baraban drum, or double bass specific to the township of Lubin). This research is essential in understanding how I will use this music in the context of this production.” Emma will be in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre for extensive periods during the Summer with invited performers.

SUMMER ART PROGRAMME June – September 2013 Visual Art Beasts of England, Beasts of Ireland Extinction Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall Eigse 2013 Open Submission

Cinema Amour Rust and Bone James and the Giant Peach Lore

Theatre Memories and New Beginnings The Love-Hungry Farmer Those Halcyon Days

Summer Schools Summer Art Camp Wonderland Theatre School Digitales Workshop

Tickets 059 917 2400

CINEMA George Bernard Theatre continues its monthly film club screenings, now (most of the time) occupying the a new Tuesday evening slot. These are the films you probably won’t see in the local Multiplex, and we’d love to welcome you to a screening and for a glass of wine this Summer. Prices: €7/€5.50 Tuesday 9 July 2013 at 8pm

Amour (Love) Dir: Michael Haneke Duration: 127mins, France 2012 (in French with subtitles) Director Michael Haneke explores the meaning of love in this deeply affecting character drama which deservedly won the 2012 Cannes Palme d’Or. Police break in to a central Paris apartment uncertain what awaits them, and the story behind these tragic circumstances then unfolds as Haneke takes us through the travails of elderly married couple Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, whose lives are changed forever when she shows symptoms of failing mental health. Winner Palme D’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2012.

Tuesday 13 August 2013 at 8pm

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os) Dir: Jacques Audiard Duration: 120 mins, France 2012 Cert:15A One of the biggest box office hits of the year in France and a sensation at Cannes, Rust and Bone is the new film from the director of A Prophet, a powerful and emotionally raw love story starring Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) and acclaimed Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts. Broke drifter and back-street boxer Ali dreams of making it big in the martial arts while scrambling to make a living for himself and his young son. Taking work as a nightclub bouncer, he meets Stéphanie, who works as a killer-whale trainer at an amusement park, commanding the beasts with an ease absent from her relationships. After Stéphanie suffers a terrible accident, the unlikely pair fall into a tender, tentative courtship. [from Leeds International Film Festival 2012]

Saturday 31 August at 3pm

James and the Giant Peach FAMILY MATINEE Dir: Henry Selick Duration: 79 mins, UK 1996 When poor James Henry Trotter loses his parents in a horrible rhinoceros accident, he is forced to live with his two wicked aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. Then one day, a wizened old man in a dark-green suit gives James a bag of magic crystals which he spills on his aunts' withered peach tree. From the old tree a single peach grows, and grows, and grows some more, until finally James climbs inside the giant fruit and rolls away from his despicable aunts to a whole new life. With Roald Dahl's rich imagery and amusing characters, we'll just come right out and say it ... James and the Giant Peach is one of the finest children's books ever written. This animated version does absolute justice to the book, a family treat for everyone to enjoy!!

Tuesday 10 September at 8pm

Lore Dir: Cate Shortland Duration: 109 mins, Germany 2012 When their Nazi SS parents are taken into Allied custody, five siblings are left to fend for themselves. Teenage Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) takes charge, and the children set out to join their grandmother in Hamburg, some 900 km away. Along the arduous journey, the children encounter a populace suffering from post-war denial and deprivation, and for the first time are exposed to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. With food hard to come by, and the journey becoming ever more dangerous, the children meet Thomas (Kai-Peter Malina), a young Jewish survivor who helps them negotiate their way through tricky situations. A coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of a changing world, Lore shows new life emerging out of darkness with great intelligence and subtlety.


The Marie Cashin School of Dance presents

Pat Talbot presents

Memories and New Beginnings

The Love-Hungry Farmer

George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date 28 - 29 June, 8pm Tickets €12/€8 conc

This Anniversary Show marks ten years on the go for the Marie Cashin School of Dance, and promises to be a spectacular night of glitz, pop, high energy and beaming smiles. It will showcase favourite stage memories—past performances in hip hop, jazz, musical theatre and singing—from the last ten years, and offer a glimpse into what's in store for the future of the school. The school was set up with the aim of encouraging young people to gain confidence in a fun, non-competitive environment, to have their chance to shine in their own individual way and to experience a sense of belonging to a group. Hundreds of local children have passed through the school over the years, and subsequently furthered their interest in dance, singing and stage performance.

Landmark Productions presents the Tall Tales / Solstice Arts Centre production of

These Halcyon Days

Adapted and performed by Des Keogh From Letters of a Love-Hungry Farmer by John B Keane George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Friday 12 July, 8pm BACK BY Tickets €20/€18 conc PO

by Deirdre Kinahan George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date 16 - 17 July, 8pm Tickets €22/€20


Following a tremendously successful maiden voyage in Carlow this winter, one of Ireland’s foremost actors, Des Keogh, returns with his award-winning show The Love Hungry Farmer by John B. Keane. It tells the story of John Bosco McLane, a bachelor of indeterminate age and, according to his own assessment, ‘past his best’ and evidently still a virgin. McLane’s amorous adventures range from the hilarious to the pitiful. John B Keane ranks among the great Irish writers. His plays include Sive, The Field, and Big Maggie.

It took a while. But they found each other. This wonderfully funny, life-affirming play by the writer of Moment and Bogboy is infused with Deirdre Kinahan’s hallmark humour and humanity. Nominated for Best New Play, Irish Times Theatre Awards for 2012, it features remarkable performances from two of Ireland’s leading actors, Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan. Tender and touching, These Halcyon Days is a glorious celebration of the human spirit against the odds.

‘two of our most eminent actors … a tour de force’

From Rihanna to Calamity Jane, come and see these kids show you a bit of dance-and-dazzle, with fantastic costumes, beautiful movement, and an inspiring positive confidence in life.

Irish Independent

‘Kinahan could ask for no better actors than Stephen Brennan and Anita Reeves to bring her characters to life’ The Irish Times

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Tickets 059 917 2400


Summer Art Camp VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art Date July 1 -3 (age group 6- 12) July 22 - 23 (age group 13 - 16) 10am- 4pm daily Cost €80 per child

Spend some time this summer painting, making, cartooning, performing and much more! Summer Art Camp invites young people into the amazing VISUAL Centre for three days to explore all sorts of ways of making art, experimenting with various creative processes inspired by the exhibitions that fill each of the four galleries. This art camp will be co-ordinated by professional artists and the core artistic team who put together the shows and exhibitions in the theatre and galleries. Camps might include a master-class with dancer-in-residence Emma Martin; a photography project with the Carlow Photographic Society; an illustrator’s saloon with Steve McCarthy; a wood project with Emmet Kane, a ‘make shop’ with Saidhbhín Gibson and an animal art workshop with Stephen Brandes curator. This camp is a real treat, an incredible opportunity for kids to work with some of the country’s most intriguing artists. Art Camp is from 10 am to 4 pm. Parents do not need to remain with their children, we have ample assistance. Campers must pack a lunch and snack every day to eat during supervised breaks. This camp is not suitable for children aged 5 and under, sorry.... To book places please contact Box Office on 059 9172400. Space is limited; camp will sell out!!

Wonderland Theatre School

Createschool presents

George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Date Tuesday 9 - Saturday 13 July With a showcase on Saturday 13 July at 2.30pm Cost €105 per participant, BACK maximum 22 kids B

George Bernard Shaw Theatre, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and the Streets of Carlow Town Date 14 - 16 August, 10-4pm Cost €50

*Suitable for 7 - 12 years old

Digi-tales Workshop


Wonderland’s weeklong workshop will immerse our budding young performers in the world of drama, music, dance, singing, sound art, clown and comedy and theatre design. From backstage to centre stage, our workshop will offer every child a chance to shine. Wonderland Workshops uniquely combine a ‘stage school’ with the work of a professional theatre company, and takes place on the stage of the theatre. Every Wonderland Workshop’s aim is to make friends, to perform, to learn life skills – yes, but most importantly to encourage each young performer to grow and develop through the performing arts – and just as crucially to have the best of fun together. The course will be led by Wonderland’s Artistic Director Alice Coghlan (writer and director) in association with members of Wonderland’s casts and production teams, including Amy Therese Flood (dancer and actress), Tommy Foster (sound designer and composer), Pierce Kavanagh (lighting).

Does your local area have a hidden history just waiting to be revealed? Maybe you have a grandparent or neighbour with an interesting tale to tell? Covering a broad range of multimedia techniques, this season’s Createschool will focus on the art of digital storytelling in all its varied forms. Our technology experts will show you how to use mobile devices such as iPads, digital cameras and audio recorders to capture stories from everyday life and share them with the world. Whether you dream of being a roving-reporter, screenwriter, broadcaster, camera-operator, director or editor, this is your chance to learn the skills that will help your digital project stand out from the crowd. Following the three-day course, participants will then have the opportunity to showcase their work in a special exhibition to take place at VISUAL in August as part of the Carlow 800 celebrations. All students will also receive a copy of all digital media produced during the course.

Tickets 059 917 2400

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