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THE FIRST BIG CULTURAL EVENT OF SUMMER 2017

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This years festival is a celebration of coming together, so it’s fitting that we’re mainly ‘under one roof’ at the beautiful Carlow College St. Patrick’s - our Festival Campus HQ. Shake off your daily life and immerse yourself in artistic adventures over our week-long festival. We’ve a brilliant line up in the O’Hara’s Pavilion, featuring The Strypes, Rusangano Family, Stomptown Brass, DJ Kelly-Anne Byrne, R.S.A.G., Emmet Kirwan, Sarah O Gorman and Exiles. In between acts, indulge yourself with all that the Irish Village Markets has to offer. I’m happy to say that Carlow’s world-class visual arts scene features stronger than ever in this year’s programme, with the Hotron ART WORKS Exhibition at VISUAL and Hand Made Magic featuring the work of Daria Martin and Oscar Schlemmer. Further afield, look out for SITE WORKS – remarkable art in unusual locations around Carlow town. Expect video installations from Sinead Keogh, and Brian Hand & Orla Ryan; unexpected public space interventions from Ceclila Bullo, Karl Burke and John Cullen; and Ireland’s internationally renowned Crash Ensemble in concert at the ruined splendour of Duckett’s Grove.

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I’m thrilled we can bring some wonderful international acts to Carlow this year. They include one of the most engaging and uplifting works of theatre I have ever seen Pss Pss (Switzerland) and the beautiful Cow-Go-Round from France. Saturday night will go off with a bang when Ondadurto Teatro from Italy will thrill Carlow with the explosive free spectacle of C’era Una Volta (Once Upon A Time). We are delighted to play host to a world festival première with the screening of Philip Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach. This epic work runs to 4.5 hours and presents an opportunity to indulge in the visual and aural fantasy world he created with director Robert Wilson and choreographer Lucinda Childs. Also on the big screen this year, we’re delighted to partner with the Irish Film Institute to present Carlow on Film, a unique collection of vintage and contemporary work.

Supporters

Principal Donors RDA Smyth Accountants Carlow, Thomas M. Byrne & Son Ltd, Lennons@VISUAL, CeeGees Restaurant, Kehoe Auctioneers, Ivor Bowe Consulting Engineers, Cllr. Ken Murnane, Cllr Fintan Phelan, Cllr Anne Ahern, Cllr Walter Lacey, Carlow Rotary Club, Carlow IT Students Union, Brennan Associates, Jo Mangan & Tom Swift, Tullys Travel, Deycom Computer Services Ltd. Additional donors are listed on our website www.CarlowArtsFestival.com

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PAY WHAT YOU CAN

When your funds are low, and all our tickets have been sold out, or you have just missed out on your favourite act because you have arrived at the end of a long day and you didn’t get it together, you will be happy to know that we have thought of you. We will be reserving a number of tickets for all paid events that will be released thirty minutes beforehand on a first come first served basis. You simply pay what you can and enjoy the show.

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The majority of our programme is FREE, however the musicians, dancers, visual artists, performers, tents, toilets and ticketing systems do have to be paid for. Your contribution is most valued. So please consider making a donation on the day which will go directly towards supporting the artists who make the extraordinary work on offer.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Most of our programme is suitable for families of all ages, but we have highlighted the events that we think younger audiences would enjoy most with this symbol.

For me, the theme of coming together is clearest with our new strand of events that create new opportunities for people of all backgrounds in Carlow to engage in the arts. Emma Martin, the internationally profiled, locally based choreographer is creating The Thumping Heart with local young dancers and musicians. Circus company Extraordinary Bodies (UK) will be working during the festival with community members of all abilities towards creating a big spectacle event for 2018… watch this space. Ondadurto Teatro have worked with Gypsy Communities all over the world and we are happy to say they will be working with our own young Traveller community in the lead up to the festival. Emmet Kirwan will bring his unique skills to a masterclass for young spoken word artists and Carlow Youth Theatre are working alongside Yvonne McGuinness at VISUAL. We have even more events for kids and families this year. Pop-up performances for all the family will feature Pietr Kloon, Professor Plunger, Extraordinary Bodies and Sevesfeathers. The Book Doctors from Children’s Books Ireland will be writing prescriptions for the next books your child should read. And we have some really fun events that children can join in including Body&Soul hit Sing Along Social, and Mystery Movie - where you get to decide what we screen. We’re proud to say a massive 70% of our programme is free. But of course that doesn’t mean what we offer costs nothing. So we ask you to please be generous with your donations and of course enjoy everything that our ‘coming together’ of 2017 has to offer. We look forward to seeing you in Carlow this June. Jo Mangan Director Carlow Arts Festival

The Team

Board

Jo Mangan – Festival Director Lisa Williamson – Festival Manager Heather Tunstead – Marketing Coordinator Ferga Moran – Artist Liaison / Administration Emma Galbally - Volunteer Coordinator Mariane McGrath – Marketing Assistant Emma Lucy O’Brien – Visual Arts Curator Fiona O’Keeffe - Intern

Emma Geoghegan (Chairperson), Ed Cahill, Chris Chapman, David Morgan, Emma-Lucy O’Brien.

And all our wonderful Volunteers. Thank You The Arts Council of Ireland staff & board; Averil Lawler, Fr Conn Ó Maoldhomhnaigh, Eddie Deegan, & staff of Carlow College; Ann Mulrooney and all the staff at VISUAL; Dan McInerney, Sinead Dowling, Bernie O’Brien, Kieran Comerford, Michael Brennan, Seamus O’Connor & staff of Carlow County Council; Noel Lennon, Anthony Kavanagh & Carlow Amenity Trust; Sgt John Foley & all at An Garda Siochána; Ger O’Donoghue & Carlow Fire Service; Carlow Civil Defence; Carlow Order of Malta; Ross Byrne, Sinead Byrne, Liam Byrne, Catherine Darcy, Michael Woods, Annlouise O’Neill, Fr. John Dunphy, Reverend David White & staff of St. Mary’s Church.

TO BOOK:

With special thanks to Cornelia McCarthy (Chair 2011 - 2016)

24/7 online at www.CarlowArtsFestival.com

(no booking charges)

Friday Movie & Music Pass €30 Saturday Movie & Music Pass €30 (Limited availability )

Full details of these and other money saving ticket-bundle offers available online at www.CarlowArtsFestival.com. *Where events are Free but ticketed - booking is required online in order to guarantee your ticket.

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MULTI-DAY EVENTS

EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH Philip Glass / Richard Wilson / Lucinda Childs (USA)

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VISUAL / Sat 10 - Mon 12 June / 1pm - 5.30pm / FREE but ticketed Widely credited as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century, this rarely performed work launched its director Robert Wilson, composer Philip Glass and choreographer Lucinda Childs to international success when it was first produced at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in 1976. Nearly four decades after it was first performed, Einstein on the Beach was remounted and filmed, bringing this ground-breaking work to new audiences and an entirely new generation. Carlow will be the first festival audience in the world to see this work publicly screened. Einstein on the Beach breaks all the rules of conventional opera. Instead of a traditional orchestral arrangement, Glass chose to compose the work for the synthesisers, woodwinds and voices of the Philip Glass Ensemble. The piece is mesmeric, visually stunning and non-narrative in form. Taking place over four and half hours, the audience is invited to enter and exit at liberty during the screening.

COW GO ROUND Theatre De La Toupine (France)

PIETR KLOON

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Festival HQ / Sat 10 - Sun 11 June (Afternoon and evening Sat 10 and afternoon Sun 11) / FREE An ecological theatre-carousel powered by parents. Children climb on the less than ordinary cows: the plane cow, the angel cow, the bee-cow, the roller cow, the swimming cow, the turned turtle cow, the dancing cow, the skateboarding cow, the musician cow‌ and the tin rocket. In the meantime, parents are milking a lifesize cow, giving out the power necessary to make the carousel rotating.

Theatre Lovett

PROFESSOR PLUNGER

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Festival HQ / Sat 10 - Sun 11 June / FREE Get ready. Renowned European chat show host Pietr Kloon is coming to Carlow Arts Festival. Known for his distinct and only mildly accented interview technique this roving reporter gently and painlessly ambushes festival-goers with inane and probing questions in his ongoing investigation into the Irish psyche. His European charm and slow wittedness make him a favourite with his many fans of all ages.

Fanzini Brothers

POET-TREE HAIKU

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Festival HQ / Sat 10 - Sun 11 June / 3pm / FREE The Professor is ready to show off his greatest invention; his amazing hair! An inventive and original show featuring dancing, hair plungers and a bell-playing finale. The Professor is a charming old world rogue with a little cheeky grin and a very large head of hair. Professor Plunger is a non-verbal show using the international language of comedy and music.

5 Festival HQ / Sat 10 - Sun 11 June / FREE This tree will be filled with Haiku poems about what it means to live in Carlow in 2017 from the perspective of our most recent generation. Children who have worked on their Haiku in school are invited to Festival HQ to tie theirs on the poet-tree during the festival.

A fantastic trip driven by the sound of the mooh organ, a unique musical organ including 19 cowbells, mooh boxes and milk tins. Everything put together inside a metallic bull frame in partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland and in association with Cork Midsummer Festival.

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ART WORKS Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL present Hotron Art Prizes & Exhibition Launch

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VISUAL / Wed 7 June (until 3rd September) / 11am-8pm daily Selected Artists: Kevin Gaffney, Lee Welch, Aisling O’Beirn, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Sarah O’Brien, Jonathan Mayhew, Vera Ryklova, Pádraig Spillane, Karl Burke, Martin Boyle, Robert Moriarty, Damien Flood, Doireann Ni Ghrioghair, Tom Fitzgerald, Lorraine Neeson and Saidhbhín Gibson. Invited artists: Miguel Martin, Emma Haugh, Tonya Mc Mullan, Susan Mc William.

approaches to contemporary practice. With artworks ranging from painting, drawing and photography, to experimental film, installation, and performance, this exhibition will be a wonderful opportunity for audiences to get a sense of some of the pertinent ideas and concerns both emerging and established artists across Ireland are exploring in 2017.” - Hotron ART WORKS ‘17 selector Eoin Dara

Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL present Hotron ART WORKS ‘17, the 38th Annual Open Submission exhibition and Hotron Art Prizes. Selected by Eoin Dara, Head of Exhibitions at DCA (Dundee) and Emma Lucy O’Brien, Curator, VISUAL, the exhibition celebrates the energy, creative power and diversity of visual arts practices in Ireland. “The shortlisted artists form a really eclectic and exciting mix of

The Hotron Éigse Prize of €3000 for an outstanding piece of work and the Hotron ART WORKS prize of €1000 for work by a recent graduate will be presented at the exhibition launch of the Hotron ART WORKS at VISUAL on June 7 at 7pm. All Welcome.

CURATORS TOUR OF ART WORKS

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Meet at Festival Box Office, Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 5.30pm / Free

THE RAPTURE OF HUGO BALL DARIA MARTIN, NEW WORKS 2102 - 2017 Roger Gregg & Crazy Dog Audio Theatre Co.

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VISUAL / Wed 7 June / 8pm / FREE but ticketed

VISUAL / Wed 7 June (until 3 Sept) / 11am-8pm during the festival / FREE

The Rapture of Hugo Ball is a dark comedy by Creative Explorations staged as a radio show with live music and sound-effects. A satire tracing a performance-artist’s unsuccessful struggle to gain recognition and acclaim in an indifferent world, the protagonist finds himself thwarted at every turn by an arts culture rife with the rivalry of competing egos, choked by academic jargon and administered by indifferent bureaucratic gatekeepers. Though set in the realm of performance art, the tale equally applies to all the creative arts wherein the individual artist has to struggle to establish a viable career.

The show includes Martin’s latest trilogy of 16mm films, Theatre of the Tender (2016); At The Threshold (2015); and Sensorium Tests (2012). Inspired by Martin’s research into a heightened form of physical sensitivity called mirror touch synaesthesia, these works explore the dynamics of actor and spectator, and the transfer of emotion and feeling. Kindly supported by County Carlow Arts Office.

Das Triadische Ballett [Triadic Ballet], 1970 Courtesy Global Screen, Munich.

SPOKEN WORD MASTERCLASS WITH EMMET KIRWAN

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YOU CAN’T FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL

Yvonne McGuinness

THE TRIADIC BALLET

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Oskar Schlemmer

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Fri 9 June / FREE by application to info@CarlowArtsFestival.com

VISUAL / Sat 10 - Sun 11 June / FREE

VISUAL / Wed 7 June (until 3 Sept / 11am - 8pm during the festival) / FREE

Emmet Kirwan will hold a four hour workshop based on performance and spoken word specifically designed for young people and young adults, encouraging them to find their voice and creativity through the medium of this energetic and exciting form of poetry, influenced as much by Hip Hop as it is by Poetry.

Investigating themes of empathy, sensation and connection to place, McGuinness has worked with Carlow Youth Theatre members to create a performance intervention for VISUAL’s gallery spaces. Commissioned by VISUAL in response to the season’s themes, the work explores how the languages of visual arts, theatre and spectacle can combine to communicate with and affect both participants and audiences. moments of interaction and connection to FAMILY place, time and communities. FRIENDLY

Using cartoonish costumes and bright colours in a bizarre exploration of modernity, The Triadic Ballet (1922) by Oskar Schlemmer pushed dance into the 20th century. Described by Schlemmer as a ‘party in form and colour’, in 1970 the ballet was captured in film for future audiences to enjoy. Plus a dress-up space for making a spectacle, come and stage your own performance! Costumes are suitable for all ages, mix and match to create your own style. FAMILY

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SITE WORKS Carlow Arts Festival and Carlow Arts Office “Locating itself in clever ways around the town, this year’s SITE WORKS commissions present; situations, stories and folklores that will inspire, amuse and surprise. Carlow is charged with interesting histories, places and people- a rich creative landscape.” - SITE WORKS ‘17 Curator Emma-Lucy O’Brien SITE WORKS ’17 presents six new site specific* works of art. Inspired by Carlow and its rich narratives, these works create new perspectives on old stories and inhabit locations in unexpected and refreshing ways. There’s a long tradition of inviting artists to Carlow to make and present works of art. SITE WORKS continues on this legacy offering a unique platform for artists to come, explore and respond. This year SITE WORKS was selected from open call by Connie Byrne, Arts Facilitator, Sinead Dowling, Arts Officer, Carlow County Council, Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Curator SITE WORKS ‘17 and Jo Mangan, Festival Director. *The term site-specific refers to a work of art designed specifically for a particular location and that has a relationship with that location.

CURATOR’S TOUR OF SITE WORKS

Meet at Festival Box Office, Festival HQ / Sun 11 June / 5:30pm / FREE

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PEREGRINUS

DOORWAYS/PORTALS

Cecilia Bullo

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THE WOLF O’BRIEN

Karl Burke

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Various locations / 7-13 June / FREE

Installed up high in the steeple, Peregrinus responds to the story of a peregrine falcon that nested in the belfry of St. Mary’s Church in Carlow town. Clearing the belfry of unwanted pigeons, the arrival of the falcon at the church led to some addressing it as a ‘miracle’. Through a sculptural intervention, interviews and the gathering of information, artist Cecilia Bullo investigates how stories evolve and mythologies are created. The peregrine falcon’s name originates from the Latin Peregrinus, meaning someone from far away lands, a foreigner with the spirit of travel.

A site-specific artwork, this work involves a number of subtle interventions made directly onto public pathways in a selection of urban spaces located in Carlow town. The work is concerned with the notion of public urban space, architecture, and fundamental to all buildings: the doorway, the entrance. A quiet work, it will be happened upon, walked over and on and is for all audiences.

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CRASHLANDS

Sinead Keogh

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The Workmans Club, 11 Brown Street / 7-13 June / 11am - 7pm daily (Late night Thurs 8 and Fri 9am till 11pm) / FREE This film installation features Barry, a club kid during the 90s reflecting on the culture of his youth, early 90s EDM festivals and the effect of 90s trance music. The viewer is invited into Barry’s mind where an imaginary meeting occurs between the mythical Greek nymph Echo and a young 22 year old Barry in a German forest preparing for a Trance festival. Installed in the function room of the Workmans Club, this film and it’s throbbing sound track feel at home under the location’s disco ball.

John Cullen

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Behind Carlow College, St Patrick’s / 7-13 June / FREE What if we tried to inverse the operation of history and archaeology? What would the layout and function of such spaces be like in the future? We will speculate what the future might hold, beyond the current utilisation of the grounds of Carlow College. The idea is to position a future archaeological dig that reveals a tennis court that overrides the current functionality of the site. Its layout cuts through existing buildings, car parks, side walks etc, to foreground its imagined existence.

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Ducketts Grove, Carlow / Tue 13 June / 9:15pm / FREE but ticketed In the ruined splendour of the gothic Duckett’s Grove at dusk, and closing out Carlow Arts Festival 2017, Crash Ensemble present Crash Lands - a groundbreaking new music project. This ambitious collaboration commissions and showcases new work from 20 Irish and international composers. A live performance of two of these pieces will be premièred at Carlow Arts Festival to mark the 20th anniversary of the company, who are at the cutting edge of contemporary classical music.

7- 9 June / FREE by application to info@CarlowArtsFestival.com

Thur 8 - Sat 10 June / FREE by application to info@CarlowArtsFestival.com

Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 4.30pm / FREE

Like a high-wire act, bringing people from diverse communities together can be risky, but it’s also a beautiful thing when done with art and flair. Ondardurto Teatro will be doing just that when they gather a group of local, settled and Traveller young people together for a life-affirming experience. They will have a privileged role in the festival, they will live, learn, take part and share all that happens, learning to share, give opinions and to listen and respect the point of view of others

A 3 day creative exploration workshop with broad community representation, led by members of Extraordinary Bodies - a circus company that believes in Circus for Every Body. We are all ages, disabled and non disabled, and from different backgrounds. We are circus performers and storytellers. This year we are visiting Carlow to look at human value with a broad range of people who live in the town.

Come and join us to see a short performance starting at 4.30pm on Saturday at the Festival HQ featuring representative members of the community. Talk to us afterwards about your own ideas about how we might value everybody. We will be back next year with our show What Am I Worth? featuring people from your community.

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CREATIVE EXPLORATIONS

WORKSHOP

Ondadurto Teatro (Italy)

The Wolf O’Brien; this film and documentary art work explores the last sighting and slaying of a wolf in Ireland near Mount Leinster in 1786. Illuminating a large glass window pane, you’ll encounter The Wolf O’Brien and his story as evening falls each day of the festival. The work is about scale, extinction, myth and history.

Crash Ensemble

RUNNING AWAY WITH THE CIRCUS

Extraordinary Bodies (UK)

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Above Unit 2, 38-43 Tullow Street / 7-13 June / 10am-1am / FREE

St. Mary’s Church, Church St. Graigue / 7-13 June / FREE

DIGGING UP THE FUTURE

Brian Hand & Orla Ryan


FRIDAY EVENTS

THURSDAY EVENTS THIS THUMPING HEART

Dancehall Project & Emma Martin Commissioned by Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL

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IFI LOCAL FILMS FOR LOCAL PEOPLE - CARLOW ON CAMERA Irish Film Institute

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VISUAL / Thur 8 June / 8pm / €12, €6 child, €10 (OAP/unwaged/student)

VISUAL / Fri 9 June / 6:30pm / €5

10 Teenage Girls…. bright eyes, breathing the same air, blood pumping together…dancing their hearts out. This Thumping Heart chases through the expectations, anxieties and vulnerabilities of what it is to be a young woman. The dramas of the most potent of life stages distilled into powerful physicality. Created by the dancers together with choreographer Emma Martin, featuring Carlow Youth Orchestra and in association with Carlow Regional Youth Services.

Carlow on Camera presents an exciting, programme of films about Carlow which are preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive. Dating from the 1930s to the present day the programme creates a vibrant social history of the county and a colourful kaleidoscope of years gone by.

I went out in the world afraid / All the other people were dancing / The sun glared, and I did not know / My face, or my hands, or whom to turn to / I wish the sky would move as I move. (Girl’s Song, Alicia Ostriker)

It includes Activities of Carlow Town, made by PP Fr Jackie Moran (1935 – ’58); Radharc’s documentary about Pattern Day in St Mullins (1966); Gael Linn’s Amharc Éireann newsreels of the county (1960s); Journeys down the Barrow (1960s) and the elegiac What Remains (2013) co-directed by Carlow filmmaker Tadhg O’ Sullivan and Pat Collins. The programme highlight will be the Irish modern-day première of the recently re-discovered silent boarding-school drama Some Say Chance, directed by Carlovian Michael Farrell in 1935 and accompanied by internationally renowned cellist Kate Ellis.

MULTI DAY EVENT BEFORE I DIE Candy Chang (USA)

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Old Dublin Road, Old Dooley Motors site / 7-13 June / Free Before I Die is a global community art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public. The original wall was created on an abandoned house in my neighborhood in New Orleans after I lost someone I loved. Since then, passionate people have created walls in their own communities and there are now over 2,000 walls in over 35 languages and over 70 countries, including China, Argentina, Italy, Iraq, Finland, India, Japan, and South Africa. Each Before I Die wall is created and maintained by an individual or group of people who are passionate about creating a space for their community to share more with one another. - Candy Chang

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FRIDAY EVENTS

RUSANGANO FAMILY

With support from Emmet Kirwan

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O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Fri 9 June / 8pm / €18

RUSANGANO FAMILY

EMMET KIRWAN

Recent RTÉ Music Prize winners bring their riotous energy and award-winning music to Carlow Arts Festival. Exploring issues such as identity and belonging, Rusangano Family deliver a hefty dose of honest double-edged lyricism over skewed soul samples, 808 beats and sliced-up breaks. Wearing their hip-hop and electronic influences proudly on their sleeves, Rusangano Family aren’t an act willing to conform to the styles associated with their respective backgrounds. Instead of struggling with the idea of being different, they celebrate it. Sure the rules are only there to be broken!

Spoken word artist, playwright and performer Emmet Kirwan will be performing a selection of new work and poems.

MYSTERY MOVIE

28 Festival HQ / Fri 9 June / 10:00pm / €6.50, €20 for group of 4 in advance, €8 on the door We’re hosting an outdoor movie night with a difference this year, and you are in charge of choosing the movie to be shown at our outdoor cinema event on Friday June 9 at our Festival HQ. The final selection will be based on the most popular choice and just like last year, you can cosy up with blankets and inflatable seats, grab your drinks and snacks onsite, and enjoy. Go to our website, follow us on social media, and most importantly – vote for your favourite.

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DJ SET

Kelly-Anne Byrne

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O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Fri 9 June / Midnight till late / €5 Kelly-Anne Byrne, presenter of The Beat Goes On (Today FM) & one of the top tune selectors in this country, will be spinning disco til the late hours. She has previously played Electric Picnic, Longitude, Interlude, Body & Soul. ‘The best show on Irish radio’ - Jim Carroll (Irish Times) on The Beat Goes On

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SATURDAY EVENTS PSS PSS

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Companie Baccalà (Switzerland)

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VISUAL / Sat 10 June / 6:30pm / €15 - Adult / €5 - child / €12 - (OAP/unwaged/student), €35 - Family of 4

Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 2pm & 4pm / FREE

Brilliant, tender and ingenious, two modern-day clowns take to the stage. Baccalà’s hilarious and timeless performance of enthralling physicality and exquisite expression has been fêted the world over. Inventive, exciting, ridiculous, this breathtaking pas de deux of mishaps and acrobatics will have you laughing long after you leave the theatre.

In Unguarded, an original hand-balancing and acrobatic solo piece exploring vulnerability and the ephemeral, Sevesfeathers will risk irretrievable seconds, upside-down. For you, unguarded, she’ll find her balance.

‘Sometimes a show is such a total delight that it is hard to write about it without just gushing ‘ See it, see it!’ – Pss Pss is such a show. See it, see it.’ - Total Theatre Winner of 14 international prizes, including the Cirque Du Soleil prize. Pss Pss has been performed over 600 times, in over 50 countries, and on 5 continents, to huge acclaim. An hour of happiness. Don’t miss it! ‘ extraordinary… riveting …infectious… one of the most magical shows on the circuit…’ THE STAGE

For you, to feel, to dare; she’ll let her guard down. For you, unguarded, she’ll find her balance.

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R.S.A.G

32 O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 11:30pm / €5 A storm of sound and an eruption of percussion mixed with hypnotic tunes and visuals. Since it’s conception in 2008 musical juggernaut, Rarely Seen Above Ground has taken his tour de force, one man show of sound, visuals and incendiary rhythm and samples to captured audiences around the world. Known to his friends as Jeremy Hickey, R.S.A.G has gained a reputation not only as one of Europe’s most impressive drummers but as a celebrated producer and a talented showman.

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R.S.A.G continues to gather momentum, since the early days when he picked up a Choice Music Prize nomination, he has pressed two celebrated LP’s, secured billings on the most enviable festivals in both Europe and America and made multiple international TV appearances along the way.

THE STRYPES

With support by Exiles

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O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 8pm / €25

THE STRYPES Inspired by artists such as Dr. Feelgood, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and the early Rolling Stones, The Strypes play a no nonsense set of speed blues, mixing reworkings of rhythm and blues classics with their originals. Elton John, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller and Dave Grohl are all known fans of the band. In April 2012 they released a 4-track EP, Young, Gifted & Blue which hit no. 1 on the iTunes Blues Chart and ignited the interest of record companies. The band signed a record deal with Mercury Records (which has since become known as Virgin EMI) in December 2012 where they released their debut album, Little Victories. They have since toured the world, including South America and Japan, sold out Dublin’s Olympia Theatre two times over, and written their follow up to Little Victories to be released summer of 2017.

EXILES Big Beats and Sexy Synths. With influences ranging from Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears and the soundtrack to Lethal Weapon, right through to St. Lucia, All Tvvins and the soundtrack to Lethal Weapon 2. Exiles carefully crafted their four track debut EP Red Lights which was released last year to critical acclaim, with the title track featuring as Dermot & Dave’s ‘Homegrown Hero’ on Today FM, Beat FM’s ‘Play Irish Song Of The Week’, and The Irish Times ‘Song Of The Week’.

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SATURDAY EVENTS

C’ERA UNA VOLTA (ONCE UPON A TIME) Ondadurto Teatro (Italy)

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Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 10pm / FREE The extraordinary Ondadurto Teatro comes to Ireland for the very first time with their huge spectacle performance C’era Una Volta (Once Upon a TIme). Stories and legends from the traditions of the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll and Hans Christian Andersen, are reinterpreted in a noir atmosphere. Is it possible that Little Red Riding Hood has a dark side? And what about the light, sweet, melancholic side of Witches and Stepmothers? This is much more than a show about princesses and heroes. Ondadurto Teatro create an unreal world, where an improbable Mad Hatter and his Carousel of Time bring the audience on a surreal and fantastical journey, passing through stories and legends on a breathless tour with fascinating moving objects, projection, sound effects, spectacular water effects, fire and of course… fireworks!

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SUNDAY EVENTS

THE BOOK CLINIC

SING ALONG SOCIAL Aoife McElwain

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Children’s Books Ireland

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O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Sun 11 June / 4:30pm / FREE

Festival HQ / Sun 11 June / 1pm - 5pm / FREE

The Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir where friends and strangers gather together to sing along to their favourite tunes. You don’t have to practice, you don’t need to know the words and you don’t even need to be able to sing.

Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to the Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic! Parents and children are invited to drop in for an informal consultation with our friendly panel of Book Doctors she can write a book prescription, which is a personalised list of books recommended for the individual patient.

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STOMPTOWN BRASS

With support from Sarah O Gorman

SARAH O GORMAN

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O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Sun 11 June / 8pm / €18

Launch of EP Concrete Rain

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O’Hara’s Festival Pavilion / Sunday 11 June / 2pm

Blending the sounds of funk and blues with a raucous cacophony of powerful driving rhythms, Stomptown Brass make the most of their impressive 10 piece line-up: 3 Drummers, 3 Trombones, 2 Trumpets, one Saxophone and one big dirty Tuba. An urban street-funk brass outfit from Dublin, with musical roots in the New Orleans tradition of street-stomping horn players, Stomptown Brass have spent the last number of months bringing Dublin pedestrians to a standstill around the city. The band focuses on original material composed by trombonist James O’Leary. Add to this original takes on artists as diverse as Outkast and Brendan Behan and you get a band determined to give listeners something they haven’t heard before. “Locomotive is concerned with the essence of sound, the incommunicable feeling that music can give us when the right notes are played at the right time, and all the harmonics gather into one whole being... throughout Locomotive you can feel the energy and power that Stomptown Brass hold over their music... Locomotive is a boisterous carnival of music that comes across fully on record” - The Last Mixed Tape. ‘With the hot jazz vim and vigour of My Duchess Has A Heart of Gold, Stomptown Brass show they are students of their influences but are not chained or confined to them. Rolling along with all the forward motion the E.P’s title would suggest and made all the more convincing by big call and response vocals, the song is the highlight in a record brimming with life’. - The Last Mixed Tape on the EP Locomotive

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Carlow-born, Berlin-based singer songwriter Sarah O Gorman launches her soulful and lyrical debut EP, Concrete Rain Containing four, all-original tracks, and produced by the inimitable David Ayers, Sarah O Gorman’s first EP Concrete Rain is a beautifully-balanced amalgam of blues-pop, folkjazz, acoustic instrumentation and considered lyrics. This is an ambitious release from a promising new artist. Recorded over 5 days in Carlow earlier this year, Concrete Rain’s tracklist spans a set of songs that are both optimistic and introspective, upbeat and slow, offering melodies that stay in your head and lyrics that speak to your soul.


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REF# ARTIST

VENUE / DATE / TIME

PRICE

MULTI DAY EVENTS // 7-13 JUNE 1

EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH

VISUAL / Sat 10 - Mon 12 June / 1pm - 5.30pm

FREE but ticketed

2

COW GO ROUND

Festival HQ / Sat 10 - Sun 11 June (Afternoon and evening Sat 10 and afternoon Sun 11)

FREE

Theatre De La Toupine (France)

3

PIETR KLOON

Festival HQ / Sat 10 - Sun 11 June

FREE

4

PROFESSOR PLUNGER

Festival HQ / Sat 10 - Sun 11 June / 3pm

FREE

5

POET-TREE HAIKU

Festival HQ / Sat 10 - Sun 11 June

FREE

6

ART WORKS EXHIBITION

VISUAL / Wed 7 June (until 3rd September) / 11am-8pm daily

FREE

10

DARIA MARTIN, NEW WORKS 2102 - 2017

VISUAL / Wed 7 June (until 3 Sept) / 11am-8pm during the festival

FREE

12

PERIGRINUS

St. Mary’s Church, Church St. Graigue / 7-13 June

FREE

13

DOORWAYS / PORTALS

Various locations / 7-13 June

FREE

14

THE WOLF O’BRIEN

Above Unit 2, 38-43 Tullow Street / 7-13 June / 10am-1am / FREE

FREE

15

TRANSCENDENTAL

The Workmans Club, 11 Brown Street / 7-13 June / 11am - 7pm daily (Late nightThurs 8 and Fri 9am till 11pm)

FREE

Sinead Keogh

16

DIGGING UP THE FUTURE

Behind Carlow College, St Patrick’s / 7-13 June

FREE

19

YOU CAN’T FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL

VISUAL / Thurs 8, 6.30pm / Sat 10, 3pm

FREE

20

THE TRIADIC BALLET

VISUAL / Wed 7 June (until 3 Sept / 11am - 8pm during the festival)

FREE

25

BEFORE I DIE…

Old Dublin Road, Old Dooley Motors site / Wed 7 - Tues 13 June

FREE

Philip Glass / Richard Wilson / Lucinda Childs (USA)

Theatre Lovett

Fanzini Brothers

Cecilia Bullo Karl Burke

Brian Hand & Orla Ryan

John Cullen

Yvonne McGuinness

Oskar Schlemmer Candy Chang

EVENTS BY DAY // 7-13 JUNE 7

HOTRON ART WORKS LAUNCH

VISUAL / Wed 7 June / 7pm

FREE

9

THE RAPTURE OF HUGO BALL

VISUAL / Wed 7 June / 8pm

FREE but ticketed

24

THIS THUMPING HEART

VISUAL / Thur 8 June / 8pm

€12, €6 child, €10 (OAP/unwaged/student)

22

WORKSHOP

Thur 8 - Sat 10 June

FREE by application to info@CarlowArtsFestival.com

21

RUNNING AWAY WITH THE CIRCUS

Wed 7- Fri 9 June

FREE by application to info@CarlowArtsFestival.com

18

SPOKEN WORD MASTERCLASS

Fri 9 June

FREE by application to info@CarlowArtsFestival.com

26

CARLOW ON CAMERA

VISUAL / Fri 9 June / 6:30pm

€5

27

RUSANGANO FAMILY WITH SUPPORT FROM EMMET KIRWAN

O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Fri 9 June / 8pm

€18

28

DIRTY DANCING

Festival HQ / Fri 9 June / 10:00pm

€6.50, €20 for group of 4 in advance, €8 on the door

29

DJ SET

O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Fri 9 June / Midnight till late

€5

8

CURATOR’S TOUR OF HOTRON ART WORKS

Meet at Festival Box Office, Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 5.30pm

FREE

22

WORKSHOP

Thur 8 - Sat 10 June

FREE by application to info@CarlowArtsFestival.com

23

PERFORMANCE

Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 4.30pm

FREE

30

PSS PSS

VISUAL / Sat 10 June / 6:30pm

€15 - Adult / €5 - child / €12 - (OAP/unwaged/student), €35 - Family of 4

31

UNGUARDED

Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 2pm & 4pm

FREE

32

R.S.A.G

O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 11:30pm

€5

33

THE STRYPES WITH SUPPORT FROM EXILES

O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 8pm

€25

34

C’ERA UNA VOLTA (ONCE UPON A TIME)

Festival HQ / Sat 10 June / 10pm

FREE

11

CURATOR’S TOUR OF SITE WORKS

Meet at Festival Box Office, Festival HQ / Sun 11 June / 5:30pm

FREE

35

SING ALONG SOCIAL

O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Sun 11 June / 4:30pm

FREE

36

THE BOOK CLINIC

Festival HQ / Sun 11 June / 1pm - 5pm

FREE

37

STOMPTOWN BRASS WITH SUPPORT FROM SARAH O GORMAN

O’Hara’s Pavilion at Festival HQ / Sun 11 June / 8pm

€18

38

SARAH O GORMAN

O’Haras Festival Pavilion / Sunday 11 June / 2pm

FREE

Roger Gregg & Crazy Dog Theatre Co. Dancehall Project & Emma Martin Extraordinary Bodies Ondadurto Teatro Emmet Kirwan

Irish Film Institute

Kelly-Anne Byrne

Extraordinary Bodies Extraordinary Bodies Companie Baccalà Sevesfeathers

Ondadurto Teatro

Aoife McElwain

Children’s Books Ireland

Launch of EP Concrete Rain *Events numbered in the order in which they appear in the programme booklet

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