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24th July - 2nd August 2015

www.skibbereen arts festival.com

Hello and Welcome to Skibbereen Arts

Festival 2015

West Cork itself is one of the most beautiful art galleries on the

planet. At every turn there are incredible vistas and on every

corner you are likely to bump into a practitioner of the arts. The

seventh Skibbereen Arts Festival pays homage to this fabric of our

community with a programme, that we hope you agree, is pretty


There will be music, film, theatre and poetry. Literature, exhibitions, symposiums and interventions. Walks, talks, workshops and dance.

Family fun days and a spectacular torchlit parade. No matter your age, there truly is something for everyone. We hope you enjoy.

Brendan McCarthy, Festival Chairman We are very grateful for the support of our funders Media Partner Special Thanks to Brian Carmody Contents Music Outdoor ‘Earth’ with live soundtrack 14 March Back in Time 6 RiZA 18 Historical Walk of Lough Hyne 8 Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny 32 Historical Walk of Skibbereen Town 6 The Bird Song Project 38 Mad Pride 17 James Yorkston and 44 Kayak by Starlight 34 Alasdair Roberts River Dance 37 Tribute to Alan Lomax 52 Launch of Ilen River Film 37 Film Spoken Word Ó Pheann an Phiarsaigh 11 Artists Books Talk 9 ‘Earth’ with live soundtrack 14 An Auduence with Liz Nugent 12 Song of the Sea 20 Poetry Reading by Tom French 43 Cinema Paradiso 22 Working Artists Studios’ 46 Agnes Martin: With my 36 Poetry Marathon Back to the World Making Sense 2 50 A Vision : A Life of W.B. Yeats 41 Visual Art Three Short Films 48 by Artavazd Pelechian Official Launch of Festival Art Trail 13 Immortal Stories 49 Umha Aois 56 The Land Where The Blues Began 51 Artist Books 58 Mixed Media 62 Theatre/Dance Melania Lynch 64 Elk and Saintly 21 Elevation(s) 65

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Volunteers From hanging bunting to handing out flyers, whether building stages or invigilating exhibitions, this festival would not be happening without the amazing work done by a small group of volunteers who have given a lot of time and effort throughout the year. If you would like to join our team we are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and friendly volunteers to help at festival events. Please contact us at info@skibbereenartsfestival.com for more details.

Mailing List We only use our mailing list to send you details of our events. We NEVER pass on your details to other organisations. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list then please email us at info@skibbereenartsfestival.com Festival Team Chairman: Brendan McCarthy Secretary: Susan O’ Regan Treasurer: Claire Murphy Programming: Pat Collins, Declan McCarthy and Sharon Whooley.

Visual Art Coordinator: Donagh Carey Box Office: Maeve O’ Sullivan, Claire Murphy, Breda Herlihy, Susan O’ Regan, Suzy McCarthy & Áine Herlihy Press, Publicity and Social Media: Amanda Cowhig Festival Photographer: Ger Murphy Technicians: Daragh Murphy and Justin Forbes Festival Crew: Kieran Crowley, Niall Carey, Bryan Harris and Rory Cregan Programme Compilation: Declan McCarthy and Sharon Whooley Programme and Website Design: Eoin Mahon, www.metric.ie Cover Image by Melania Lynch and Eoin Mahon Ticketing and Box Office Information All tickets are now on sale at www.skibbereenartsfestival.com Festival Box Office Skibbereen Town Hall, The Square, Skibbereen Email info@skibbereenartsfestival.com or telephone 087 1260327 Box Office open on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July from 2-5pm Also from Monday 20th - Wed 22nd from 2-5pm And then daily from Thursday 23rd July to Saturday 1st August, 10-5pm Seating at Live Events

- All of our festival venues have unreserved seating so seats cannot be reserved in advance.

- Any seating is on a first come first served basis.

- Doors open 30 minutes before the start of each show.

Refunds We can only offer refunds or exchange tickets in the case of a cancelled event.

Special Requirements All of our venues are wheelchair accessible.

Booking Fee There is a ¤1 booking fee per ticket purchased online for events that cost ¤10 or more.

This goes towards bank charges and card data protection charges.

Website and Social Media pages www.skibbereenartsfestival.com

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Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa Torchlit Parade To mark the centenary of his death, Skibbereen pays homage to the remarkable Irish patriot and local man Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa. In March 1863 he organised a march in Skibbereen town in support of a Polish uprising against Russia and “over 6,000 people thronged the streets carrying Polish banners with torches blazing”. Despite threats from the ‘peelers’ he outwitted the local magistrate and gave a fiery speech to the crowd in support of the freedom of all small nations. Tonight we try to recreate that march and go back to the Skibbereen of Rossa’s time.

Beginning at 7pm the streets will be closed off but alive with the sounds of ponies & traps, pipe bands, pop-up historical talks and children’s games of the time. The shop windows will display photos, posters and artefacts from the period with everyone dressed in ‘period costume’. Then as darkness falls we will recreate this march with a torchlit parade through the town from The Heritage Centre to the Maid of Éireann and back to finish at The Bridge where the ghost of Rossa may appear to finish that speech!

Please dress up in costume if you can (it doesn’t have to be 100% authentic) and help us to pay our respects to one of our most famous sons!

Parade leaves from the Heritage Centre at 9.30pm



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A different perspective of Lough Hyne will be given by local historian Terri Kearney as she takes walkers on her daily trail around the lough.

Peeling off the layers of history, she will share some of what she has learnt about the landscape and people of the lough over the years.

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Liz Clark, a professional singer/songwriter from the US and founder of ‘All Girl Band-Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls’ will be hosting a fun-filled, 2 hour workshop for kids ages 8-14.

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Join us for an illuminating and entertaining discussion from two very different practitioners in the Art of Artists’ Books; Typographic Designer and Letterpress Printer Jamie Murphy and Book Artist Andi McGarry.

“Did you know that the terms ‘out of sorts, ‘a dab hand’ and ‘watch your ps and qs’ originate with letterpress printing? Or that you can make ink from coal retrieved from the floor of the Atlantic ocean? Did you know that a hornet lives in a honeycomb structure, and that it’s a rather difficult shape to achieve typographically? This talk will open up the world of finely printed books while being both accessible and educational.” Jamie Murphy Andi McGarry says “My responses are distilled, not thickly applied, instead

- essences are used. Rawness, directness implied and applied. Spontaneity:

infusing personal experiences, lifting from journals, note books, sketchbooks, scribblings, rantings, ravings, poetics, comings, goings, ramblings, but always only so much and no more. Leaping across chasms, camcorders, cameras, computers, song smithing, electric guitaring, filming and painting. The things described are things that excite me, things I find inspiring, these are things I’ve recognised as I sped through life.”


ART Strange Attractor Saturday 25th July. 12PM-3PM Abbeystrewry Church. FREE Strange Attractor is a dynamic multi-dimensional series of collaborative ventures between five artists, Anthony Kelly, Danny McCarthy, Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea and David Stalling and guests exploring sound-based cross-disciplinary relationships to create non-verbal communication.

Strange Attractor, began in November 2010, with a highly successful series of monthly four-hour durational sound performances, within the Crawford Art Gallery spaces inviting international guests including David Toop & Mary Nunan, Stephen Vitiello, Alessandro Bosetti and Rhodri Davies. The performances have attracted large audiences who have experienced, along with the artists, the developing relationships between sound, visual art, music and choreography.

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Liz Nugent, author of ‘Unravelling Oliver’ is interviewed by local poet Aifric McGlinchey. Liz will read from her award winning novel and Aifric will then interview Liz about her inspiration, her reading and writing habits and her Skibbereen roots.

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Tonight we are thrilled that one of our nations best known artists Robert Ballagh will officially launch our ‘Art Trail’. Mr. Ballagh has worked as an engineering draughtsman, a musician and a postman before taking up painting in 1967. He has designed over 70 stamps for An Post, the final series of Irish banknotes before the introduction of the euro, and numerous murals, posters, limited prints and book covers. He has also worked as set designer on some of Ireland’s most memorable theatre productions of the past 30 years. He truly is a walking talking Arts Festival!

Skibbereen itself becomes an art gallery for the next two weeks.

Follow the trail of the Ilen River through the town and you will never be far from an artwork!

All exhibitions are open this evening so why not take a stroll along the trail and prepare to be amazed!

All exhibits open daily from 11am- 5pm until Saturday 8th August Saturday 25th July. 9.30PM

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Abbeystrewry Church. ¤10 Directed by Alexander Dovzhenko | 1930 | 80mins For tonight’s film screening, Skibbereen Arts Festival is delighted to welcome back Matthew Nolan, founder and artistic director of Dublin based group 3Epkano to perform his original soundtrack to Alexander Dovzhenko’s spectacular film, ‘Earth’. This is the third time that Matthew will perform in Skibbereen and anyone who was lucky enough to have witnessed these previous performances of ‘Pour la Suite du Monde’ and ‘Sunrise’ was blown away by the experience.

Voted one of the 100 Best Films of the Century in ‘Time Out’ magazine, ‘Earth’ is a masterpiece of world cinema - a celebration of life and an acknowledgement of the inevitability of life’s end.

Dovzhenko’s images, all in meticulously composed shots, are unforgettable.

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“The astonishingly beautiful ‘Earth’ is unlike anything else in movies.” Jim Hoberman, Vienna International Film Festival

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Historical Walk Sunday 26th July. 12PM Assemble at Skibbereen Court House. ¤3 Join our amazing local historian Philip O’ Regan on this fascinating and eye-opening historical walking tour of our town. Discover the hidden Skibbereen where the streets, buildings and lanes have direct links with the Great Famine.

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Artists’ Books Workshop with Andi McGarry Sun 26th July. 11.30-4.30PM Old Print Room, Southern Star. ¤30 In this workshop, participants learn through seeing and making visual books, artists’ books, unique and one of a kind pieces. Participants are walked through simple binding methods and attempt to capture basic narratives in book form. The accent is on making and doing. There is an opportunity to experiment with a number of print mediums including mono-printing. A selection of artists’ books from the Wexford Artist’s Book Collection will be on hand to help inspire.

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It’s That Time Again Mad Pride, Ireland’s Free Family Fun Day returns to Skibbereen Arts Festival. Once again we’ll be bringing with us a host of musicians, circus performers, puppeteers, arts and crafts facilitators, balloon modellers, face painters and our artisan food producers. So if you want a fun day out why not come down to the park and get involved in all the fun and activity!

Sunday 26th July. 8.30PM

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Tonight we are very excited to present what we think is the first ever concert at Skibbereen Courthouse. Designed by renowned architect George Pain and built in 1829 it has been a host to thousands of trials and tribulations for almost 200 years but tonight it’s time for something completely different.

RiZA is the latest project by the dynamic Congolese guitarist/ singer Niwel Tsumbu. After a decade in Ireland, Tsumbu is well known for his versatility, virtuosity and unique brand of music having played and collaborated with the likes of Sinead O’Conor, Glen Hansard, Liam O’Maonlai, Baaba Maal, Donal Lunny, Donal Dineen and many more. RiZA features Niwel’s long-time collaborator Eamonn Cagney (of Treelan) on percussion, Emma Garnett (Feather) and Sallay Garnett (Loah) on vocals, and Paddy Groenland (Ensemble Ériu, Manden Express) on guitar. Their debut album is due later this year.

RiZA is a celebration of life and an exploration of space, weaving the rich tapestry of African rhythms with contemporary pop music’s harmony and composition, and drawing inspiration from our solar system and the Space Time continuum.


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Oscar nominated Irish animation Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.

Song of the Sea’s voice cast features an impressive who’s who of Irish talent, including Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan and Moone Boy’s David Rawle. Joining them are singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan and actor/comedians Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny.

Song of the Sea is the second Oscar® nominated film from Cartoon Saloon and director Tomm Moore.

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A cafe based, dance filled, slightly surreal show, where people are doing what they probably shouldn’t.

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