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Culture Night Sligo 2017

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The 8th annual Culture Night Sligo takes place on Friday 22nd September. Arts organisations will open their doors until late with free events, workshops and performances.

There are 29 free events taking place in 23 venues across Sligo town and County showcasing the best of what the county has to offer, with something for everyone.

Fresh off the press, the 2017 programme is available across County Sligo in venues, cafes and shops, so make sure to pick up your copy. This years programme is coordinated by The Model on behalf of Culture Night Sligo partners, Sligo County Council Arts Service, the Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and Sligo Youth Theatre.

Family Events

Kicking off on Friday morning at 9.30am in Ballymote Library, Artist Wayne O’Connor will host workshops with local Primary Schools under the Primary Colours Programme. From 2pm in Sligo town BiG Street PLaY welcomes young and old to join in playing some of our favourite old time street games, accompanied by street rhymes and songs.

Moving indoors at 3 pm and again at 4.30 in The Model, Monsieur Gusto’s large scale theatrical show Hanging About is sure to enthral children of all ages. Early years are also catered for at The Hawks Well Theatre with The Shape of Things, an interactive story told through puppetry, object theatre, music and sound at 3 pm and 4.15 pm.

All Ages

New for Culture Night is Sligo Shelly Streets Parklet! During Culture Night this miniature ephemeral park will be home to an art exhibition and lots more and invites one and all to enjoy the space from 5 pm to 10 pm.

Children and adults are welcome to make sculptures in clay under the tuition of artist Bettina Seitz in Connollys Pub and model making for all the family in The Swagman between 4.30 and 5.30 pm as part of ‘Pub Culture.’ Sculpture workshops will also take place with Bettina Seitz in The Factory performance space from 6-7pm and 8-9pm.

Aerial – Capoeira – Dance - Drawing & Yoga workshops for all ages and abilities will take place in the Nest from 6 – 9pm. Or you can take part in a live art experience creating your own unique print in the Gallery Café with Pulled Screen Print from 7 – 9pm.

As Gaeilge

A number of Irish language events are also taking place. You can hear Yeats read in Irish and other languages in the Yeats Memorial Building at 4pm Sharp. The Model Cinema will host a special Irish language screening of Amhrán na Mara (Song of The Sea) at 6 pm followed by Cupán & Comhrá with the musician, Rossa Ó Snodaigh in the Model Café.  Over at the Hawk Well Theatre at 8pm Aoife Porter will host an Irish language book club, join her for a glass of wine and a chat about Aiseirí le Alex Hijmans.   

Visual Art

Visual art is a plenty on Culture Night with exhibitions spanning drawing, painting, sculpture and video. The Painters Perspective showcases six talented artists’ work in Lyons Cafe, W.B.’s, Heart’s Desire, Sweet Beat, Kate’s Kitchen and Osta Cafe. An exhibition of charcoal and ink drawings by Sorca O’Farrell and ANAMNESIS works on found paper by Lisa Gingles are on view at the Hamilton Gallery, Castle Street from 10 am - 6pm.

Galleries are open at The Model from 10 am until 10 pm on Culture Night. At 6pm artist Barry McHugh will discuss a film by Oiver Laric, a special tour of Lives, an exhibition exploring the pen and ink drawings and iconic oil paintings of Jack B. Yeats will take place at 7pm and 8pm Suzanne Walshe will create a live, immersive soundscape surrounded by the work of Dutch artists Arno Kramer and Henk Visch.

Artists Andy Parsons, Anna Spearman, Sean Larkin, Ruth Le Gear and Michael Wann will open their studios at The Model from 5pm to 9pm. An exhibition by Michael Wann in the Models Process room titled Artists Select will also be on view.

Gary Reddin will be opening the doors of his studio with 100 commissioned art pieces on display that he has completed in the last 4 years. Jonathan Cassidy invites you to see the process of oil painting in action at his Open Studio, and outside of Sligo town Open House, an exhibition of crafts, highlighting the creativity in a small rural community is open from 5 – 9 pm in Aclare.


Spike Sligo perform  ‘Can I wear sandals to a funeral?’ in Hearts Desire Barista Bar at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Sligo Youth Theatre perform Away With The Fairies at The Factory with shows at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London adapted for the stage by Phelim Drew, will be performed by CMD talent at The Hawks Well at 8pm and Blue Raincoat Offsite presents A Play, A Piece of Monologue and Footfalls by Samuel Beckett at the Old Saehan Factory, Hazelwood House with 30 Free tickets available for Culture Night. (Book: 071 917 0431)

Seisiún Oidhreachta in Haydens Pub Ballymote from 9 pm will feature the cultural heritage of South Sligo music with musicians from C.C.E Paddy Killoran. And to finish off a great Culture night Earl Okin, one of the world’s finest songwriters, jazz singers and comedians will perform his blend of comedy and music at The Hawks Well at 10pm. Having performed more ‘encores’ than just about anyone around what better way to wrap up culture night Sligo 2017!

The vast art space at the former Saehan factory at Hazelwood House. Photo: Beckett plays for Hazelwood

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The setting will be unusual when three short plays by Samuel Beckett are staged in Sligo for 10 nights.

Beckett Hazelwood, presented by the Blue Raincoat theatre company, takes place from Thursday in the former Saehan factory, a long-abandoned warehouse space, in the grounds of Hazelwood House on the shores of Lough Gill.

Marese McDonagh writing in The Irish Times reports that the three plays which will be presented in different parts of the factory are A Piece of Monologue, Play and Footfalls.

Niall Henry, artistic director with the Sligo-based company said that each night an audience of 80 will be taken on a “physical and theatrical journey” .

“The location opens up such amazing possibilities for these great plays,” he said. “The performance area is an old derelict factory. It is the biggest industrial building of its type in the north west, covering an area of nine acres”.

Henry said the audience will start their theatrical journey when they arrive in the car park dominated by Hazelwood House on one side, and the forest immortalised by WB Yeats on the other, before being guided through the cavernous dimly-lit building.

Hazelwood House, which was built in the early 1700s, was designed by Richard Cassells who also designed Leinster House and Powercourt House.

In 2015, it was bought by David and Sue Raethorne who intend to establish a whiskey distillery and exhibition space in the former factory, while long term plans include the restoration of the house.

Jean Butler and Niall Martin 'this is in an Irish dance' for Sligo

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Following sell-out performances in the US and shows in both Dublin and Limerick, the critically acclaimed 'this is an Irish dance' is coming to Sligo!

Choreographed by world renowned dancer and choreographer Jean Butler and composed by Belfast-born composer and musician Neil Martin, this duet for dancer and cellist will be reimagined for two special performances in the Models East Gallery, on Sunday 1st October at 5pm & 7pm.

The performances are part of a new series of music curated by composer and musician Emer Mayock, which will run throughout autumn and winter 2017 at the Model. Speaking ahead of the event curator Emer Mayock said “It is a pleasure to present the work of dancer Jean Butler and musician Neil Martin in two specially re-imagined performances of this is in an Irish dance in the intimacy of the east gallery at The Model.

Butler’s duet, this is an Irish dance, created with cellist Neil Martin is illustrative of the core idea of the Undercurrents series- the contrasting means by which artists interpret, compose and improvise with traditional and folk as the leading influence.

This is a unique opportunity to experience the dialogue between music and movement, dancer and musician, the contemporary and traditional, the dancer and the dance.”

The Undercurrents series aims to shine a light on the diverse means by which artists take this path of reinterpretation, infusing knowledge, influence and creative imagination. The series features a distinct range of contemporary folk artists each exploring their contrasting influences and approaches to song, dance or music; while also challenging audiences’ perceptions of the genre. Further nights confirmed include Jazz pianist Francesco Turrisi with traditional singer Róisín Elsafty and special guest Emer Mayock on Fri 10 Nov and Dublin Folk Miscreants Lankum who will perform at The Model on Sat. 02 Dec. at 8pm.

Tickets available at The Model and online:
New season of films opens at The Model

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The Model welcomes back Sligo Film Society after their summer break for a new season of international and independent film for the autumn / winter months. Screening every Thursday at 8pm in The Model Cinema, the new programme packs in fourteen titles from nine different countries covering comedy, thrillers, war, period dramas and experimental works.

The season opened on 14 September with some black comedy from Sweden; the Scandinavians have proven adept over the years at funny cantankerous elder citizens and in A Man Called Ove our title character spins a darkly feel-good tale in his attempts to deal with the loss of his wife. Bookending the season is another comedy, The Midwife a tender affair from France which unites two of the country’s favourite actresses Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot.

In between, there is very much a Gallic flavour to this season with French films featuring heavily; the Isabelle Huppert starring Elle is the first of these, she gives a towering performance in Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven’s dark psycho-drama. There follows The White Knights, a true story of French aid workers in West Sudan who plotted to smuggle orphans to pre-paid adoptive parents; the political thriller Scribe is a tense affair that delves into the murky world of surveillance and the aforementioned The Midwife.

There is also a literary thread running through the programme, with the biopic of Emily Dickenson A Quiet Passion a highlight, the film was lauded for director Terence Davies’ moving account of the deeply reclusive poet; changing gear completely is Neruda, a free-wheeling suspense caper taking a year in the life of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda when he went on the run and fled his native Chile. Staying in the South American country is Endless Poetry the autobiographical adventure from the surrealist master, Alejandro Jodorowsky. The octogenarian auteur has not lost any of his creative spark and this familial drama is energetic and a visually vibrant experience.

Further highlights come in the shape of The Salesman which took the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film and is a taut drama set in Iran exploring the moral questions a couple face after a sudden violent act occurs in their apartment; another award winner to feature is Insyriated which took the audience prize at Berlinale 2017, and tackles the Syrian conflict from the point of view of a group of tenants barricaded inside their besieged apartment block over the course of 24 hours.

The season runs between September and December, full details of each film in the programme can be viewed on The Model website or by picking up the Sligo Film Society brochure. The Model Café will be open late on cinema nights and launches a pre-show tapas menu from inhouse chef Juan Herbi. A selection of tea, coffee, cakes and wine will also be served prior to each screening.

A Man Called Ove Sponsored by Mullaney’s Solicitors
Director: Hannes Holm Sweden, Norway 2016
116 min Language: Swedish
Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll
2017 Best Foreign Language Film nominee.

This Swedish feelgood comedy-drama tells the story of Ove, an unemployed widower struggling with life since the death of his wife. A string of suicide attempts are thwarted by comically mundane interruptions which introduce him to new neighbour Parvaneh and her two engaging children. Darkly comic but sensitively told, with a remarkable lead performance.




Graduation (Bacalaureat)
Dir: Cristian Mungiu Romania, France, Belgium, 2016
128 mins Language: Romanian
Cast: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus.

A Romanian physician lives with his wife and teenage daughter Eliza. On the eve of her final school exams, Eliza is assaulted, jeopardizing her scholarship to study Psychology at a prestigious University in England. Her father has to call on a system of ‘favours’ to help solve the situation, exposing his family to a web of dishonesty and moral compromise.



Elle Sponsored by Mullaney’s Solicitors
Dir: Paul Verhoeven France, Germany 2016
131 min Language: French
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte.

Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) the single-minded director of a successful videogame company is violently attacked by a masked intruder in her home. Instead of calling the police, she moves on matter-of-factly with her busy life. However when the rapist starts to send her anonymous texts Michèle decides to take matters into her own hands. Golden Globe 2017 – Best Actress Isabelle Huppert



The Salesman Sponsored by Sweet Beat Cafe
Dir: Asghar Farhadi 125 minutes, Iran, France, 2016
Language: Persian
Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi
Best foreign language film winner at the 2017 Oscars.

The Salesman is a characteristically taut drama from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) exploring the moral questions that face a seemingly happily- married couple following a sudden violent act at the apartment they are temporarily residing in.


Lady Macbeth Sponsored by EBS
Dir: William Oldroyd UK 2016 89 mins
Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank 
Language: English


Rural England, 1865. Sold into a loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, Katherine (Florence Pugh) embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate. This unleashes a force inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.


The White Knights
Dir: Joachim Lafosse 113min, Belgium,France, 2015 
Language: French
Cast: Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli


Based on the true story of French aid workers plotting to smuggle West Sudan orphans to pre-paid adoptive parents in France, Joachim Lafosse provocative procedural drama portrays good intentions gone awry. Impressively building emotional tension alongside moral ambiguity, The White Knights unravels within an impossible situation. Presented with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.


A Quiet Passion Sponsored by Tir Na N’og
Dir: Terence Davies 125 min, UK, Belgium, 2016
Language: English
Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff


Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this luminous biopic from director Terence Davis. Leading a deeply introverted existence it is Emily’s encounters with her mother, father and sister that provide the hinge around which the film is structured. Davies has created an extraordinarily moving account of a recluse. You will see no more beautiful a film this year.



Land of Mine Sponsored by Cosgrove Delicatessan
Dir: Martin Zandvliet 100 min, Denmark, Germany, 2015.
Cast: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman
Language: Danish, German


As German occupation of Denmark ends, a group of young POW’s are assigned to neutralize and remove 45,000 landmines the Nazis planted in return for being granted their freedom. Based on true events, this is a tense look at the inhumanity of war and how people can find our way back from it.


Neruda Sponsored by Rhatigan Architects
Dir: Pablo Larrain Chile/Argentina/France 2016, 107 min.
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Moran
Language: Spanish, French


Pablo Neruda is well known for his sublime love poems, but this film brings to the foreground Neruda’s political poetry. Presented as an elegant, poetic thriller, by eschewing traditional storytelling techniques, the film draws upon fact and fantasy, and is thus able to explore creatively the diverse legacy of Pablo Neruda.


Scribe Sponsored by The Cat and the Moon
Dir: Thomas Kruithof Belgium, France 2016, 91 min 
Language: French
Cast: François Cluzet, Denis Podalydès, Sami Bouajila


Duval (François Cluzet of The Intouchables fame) is a recovering alcoholic struggling to find a job. One day, the mysterious Clement (Denis Podalydès) offers him a job transcribing tape recordings. After taking up the unusual offer, Duval finds himself embroiled in a shadowy world of paranoia, political scandal and violence.


Endless Poetry Sponsored by Bookmart
Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky Chile, France 2016, 128 mins 
Language: Spanish
Cast: Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Brontis Jodorowsky, Lenadro Taub, Alejandro Jodorowsky


In 1940s Santiago de Chile, 20-year-old Alejandro Jodorowsky vows to become a poet against the will of his disciplinarian father. Leaving home, he is immersed in a spectacular world of poetic and artistic experimentation. Endless Poetry is an autobiographical portrayal of creative exuberance told through Jodorowsky’s dreamlike, kaleidoscopic visual language.


Dir: Philippe Van Leeuw 85 mins, Belgium, 2016
Languge: Arabic
Cast: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas


Set over 24 hours in a besieged Damascus apartment, the remaining tenants headed by Oum (Abbass), have baracaded themselves inside as they await the return of her husband. As the hours pass the external threats creep closer and internal recriminations and panic escalate.


Suntan Sponsored by Hargadon’s Bar
Dir: Argyris Papadimitropoulos Greece/Germany 2017, 104 min 
Language: Greek, English, Contains flashing sequences
Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Dimi Hart


Forty-something Dr Kostis arrives on the holiday resort island of Antiparos and becomes increasingly obsessed with a group of hedonistic young tourists. They are beautiful and cruel to him, toying with his emotional and sexual needs as Kostis is drawn into the clubs on
warm summer nights, desperately looking for some kind of love, at any cost.


The Midwife Sponsored by Sullivan’s Bar
Dir: Martin Provost 117 min, France, 2017 
Language: French
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet


Provost (Violette, Seraphine) unites two of Frances favourite actors in this tender comedy drama about rediscovery and female friendship. Claire (Frot) is the conscientious midwife of the title, a single mother living a muted life. Until one day Beatrice (Deneuve), her father’s care-free ex girlfriend makes contact, bringing chaos, joy and memories of happier times.