We regret to say that it is with a heavy heart that we are cancelling the planned 2020 Shorelines Arts Festival in September. Consideration was given to alternative dates and venues, deliberation was undertaken on the logistics and protocols to ensure public safety and eventually the decision to cancel the festival was unanimously taken. We still hope to mark the weekend in a visual way in the community so keep an eye out for additions to the art trail we work on each year.
The committee thanks the hard work and dedication of Joan Gordon and Shane Duffy who stepped aside on committee this year. And a big welcome on board is extended to Anna Geelan and Lisa Keane.
So to all our friends, sponsors, audiences and followers as well as our performers and venue providers, stay safe and well and let’s all mind each other so we can celebrate together in September 2021.
Following on from our most successful festival to date, we are pleased to announce the dates for the 2020 festival, our 13th. It will take place from 17-20 September, 2020 and promises to be another feast of the arts across multiple strands. Preparations are already well underway with the initial ideas and plans for the 2020 programme being discussed by the team. Check back here over the coming weeks and months for further updates.
With the 12th Shorelines Arts Festival in the rearview mirror, the 2nd season of Shorelines Film Nights returns on Tuesday, 8th October with the screening of Wild Rose. The film tells the story of Rose, a single mother of two, fresh out of jail, whose dream is to leave Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. We return to our usual venue of The Dock at The Boathouse Bar and, as last year, the season will run for 6 months with monthly screenings of a variety of interesting, contemporary films from a variety of countries. Each film will commence at 8 PM and admission remains €5 at the door. We look forward to seeing you there!
He was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 for his debut, The Spinning Heart, and again in 2018, for his fourth novel, From A Low And Quiet Sea. His work has been adapted for stage and screen and translated into over twenty languages. The Spinning Heart was voted Irish Book of the Decade in 2016 in a nationwide poll run by Dublin Book Festival. His sixth book, Strange Flowers, will be published worldwide in Spring 2020. Donal lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.
The glorious river Shannon will provide a picturesque backdrop for ‘Folk on the Boat’ on Sunday afternoon, on board the Ku-Ee-Tu. Join us for 90 minutes on this river cruise with recitals of spoken word by Geraldine Mitchell and music by the U.S. group Betty & the Baby Boomers. Sheer bliss on the water, what better way to spend your Sunday afternoon?
Shorelines will welcome their first harpsichord to the Festival this weekend in a special performance by Ensemble Revelare on Sunday at 6pm at Christ Church. This performance will take you on a musical tour of the 16th century and feature soprano Aisling Kenny. The programme includes Telemann, Bach, Handel and Purcell in this hour of song and music on period instruments such as the recorder, the harpsichord and the cello.
Some events have sold out and tickets are limited, check availability at ShorelinesArtsFestival.com #ShorelinesArts
As expected, the Scullion concert in Christ Church on Friday, 20 September @ 8pm is now SOLD OUT. As one of the headline events at Shorelines 2019, the highly anticipated concert has sold out well in advance. Tickets for all other events continue to sell quickly. To avoid disappointment secure your tickets for these remaining events as soon as possible.
As expected, the ZoMoDo concert in Christ Church on Saturday, 21 @ 8.30pm is now SOLD OUT. As one of the headline events at Shorelines 2019, the highly anticipated concert has sold out in just over 72 hours after going on sale. Tickets for all other events are also selling quickly. To avoid disappointment secure your tickets for these events as soon as possible.
We are pleased to announce that from 11am today, 28 August, tickets are available via either the Shorelines Box Office at the Town Hall, Portumna or via our website. As seating is limited at many events it is recommended to get your tickets early for all events requiring them. Check out the printed brochure or the website for details of ticket prices for each event.
The Shorelines 2019 Brochure is now available to view online here and also in printed form from various shops/businesses/outlets and other locations in Portumna, its environs and beyond. Be sure to check it out for events that may be of interest to you within its exciting and varied programme of music, literary, drama, visual arts and family events and much more. Tickets for all events go on sale (where there is an admission fee - remember that many events are free!) from August 28th both online here and also from the new Shorelines Box Office located at the Town Hall in Portumna.
Shorelines Arts Festival announces their Festival programme for 2019. It features a sensational programme of theatre, music, literature, film and visual art in addition to a series of family-friendly events and a wonderful schools programme. The Festival runs from 19 – 22 September in Portumna, Co. Galway and over the years it has grown in size and in reputation featuring many exciting and unique events in the Irish Festival calendar.
Festival Director Noelle Lynskey, is excited to reveal this year’s programme. “Our 2019 programme is full of all that is excellent in the Irish arts scene as well as the visit of international performers plus collaborative projects supported by many partners that includes our community, local schools and artists.”
Theatre programme highlights include ‘Before’ by Fishamble: The new Play company, written and performed by Pat Kinevane, winner of Herald Archangel Award 2019 Edinburgh, ‘Arán agus Im’ with Manchán Magan featuring insights into the wonders of the Irish language food and local Irish food, with freshly baked sourdough and delicious butter churned by the audience. ‘Wingin’ It’ features a cast of seasoned performers from across Ireland for an unforgettable night of improvisation led by suggestions from the audience. Peter Duffy presents ‘The Great Hunger’ by Patrick Kavanagh. Branar Téatar do Pháistí presents their first music show for children and families ‘Rockin’ Rhymes’ featuring original songs based on well-loved nursery rhymes.
Literary events feature writers Brian Leydon, Thomas McCarthy, Tony Walsh, Nicole Flattery, Tony Walsh, One Man’s Way Home: Mark Boyle in conversation with Manchán Magan. Mark Boyle dared to press pause on technology by turning off his phone, laptop and electricity to live on his own terms. Younger audiences shouldn’t miss ‘Bumpfizzle’ with Patricia Forde and ‘Surge – A Spoken Word Showcase with Colm Keegan’ part of Galway 2020 Small Towns, Big Ideas series. Laureate na nÓg in association with Shorelines presents ‘We are The Poets’ with Sarah Crossan who is on a mission to take poetry beyond the classroom. The annual Nicholas Treacy memorial recitation competition also returns in 2019.
Musical highlights include the iconic band Scullion and the contemporary sound of ZoDoMo (Máirtín O’Connor, Zoe Conway and Donal Lunny), Galway’s ConTempo Quartet, an entertaining cruise on Lough Derg for ‘Folk on a Boat’ with Grainne Hunt, U.S. folk group ‘Betty and the Baby Boomers’. ‘Bone Road a journey in words and music’ with Geraldine Mills and Tommy Hayes, ‘Ensemble Revelare - Baroque Foursome’ plus Shorelines Mass with Tribetones featuring a performance from Ultan Conlon.
The Visual Arts Programme features a diverse range of artists working across many different mediums with the annual Shorelines Art Exhibition running for two weeks at the Gallery at the Workhouse and the students at Portumna Community School showcasing their work on school walls.
Margaret Hickey co-ordinates the Visual Arts programme for Shorelines which will feature work by local and invited artists including paintings, prints, photography and 3-dimensional art. “Our 2019 show promises to be more varied and bigger than ever before, with some very distinguished artists contributing. We are very proud of the huge range of high-quality work that people have come to expect from the Shorelines Art Exhibition and are sure there will be something for everyone's taste and budget.” The art exhibition, which runs daily from 9th - 22nd September, will include prints and paintings from Mary O'Connor, landscapes from Merrily Harpur, art with pop influences from Debbie Chapman, prints, watercolours and paintings from Judy Powell, paintings evocative of Celtic mythology and fairy tale from Ann McKenna and soft, richly-coloured paintings from Eibhilinn Crossan. Lisa Griffin's photographs feature images that are theatrically staged. In addition, Janice Gilmore will show her embroidered jewellery and Jane Seymour will exhibit her smoke-fired ceramic vessels. Siobhan Bulfin is a sculptor who specialises in equestrian sculptures, often life-sized and cast in bronze. There will be a time-lapsed film of the artist constructing a life-sized horse from scratch.
Photographic Exhibition Highlights include the premiere of a new exhibition which centres on the simple bicycle by Joe O'Shaughnessy. The international award-winning and much-loved Galway photographer presents his first ever exhibition at Shorelines. Joe is a staff photographer with The Connacht Tribune since 1980 and a regular contributor to the Irish Times. Also this year, Portumna Mart celebrates 50 years with an exhibition featuring the work of five local photographers Jim Hynes, Brendan Hoary, Michael Molamphy, Joshua St John and Kerry Kissane capturing the people, animals and dynamics of a day at the mart. Portumna Camera Club will address the urgent need to celebrate the beauty of our planet, while simultaneously highlighting the vulnerabilities and risks associated with climate change in ‘Nothing Is Ever Still’. The unique ’Double Take’ Exhibition features an outdoor photographic interpretation by local photographers in response to well-known portraits.
Other highlights include an exciting new sculpture by Donnacha Cahill which will find a permanent home in Portumna at the start of the Festival. The piece acknowledges the creativity of the festival and the spirit of the town and its environs. Aideen Monaghan's cubes, which were commissioned for the Festival’s 10th anniversary will also be on display in addition to the specially-commissioned bench by sculptor Tommie Cragg. Ciaron Tuohy's marvellous and moving exhibition of sculpture inspired by the Famine will be on display in the Workhouse and Red, a display of work by Feltmakers Ireland, will be on view in the Castle exhibition space.
Shorelines Film highlights include screenings of shorts and full-length award-winning documentaries including ‘The Silver Branch’ which features an Irish farmer/ poet who must stand up for all that is sacred to him when the government threatens his way of life. ‘The Camino Voyage’ which follows the inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain, featuring music by Glen Hansard and ‘Cumar’ follows Galway-based artists Máirtín O’Connor, Mike McCormack, Rita Ann Higgins, Noeline Kavanagh, Róisín Seoighe, Pádraic Reaney and Tommy Tiernan.
Family events include a Selfie Hunt, Púca Puppets, The Science of Dragons and the Science of Slime with Scientific Sue, A Journey through space with Trish Forde and Tarsila Kruse and a screening of the magical fantasy film ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’.
There will also be an action-packed Festival Schools Programme which will highlight the artistic talents of students by showcasing their achievements and facilitating school visits by professional guest artists including artist Jennifer Cunningham, performance poet Tony Walsh and ceramics artists Jessica Canning and Angela O’Toole.
Shorelines Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland with individual events supported by Galway 2020, Creative Ireland, the County Galway Arts Office, Laureate na nÓg, Culture Night 2019, Bank of Ireland, Waterways and Athenry Credit Union as well as local Portumna businesses.
Full programme will be available online from 28 August at ShorelinesArtsFestival.com
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Festival Website: www.shorelinesartsfestival.comPhotographic Exhibition Highlights include the premiere of a new exhibition which centres on the simple bicycle by Joe O’Shaughnessy.