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Local Bands Launch Autumn Events at the
Members of the finest bands in Strabane came together this week with the Chairman of Strabane District Council Dan Kelly to launch the new Autumn Events guide in the Alley Theatre.
A special concert featuring Tokyo Empire, White Male Actors, Freak’s and Those Ghosts will be one of the first events in the Autumn season. Music is top on the bill this autumn with concerts from Declan O’Rourke, The Ulster Orchestra, The Logues and Jazz Gazette. There is plenty of country from Irelands very own Garth Books – Jason Hughes, Richie Remo, Gloria and John McNicholl.
With over 40 performances, workshops and exhibitions it is a packed programme of events and opens with Vintage Tea Dances. Over the past couple of weeks older people have been dancing away in a number of workshops and now it is time for them to come together in two special evenings of dance. Everyone is welcome to come and take part.
Northern Irelands answer to Kevin Bridges – Micky Bartlett is starting off the comedy this season as he makes his debut in Strabane this September. Our autumn season would not be complete without the brilliant Conal Gallen and he is back with two shows! The funniest man in Ireland will be here with his stand up show ‘A Laugh and A Half’ and his side splitting funny comedy ‘A Bit on the Side’ .
A comedy drama set in a run-down Golf Club ‘Your Honour, Your Honour’ tells the story of Judge Doe, with more secrets than James Bond. Featuring murder, mayhem and madness from the writers of ‘Two Little Boys’ and ‘True Colours’. Patrick Kavanagh brings his finest work in November with The Great Hunger, receiving standing ovations this drama tells the story of a farmer who finds himself lost when his mother dies when he is 65 with no wife or family of his own. Hilarious comedy ‘Book Worms’ by Puddle Alley Theatre Group looks at the trials and tribulations of one family in post Celtic Tiger Ireland as they hold their local Book Club. This is followed by the very funny ‘The Holy, Holy Bus’. Follow the story of the female faithful as they take their annual pilgrimage from West Belfast to tour the holy sites of Ireland. It is sure to have you laughing, praying and shedding a few tears.
The Alley Theatre is delighted to be part of some wonderful festival this years including Culture Night which will be bringing lots of fantastic FREE events around the district, ‘The Johnny Crampsie Festival’ which the Alley will host CRAIC in Concert and Tangled Roots and the Flann O’Brien Literary Festival. As part of the Flann O’Brien Literary Festival we are delighted to be having a dram by Val O’Donnell ‘Thirst’ which was written by Flann himself.
If its fun entertainment you are after then look no further as we have a wide range of events including, the Diwali Festival, Songs, Games and Dances at the Café de Paris’, An Evening of Living Vintage, Mums to Be, Psychic Medium Claire Ziritt and The Foyle Follies.
A number of creative workshops will be taking place including crochet, jewellery making, creative writing, music and song writing. There will be more fun with the younger ones as there will be a range of Halloween workshops happening over Halloween week.
There will be four beautiful, thought provoking and interesting exhibitions in the award winning Alley Art Gallery every month from now until Christmas including a photographic exhibition from the Northern Ireland Association Photographic Association, original prints from Seacourt Print Workshop. A photographic exhibition form young Roma teenagers living in South Belfast and a documentary photo project entitled ‘Nomad Kyrgyz People on Tien Shan Mountains’
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Culture Night - Friday 19th September
A day/ night of free cultural events
Strabane District Council is calling upon all arts organisations, venues, crafters, shops, bars and restaurants to be part of Culture Night 2014.
On Friday 19th September 2014, in more than 34 towns, cities and counties across the island of Ireland, will programme a variety of cultural and artistic events in celebration of Culture Night 2014, a late-night of free culture for people of all ages.
Organisers, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, state what began as small scale Culture Night in the Temple Bar area in 2006 has become a country wide event allowing all sorts of places to come alive with a rich cultural offering of electric atmosphere, colour, music, performance and workshops. Culture Night provides people with an opportunity to reacquaint or introduce themselves to a vast and rich cultural offering and a platform to celebrate distinct cultural and creative resources.
Culture Night is for everyone to enjoy, this year Strabane will be joining Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Omagh, Armagh, Lisburn and many other cities across the North in hub of activity. Over the past three years a range of events have taken place in Newtownstewart, Castlederg/Killeter, Plumbridge, Sion Mills, Strabane Town, Donemana, Bready and Glenmornan with a clear focus on family –friendly events which has succeeded in attracting people of all ages and backgrounds.
Chairman of Strabane District Council, Councillor Dan Kelly commented ‘We plan to build on the opportunities that Culture Night can bring to the Strabane District and are looking to involve local arts, culture, heritage and all areas of the larger community such as local clubs, schools, as well as retail spaces and arts and cultural centres/organisations in the area. Culture Night is an excellent opportunity to stage a wonderful event and at the same time reach new audiences, raise your public profile and expand your network. Culture Night is fun so now is the time for Strabane District to pull out all the stops and produce an unforgettable and unique evening of FREE cultural experiences for all to enjoy. Examples of past events have included photo exhibitions, cultural gatherings, drama, visual arts, live music, dancing, workshops, poetry readings plus much more. Culture Night is a way for us to come together, collaborate and promote Strabane District arts and culture in all its forms.’
Now is the time to start thinking and planning activities for Culture Night 2014. If you have an exciting idea or would like to get involved in Strabane District Culture Night contact Jacqui Doherty in the Alley Theatre on: 02871884760 or email email@example.com.