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Calling Kitchen Heroes! Home cooking with TV presenter Donal Skehan

As we reach the final of the Great British Bake Off on BBC1 tonight (who are you rooting for? It’ll be a close thing between Richard and Luis) we’re well aware that you may be going into home cooking withdrawal.  But don’t despair as we have live cooking on stage from Ireland’s very own Kitchen Hero Donal Skehan!

Donal, presenter of BBC’s Junior Masterchef, brings his Kitchen Hero Two – The Home Cooked Tour to An Grianán on Sun 16 November.

Last year Donal was the first ever Irish chef to tour a ”live” cookery show around Ireland. He enjoyed himself so much he has decided to do it again and we’re delighted that he’s made it to Donegal this time around.

His Kitchen Hero Two Tour will see him cook up delicious, everyday, simple Home Cooked meals live on stage, with lots of fun, loads of food and lashings of audience participation!

After the show there will be a chance to meet Donal who’ll be signing books, fielding questions and taking the ‘odd selfie or two’.

At the tender age of  25, Donal has already written three cookbooks, Good Mood Food (Mercier Press, 2009), Kitchen Hero: Bringing Cooking Back Home (Harper Collins, 2011), and Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less (Harper Collins 2012). As well as Junior Masterchef he is the presenter of two RTE series airing this year – Rediscovering the Irish Kitchen and Donal’s Irish Feast.

A selection of recipes to be found on Donal Skehan's website. See him cook live on stage in An Grianán this November.

A selection of recipes to be found on Donal Skehan’s website. See him cook live on stage in An Grianán this November. Clockwise from top left: Snickers Ice-Cream Cake, Braised Rabbit Pie, Roast Lamb with Wild Garlic Pesto, Lettuce and Peas, Semlor (Swedish Cream Buns)

He has been cooking from the age of four when he flipped his first pancake and has been in the kitchen ever since! Inspired by a family of passionate foodies, his parents run a food production company, and cooking and eating hearty home cooked food has always been a way of life. Donal is also an accomplished food photographer and his photography skills have been put to good use as he photographs all his own food images for his blog and books.

In 2007 Donal started his own food blog, where he writes about his food adventures and recipes.  After only 6 months blogging he was approached by Irish Publishing house, Mercier Press to write a cookbook based around the recipes on the blog.

Good Mood Food was released in October 2009 and received fantastic reviews from editor of Food & Wine magazine, – Ross Golden-Bannon – “Good Mood Food is a new breed of cookbook that springs from the talent of a passionate home cook. A truly scrumptious read.”, Paulo Tulio – “At last… Simple, easy recipes that are healthy and interesting. Donal Skehan’s book reclaims good food from the convenience of supermarket shelves and puts it back where it belongs – in the domestic kitchen.” and RTE.ie, described him as “Ireland’s answer to Jamie Oliver”.

Follow Donal on twitter for recipes ideas, videos and more.

Donal Skehan: Kitchen Hero Two – The Home Cooked Tour, Sun 16 Nov at 4pm. Tickets: €20 Book now!

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Ballet Ireland present Swan Lake

Is there any ballet more beloved and enduring than Swan Lake? Arguably the most romantic of classical ballets with its beautiful swan maidens and tragic lovers Odette and Prince Seigfried, you really can’t say you’ve experienced ballet properly if you haven’t seen Swan Lake.

This is the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who by day is turned into a swan by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the Lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls in love with her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell…?

This majestic story of love and tragedy, good and evil has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877.

This autumn our national ballet will present 25 leading professional dancers from Ireland and abroad in this breath-taking production which was loved by audiences and critics when last produced by Ballet Ireland and we are thrilled to have it back this November.

Swan Lake will always be very dear to An Grianán as it was Ballet Ireland’s first ever performance with us way back in 2001.

Jane Magan in Ballet Ireland's Swan Lake 2014 Photo Ros Kavanagh

Jane Magan in Ballet Ireland’s Swan Lake 2014 Photo Ros Kavanagh

‘Perfectly formed and translucent production of the romantic classic’ The Irish Times

‘Moving production…beautifully choreographed’ The Sunday Business Post

‘exuberant and beautiful production’ Irish Mail on Sunday

Dancers: Clare Bassett,  Richard Bermange, Niklas Blomqvist, Katie Deacon, Hélène Douesnard, Haruka Fukumizu, Chris Furlong, Céline Le Grelle, Suzy Halstead, Garance Hurfin,  Jason Inniss, Maria Ledesma, James Löffler, Paul Oliver, Kesi Olley-Dorey, Diarmaid O’Meara, Angela Revie, Michael Revie, Steffi Thomas, Sayako Tomiyoshi, Ryoko Yagyu
Apprentices: Kate Haughton, Aisling Kennedy

Swan Lake – Sat 8 Nov 2014 Book now!

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Final Donegal dates: Last chance to see Frank Pig Says Hello this week.

Our latest touring production, the Pat McCabe classic Frank Pig Says Hello, returns to its home county for its final performances after its very successful tour of Ireland. The play has been receiving a great reception from audiences around the country with plenty of standing ovations and praise for its two actors, Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty and Stefan Dunbar from Fermanagh, both of whom are making their professional stage debuts.

“Outstanding – Theatre the way it should be” Dan Gordon

Our final Donegal dates are:

Wed 1 Oct: Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon Box Office 071 9851375

Fri 3 Oct: Glenties Community Centre Box Office 071 9851375

Sat 4 Oct:  An Grianán Theatre Box Office 074 9120777

Humorous yet harrowing, Frank Pig Says Hello is a black comedy with an inventive fusion of storytelling and role play which sees the two actors play 30 characters between them. Adapted from Pat McCabe’s acclaimed novel The Butcher Boy, the play is set in 1960s rural Ireland and is a poignant and provocative journey into the heart and mind of Francie Brady, a young man struggling with life.

Check out what audiences have been saying about Frank Pig right here!

 

 

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Declan O’Rourke: New songs for free, and old favourites live.

A decade on from the release of his widely acclaimed debut album Since Kyrabam, Declan O’Rourke comes to An Grianán on the eve of the official ten year anniversary shindig in Dublin’s Vicar St.

Declan will be performing with his full band in An Grianán Theatre on Friday 10 October as he warms up for his big night in Dublin the next day. It’s gonna be a great weekend!

New songs for free!

Declan will be taking a look back at the album which introduced to him audiences world wide as well as presenting some new songs which he has chosen to distribute in a very novel way as he has recently started e-mailing a new song a month to fans on his mailing list:

“It’s kind of experimental, but the goalposts of how music is being distributed out there have moved so much recently, an artist has to shift. So I’m taking the initiative, and I’m going to try connect with the friends I’ve made through my music over the years, and new ones, directly by sending them music every month.”

So fans who have been waiting patiently for a new record since his previous offering Mag Pai Zai in 2011 should do themselves a favour and sign up to his website now. As Declan explains: “It takes a very long time to put out an album, perhaps two or three years when you take into account production, touring and promotion. This is just an alternative avenue to get an album out there and is three times as fast.”

If you’d like to be among the first fans to hear Declan’s newest music just go to www.declanrourke.com and sign up to his mailing list or come to his gig at An Grianán on Fri 10 October and hear it from the man himself.

Originally from Ballyfermot, O’Rourke traces his musical career back to the little Australian town of Kyabram where he lived between the ages of 10 to 14. It was when he was 13 that Declan was given his first guitar by a priest in Kyabram who recognised his potential and love for music; hence the title of his debut album “Since Kyabram“, which was released in October 2004.

The album’s launch took place over three sold-out nights in Whelan’s and was broadcast live on national radio. It included the song Galileo which Paul Weller singled out as the only song from the past 20 years that he wished he had written. Before Weller’s endorsement the song was covered by Eddi Reader on her 2009 album and later that year by Jacqui Dankworth (daughter of the jazz greats Cleo Laine and John Dankworth). American star Josh Groban included it on his multi-million selling album Illuminations.

Ten years on, Declan still has warm affection for the record what launched his career: “It’s a lovely old friend that never lets me down and it travels with me wherever I go. I mean that in a metaphysical sense. It was a milestone in my life to make my first record. Then to be happy with it and have it endure is just icing.”

Declan O’Rourke performs on Fri 10 October 2014 at 8pm. Tickets are €15 or buy four for €50. Book now!

 

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Ephemera an exhibition by Robert Clarke

If we’re being honest we’re a little biased when it comes to our current exhibition as Robert Clarke, in addition to being a hugely talented and experienced fine artist, is also a member of our box office team.

After his previous stint working in An Grianán, Robert went back to college to pursue a Masters in Fine Art in Belfast and this new exhibition is his first solo one in twelve years.

His previous exhibition to this was When Things are Lost or Fall Away at the Hallward Gallery, Dublin in 2002. Having had three previous solo exhibitions in the Hallward prior to this, he decided to take a break in 2003 to complete a Masters at the University of Ulster.

Robert does not use any paint in the traditional sense but rather uses mediums such as shellac, encaustic, metal leaf and various catalysts to allow surfaces to build up organically through processes of corrosion, adding to and removing over time. Tin and muslin are used in place of traditional canvas, copper leaf is allowed to delicately oxidize and corrode, creating works that are times delicate and ephemeral while other pieces are vivid with bold crimsons and teals.

Artworks in progress by Donegal based artist Robert Clarke, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny September October 2014.

Artworks in progress by Donegal based artist Robert Clarke, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny September October 2014.

Fascinated by medieval alchemy and processes of destruction and renewal, Robert is inspired by the landscape around him:

“I use surfaces and materials found within the local rural landscape as the starting point, these abstractions like their subject matter are allowed evolve and change. This physicality is coupled with a long standing interest in alchemical process, how through embracing loss or seeming decay things get torn into separate elements in order to be reformed into something new. As the line weaves and interweaves between the material/spiritual and the visible/invisible these inner landscapes are allowed emerge. We learn through our use of materials or through speeding up the processes of nature, that when all seems lost or ruined we find the true essence, the seeds and smoors that can hasten a cycle of renewal.”

Artwork by Donegal based artist Robert Clarke, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny September October 2014.

Artwork by Donegal based artist Robert Clarke, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny September October 2014.

Based in Newmills, Letterkenny, Robert graduated from the National College of Art in Dublin with a First Class Honours in Fine Art Painting.  He has work in collections including the O.P.W, K.P.M.G, the Contemporary Irish Art Society as well as various private collections. He is currently exploring opportunities to study at PHD level.

Ephemera by Robert Clarke continues until Sat 18 October and is open daily Mon to Fri from 9.30am to 6pm, Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.

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Frank Pig Says Hello: Here’s what audiences have been saying

 

“Congratulations on an absolutely amazing performance of Frank Pig says Hello in Monaghan last night. The interpretation was brilliant. Well done to everybody involved but especially Patrick and Stefan who told it all ‘perfectly’. They are so talented and can only have a great future to look forward to. I work in St Davnet’s complex – ‘The Garage’ so couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. “ Mary McArdle

Our tour of Frank Pig Says Hello continues until Sat 4 October. Check out the tour dates and further info here.

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Exclusive limited performance – Fabulous Beast and Sadler’s Wells present Rian UnPlugged

We are very pleased to welcome, for the first time ever at An Grianán, Ireland’s most acclaimed dance company Fabulous Beast, for a limited, intimate performance of their international hit Rian UnPlugged.

Produced in association with the UK’s Sadler’s Wells,  in Rian UnPlugged, eight hugely talented dancers from around the world share the stage with five of Ireland’s top musicians in a joyful pairing of dance and traditional Irish music.

Rian from Fabulous Beast on Vimeo.

Next week this co-production between two of the world’s top dance companies, Ireland’s Fabulous Beast and the UK’s Sadler’s Wells, will be performed at An Grianán Theatre for one night only on Wed 24 September at 8pm.

This is a rare opportunity to see this popularly acclaimed show and as the company have requested that the audience be seated on the stage close to the performers only 60 tickets have been made available.

Rian UnPlugged is directed and choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan with musical direction from Liam Ó Maonlaí. It is an expressive cultural hybrid, tapping into Irish traditions with influences from faraway places.

Winner of a 2013 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for Outstanding Production, Rian premiered in the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2011. It has toured to the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Italy, USA, Austria, France, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Co-produced by Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and Sadler’s Wells, London, Rian Unplugged at An Grianán Letterkenny Sept 2014

Co-produced by Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and Sadler’s Wells, London, Rian Unplugged at An Grianán Letterkenny Sept 2014

Rian has been seen and loved by more than 40,000 people across the world. This ‘unplugged’ version is performed with a new intimacy, bringing the audience up close to the performance.

Described as “one of the most daring and highly original dance theatre companies in the world,” (Times) Fabulous Beast is an international ensemble based in County Longford, led by artistic director Michael Keegan-Dolan.

Supported by an Arts Council Touring Award.

To find out more or to become one of the lucky 60 people to experience this famous company live call An Grianán Theatre’s box office on 0749120777 or book online now.

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Culture Night – Blue Ribbon says Donegal A-Moooo!

The Blue Ribbon Group will be performing a special Donegal themed concert this Friday night as part our Culture Night events. They’ll be on stage from 7 to 8pm and best of all the show is completely FREE!

DONEGAL A-MOOOO!!

The formidable fun team of Alma Kavanagh, (Principal of St Joseph’s Rathmullan and sister of Donegal’s own Rory Kavanagh) and Brighdín Carr (LurgyBrack NS, Director of Blue Ribbon Arts and admirer of Rory Kavanagh) have done it again!!! Since their ‘Everybody plays for Jimmy’ skit hit webland two years ago, the girls came under pressure to produce another version this time around …however, being proud Donegal fans (and indeed ambassadors) and rebels to the cause, the girls decided NOT to revamp the 2012 PMC Medias hit, but instead re-invented a traditional flavour to the Number One song of that momentous year, Rory and the Island’s ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ as an INSTRUMENTAL skit, which could be sung happily by schoolchildren young and old all over the county in the build-up to the best team in Ireland’s Donegal’s Big Day on Sunday next!

Since their proud sponsorship of the Donegal team in 2010, Donegal Creameries now have an-udder string to add to their County bow, with the surprise and superb talent of their very own mascot, Daisi, who features in Rory’s Granny’s instrumental version of Jimmy’s Winning Matches by the Blue Ribbon Band, and boy does Daisi know how to ‘milk’ the cameras.  Originally a cameo role, Daisi’s deft dance-moooooves prove that the cream really does rise to the top, and it wasn’t long into the Pmc Medias YouTube shoot of Blue Ribbon’s instrumental video before Rory’s musical Granny, Ms Alma Curran (real-life sister of Rory Kavanagh), decided to highlight the ultra-moooosical Daisi and so, a star is born.

Udderly moooodest, Daisi is proud to star in the video, which can be found on Roryand the island’s facebook page, as well as blueribbonarts, pmc medias and Donegal Creameries facebook pages and of course on Youtube by searching ‘Jimmy’s winning matches (Jimstrumental)’  by Rory’s Granny.

The video shoot includes hilarious scenes starring the staff and pupils of Ms Curran’s own school, St Joseph’s NS, Rathmullan, also Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton and pupils from Lurgybrack N.S. Letterkenny, even featuring Lola the dog and children from Lurgybrack Autism Unit. Rory’s Granny whistles her way through the instrumental whilst tackling (and of course levelling!) Kerry Mammy Mary Maguire in Letterkenny Town Park in front of many Blue Ribbon Arts die-hard Donegal fans, dances in the tide at Rathmullan beach and inspires even the Lord Mayor of Rathmullan to join in on the frenzy, not to mention inspiring the children of Blue Ribbon to take to the streets of Falcarragh, and even to invade and transform the soccer territory of Ballybofey’s Finn Park into a Donegal GAA Victory Ground.  Even David Craig (‘Come on Sam Maguire’)  catches the fever and exchanges his guitar for dancing shoes, and not to have the limelight stolen from her, Daisi turns up with Irish Dancer Sophia Whoriskey at Black’s farm to join forces with the almighty Donegal Teddies of Bomany.

RTE’s Lisa McKelvey also features as she interviews Daisy, Rory’s Granny, Blue Ribbon and staff and customers of the newly opened ‘Michael Murphy Sports’ shop for an exclusive slot which will be broadcast in the build-up to the match.
Featuring the music of Jimmy’s Winning Matches written by Rory Gallagher, arranged and played by Brighdín Carr and the Blue Ribbon Band, this youtube video was arranged and directed by Brighdín, recorded by Jason Friel and Ben Carr, produced by Marty Curran of PMC Medias. This ‘Jimstrumental’ is a traditional Celtic take on the vibrancy, craic and energy of Donegal as a county, it’s children, it’s fans, it’s teamwork, and a fine Irish musical tribute to it’s GAA team and Manager, Jim McGuinness.

Rory’s Granny is proud to be back in the limelight following her unbelievable success with Blue Ribon’s ‘Everybody Plays for Jimmy’ in 2012. ‘I think it was my ability to poledance with the Sam Maguire in Voodoo that made our song and YouTube video such a success. Trevor Loughrey and Noel Sweeney (Swilly Drive) were grand, but everyone knows that I was ‘Man of the Match’ that year. Now I’m willing to share my platform with Daisi’.

Daisi the Cow of course has the last word. ‘I will be there on Sunday, in all my glory. I love Mick Mooo-rphy, and you never know, if Donegal’s  Mooo-ya Doherty ever does a revamp of RiverDance, I’m the perfect cow for the job.’

Now come on Donegal, let’s get this party started!!!

The Blue Ribbon Group will be back with us in November with their  country music themed show HonkyTonk Ho! Ho! Hoedown! on Friday 21 and Sat 22 November. More info here.

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Now on tour – Frank Pig Says Hello

Our latest inhouse production is the Pat McCabe classic Frank Pig Says Hello. We opened at the Brian Friel Theatre at Queen’s University, Belfast last weekend and enjoyed standing ovations and great feedback from the audience.

Our tour continued last night in Monaghan in the Garage Theatre, very appropriate as the venue is named after The Butcher Boy, the novel that Frank Pig Says Hello is based on.  In The Butcher Boy, Francie’s mother has a breakdown and he says she has gone into the Garage to get it fixed. (The theatre is located in a disused ward in St Davnet’s Psychiatric Hospital,  Monaghan).

Stefan Dunbar and Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre's Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

Stefan Dunbar and Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre’s Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

First performed in 1992, Frank Pig Says Hello tells the story of a young man’s breakdown in a rural Irish town. Challenging but rewarding, humorous yet harrowing, Frank Pig Says Hello is at times breath taking, often haunting and always hugely entertaining. It features an inventive fusion of storytelling and role play where over 30 characters are played by two versatile actors in a highly theatrical experience that is frequently very funny and occasionally shocking.

Directed by David Grant, it features local actor Patrick McBrearty in his professional stage debut and fellow Central School of Drama graduate Stefan Dunbar. Patrick will be familiar to An Grianán regulars as he made his way through the amateur ranks in productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Philadelphia, Here I Come before moving to London to become a professional actor.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre's Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre’s Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

This is Stefan Dunbar’s first role in an An Grianán production. Stefan comes from an acting background (his uncle is well known theatre and TV actor Adrian Dunbar) and he has appeared in many roles at his local theatre, the Ardhowen in Enniskillen.

We’ll be doing four dates in Donegal staring this Saturday 20 Sept right here in An Grianán, then we’ll be in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on Wed 1 October, Glenties Community Centre on Fri 3 and we have our last night back at An Grianán on Sat 4 October.

Check out this link for a piece about Stefan Dunbar in the Impartial Reporter and here’s a piece by Sean Feeny from Monday’s Donegal News.

Find out more about the production here.

Tour Dates

Sat 20 September at 8pm

Mon 22 September at 11am

Sat 4 October at 8pm

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny

Box Office 074 912 0777

 

Fri 12 and Sat 13 September at 7.30pm,  Tues 23 Sept at 7.30pm

The Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Square, Belfast, BT7 1NN

Booking 028 9097 1382 or studentshows@qub.ac.uk

www.brianfrieltheatre.co.uk

 

Tues 16 September at 8pm

The Garage Theatre, Old Armagh Road, Monaghan

Box Office 047 81597

www.garagetheatre.com

 

Thur 18 September at 8pm

Ardhowen Theatre, 97 Dublin Road, Derrychara, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 6FZ

Box Office 028 663 25440

www.ardhowentheatre.com

 

Wed 24 September at 8.30pm

Backstage Theatre, Farneyhoogan, Longford

Box Office 043 3347888

www.backstage.ie

 

Thur 25 September at 8pm

Market Place Theatre, Market St, Armagh BT61 7BW

Box Office 028 3752 1821

www.marketplacearmagh.com

 

Fri 26 September at 8.30pm

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Box Office 041 9833946

www.droicheadartscentre.com

 

Sat 27 September at 8pm

Roscommon Arts Centre, Circular Rd, Roscommon

Box Office 090 662 5824

www.roscommonartscentre.ie

 

Tues 30 September at 8.30pm

The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Box Office 071 96 50828

www.thedock.ie

 

Thur 2 October at 8pm

The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo

Box Office 071 9161518

www.hawkswell.com

 

Donegal Bay & Bluestacks Festival 2014

Wed 1 Oct at 8.30pm

Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon

 

Fri 3 Oct at 8.30pm

Glenties Community Centre, Glenties

Box Office 071 9851375

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Culture Night! This Friday!

Yes, it’s that time of year again when arts and cultural institutions across the country throw open their doors to the general public for a night of FREE culture!

Here at An Grianán we have another great line up to keep you entertained through to the wee small hours including the Errigal Groove Orchestra, the Blue Ribbon Group and the brilliant Sweeney’s Jazzmen and lots of special guests! It all starts from 6pm this Friday 19 September.

Culture Night provides a terrific opportunity for families to sample aspects of Irish Culture and Heritage. This extraordinary night of cultural festivities has grown each year since its inception in 2006 with inspiring commitment from local authorities, cultural organisations and participants throughout the country. There is a diverse programme of performances, events and exhibitions available to the public.

This will be Letterkenny’s 6th  occasion to participate in Culture Night. In common with other participating towns and cities across the country, the town will see an evening of highly accessible, FREE OF CHARGE, family friendly events. The programme is centered around, among others, Donegal County Museum, the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny Town Park, the County Donegal ETB Music Education Partnership, An Grianán Theatre, The Artworks, The Central Library, St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Conwal Parish Church, Create-A-Link Art Studio, ArtCo Gallery, Donegal Youth Service @ The LOFT and the Save The Church Lane group.

You can download the official Letterkenny Culture Night programme right here.

Culture Night at An Grianán

6.00pm -6.45pm

The Errigal Groove Orchestra

Street music performance at the new An Grianán Theatre Plaza

Formed in 2011 by Donegal Music Education Partnership under the directorship of saxophone tutor Sean McCarron, Errigal Groove Orchestra  has evolved into a vibrant and talented Jazz Ensemble.  Meeting monthly and with its student membership coming from all over the county, this impressive collective breathes fresh life into old jazz standards.  Performances to date include the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival and at the headquarters of the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin.

7.00pm – 8.00pm

Blue Ribbon Group

The Blue Ribbon Group, under the direction of Brighdin Carr, has facilitated classes in music, dance and drama for many hundreds of young people in Letterkenny, over the years.  Blue Ribbon’s special Culture Night Showcase at An Grianán Theatre will feature solo and choral singing, music and drama as well as choreographed dance routines in popular, hip hop, Irish and contemporary styles.

9.30pm to late

Sweeney’s Jazzmen

Paul Sweeney is one of Donegal’s true musical treasures, a renowned jazz trumpet player who played for many years with the legendary Capitol Showband, while also turning his hand to art and architecture – a true renaissance man. In recent years Paul has enjoyed a regular (and massively popular) Sunday residency in Dublin with his outfit Sweeney’s Jazzmen.  For this very special Culture Night appearance, he’ll be joined by a jazz quartet and several special guests, for a night of swinging Dixieland tunes and hot jazz classics aplenty. Also joining Paul will be some of the stars of the An Grianán Theatre / Earagail Arts Festival hit production, ‘Fiesta’. Paul himself played at Letterkenny’s Fiesta Ballroom on many memorable occasions. It’s gonna be a night to remember!

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