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Come Together: Cultural Companions

The Diary Entries

Hawk’s Well Cultural Companions was an initiative set up in 2019 with the aim of providing increased opportunities for older people to engage with Sligo’s vibrant cultural and arts scene by setting up a network of people who would accompany each other to cultural events at the theatre.

Our COVID closure and the fact that older people cocooned alone during lockdown inspired us to revisit this project as we were acutely aware that connecting with and supporting each other in new ways became more important than ever before in 2020.

Over August and September 2020, Hawk’s Well Theatre paired four artists with four older people who had been cocooning alone in Sligo. The artists and hosts got to know each other through a series of conversations, after which the artists wrote an original piece of work inspired by the host and their conversations together.

In Cultural Companions – The Diary Entries, Nichola MacEvilly interviews Máire Dufficy, Kieran Quinn, Ann Murray, Séamus O'Rourke, Patricia Feeney, Seamie O'Dowd, Maura Hever, Mossie Martin about the journey these four duos took together and together we hear the new works created for the very first time. 

This project is supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland and is part of the First Fortnight; Ireland’s Mental Health Arts & Culture Festival 2021 and you can visit their mental health supports here. 
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