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Cairde Sligo Arts Festival Events at Hawk’s Well Theatre

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival Events at Hawk’s Well Theatre
8 July, 2019

The annual Cairde festival is blooming once again, and there’s a host of events happening at Hawk’s Well Theatre during the festival week. Running from 6th – 13th July 2019, Cairde is Sligo’s yearly arts festival.

Presented by Hawk’s Well & Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, the theatre’s 2019 programme has something for everyone; from music to conversation to cultural talks.

Writing the Self with Sinéad Gleeson kicks things off on Wed 10th July (10am – 12.30pm). In this workshop writer, editor and freelance broadcaster Sinead explores the art of the personal essay, focusing on the skills required for life-writing and first person non-fiction. This sold-out workshop will discuss how to put ideas into practice; beginnings and structure; making the personal universal, and learning how to extract the key elements of your own story.

Sinead also stays on for Maggie Nelson in conversation with Sinead Gleeson, which takes place at 8pm the same day. Maggie is an award winning poet, critic, scholar and non-fiction writer. Her works of non-fiction are grounded in experiences and topics of pressing interest to her and our times. Nelson invites the reader into her process of thinking through and making sense of her unique concerns, with the help of feminist and queer theory, cultural and art criticism, philosophy and psychology. This will be Maggie’s first ever Irish appearance, and tickets, priced €15 (plus €1 renovation fee) are available now. 

Also on Wed 10th July at 1pm, Dublin-based singer songwriter Inni-K will be joining us for our weekly Trad @ Lunch session. Born Eithne Ní Chatháin, the multi-instrumentalist draws on her extensive background in folk and traditional Irish music, as she ventures into new musical territories. Join us at this free event for an afternoon of sumptuous sounds.

Brokentalkers Sligo Project meanwhile, present Uprooted on Thurs 11th and Fri 12th July (8pm), and Fri 13th July (1pm). Developed and performed by a culturally diverse group of community performers living in Sligo, Uprooted is based on their personal experiences of adapting in new communities. Presented in a darkly comic way, Uprooted looks at the notion of acceptability, and how newcomers can experience varying degrees of acceptance. Taking the form of a competition to decide who is acceptable, Uprooted explores prejudices and asks what we are afraid of. Tickets, priced €12/€8 conc. (plus €1 renovation fee) are available now. 

Finally, Sat 13th July sees two of Ireland’s most distinctive voices join forces for a double bill. Taking to the stage at 8pm, Lisa O’Neill & Seamus Fogarty are set for an evening of rich and compelling original music.

Lisa’s roots may be sourced in folk and traditional music but her work opens up a landscape beyond any settled sense of genre.

Fogarty’s method of lifting sounds from his environment and tucking them into the folds of his songs meanwhile, will showcase the folk singer’s role as collector and custodian of stories, traditions and cultural curio. Seamus will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Emma Smith. Tickets, priced €18/€9 u18s (plus €1 renovation fee) are available now.

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