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Culture Night at the Hawk’s Well

Culture Night at the Hawk’s Well
26 August, 2015

We had a fabulous Culture Night last Friday. We began with our Baby Culture Night event called Codladh Sámh. This was a really intimate and soothing musical event for babies. Jessie Whitehead, Sarah Crummy and Colette Sheerin captivated babies and parents alike with beautiful renditions of lullabies old and new. With gently moving projections accompanying the music, the babies were completely entranced and parents said it was just fabulous to hear some lullabies they hadn’t heard since their own childhoods.

Later on Culture night we held a rolling event based around 1916. A fascinating 20 minute talk about what Sligo was like in 1916 was delivered by Dr John O’Callaghan from St. Angela’s College three times over the night. This was followed each time by a stunning new composition by Niamh Crowley. We commissioned Niamh to write a short suite of music which embodied the spirit of the people who made the Irish Revolution especially for Culture Night. The piece consisted of 3 movements and was performed beautifully by Niamh, Peter Watters, Austin McManus and Anna Houston. The musical performance was complemented by artist projections created by the Hawk’s Well Theatre in response to the original music. The rolling event concluded each time with an informal discussion about our plans for next year related to the commemoration and this was hosted by our theatre artist in residence, Bob Kelly.  Our houses were at capacity for every performance illustrating how passionate Sligo people are about supporting the Arts.

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