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Hawk’s Well Theatre's Cultural Companions was set up in 2019 as a network of like-minded people interested in arts and culture, who can accompany each other to cultural events. This is a great way to meet new people with shared interests. Cultural Companions' aim was to provide increased opportunities for older people to engage with Sligo’s vibrant cultural and arts scene.

With 2020 changing life unimaginably and keeping everyone locked down for extended periods, the initiative has come into its own, in ways that it couldn;t have imagined. Blossoming, the project evolved to bring together four artists with four older people to create four exciting new works. These premiered as Cultural Companions: The Diary Entries, in January 2021. 

The Hawk’s Well is aiming to have four artists paired with four older people by the month of May. Over the course of the summer, the paired artists and hosts will spend time getting to know each other through a series of conversations, after which the artist will create an original piece of work inspired by the host and their conversations together. This new piece of work will be performed in the host’s own home to an invited audience in due course when such an interaction is allowable. For more information, or to express interest, contact Maeve at maeve@hawkswell.ie