Take a Walk with Crom
This Culture Night Galway County Council proudly presents Take a Walk with Crom, an intimate Macnas spectacle that will meander through the medieval streets of Athenry. Join Galway County Arts Office and Athenry Heritage & Arts Centre as we invite the wise and magnificent Crom to lurk around Athenry town centre alongside Macnas performers, stilt walkers and drummers who promise to entertain and enthrall.
Crom emerged from the 2018 Macnas production Out of the Wild Sky and has wandered the streets of Galway City, Dublin City and Ballina. ‘Between the white fire of the stars and the whispering woods can be heard the breath of small kingdoms rising and falling… Dreams floating, light as moths, among the branches of the trees, where sweetness and tangibility flicker against the dark hug of time.’
Macnas is an award-winning internationally acclaimed performance company from Galway. Productions are immersive and spectacular, and its repertoire includes parades, theatre shows, installations, film and performance art. Macnas makes transformative immersive work, collaborating with artists, audiences and communities, nationally and internationally.
In 2020 Macnas relocated their sculpture workshop to 5km outside of Athenry and have been working with local schools and getting to know the area. Macnas artist Lisa Sweeney worked with 6th class students at Scoil Croí Naofa to create nests and feathers that were part of Con Mór, The Giant in 2023. In the past, Macnas performed many times during the Athenry Medieval Festival. Now, for the first time since the mid-90’s, Macnas will take to the streets of Athenry to delight audiences of all ages. “We are delighted to work with Macnas in an outdoor setting and as it's home to the Macnas workshop, Athenry presents as a perfect venue”, says Sharon O’Grady, Galway County Arts Officer.
Before Take a Walk with Crom, come to Athenry to enjoy other Culture Night events at Skylark, Athenry Arts & Heritage Centre and walk around the town to experience ‘one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Ireland’. Stay afterwards to witness a spectacular fireworks display sponsored by Londis, Athenry in the park.
Galway County Council Arts Office in partnership with Macnas and Athenry Arts & Heritage Centre present Take a Walk with Crom, a Culture Night Late event with funding from the Arts Council, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Galway County Council