Imeall - Art Changing Lives
Friday September 23rd | 10pm
Oíche lán de chultúr agus d’ealaín a ardóidh do chroí – Imeall – Art Changing Lives – Oíche Chultúir.
Every September Culture Night invites the galleries, museums and cultural spaces around the country to throw open the doors and welcome the public in to explore and experience the art that is happening within. It is a night of openness, discovery, celebration and belonging. Venues are opened late and special and unique events are programmed around the country, free of charge, as the public come out in force to celebrate our rich and varied culture.
Over 50 minutes, this special programme took us on a journey around the island of Ireland, to celebrate and showcase the transformative power of art and culture.
In Mayo, in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, retired art teacher John Gallagher was teaching Mags Duffy the traditional techniques of lobster pot making. Mags is a visual artist in her own right and her current project is all about incorporating traditional crafts into contemporary art.
Further south in Cork Garry McCarthy aka GMC Beats spent his time mentoring the local kids in Knocknaheeney. His purpose-built studio space “The Kabin ” gives young people – like MC Tiny and Ellen Martin – an outlet to express their creativity through rap and spoken word.
Elsewhere, Irish-Sudanese poet and new parent Adam Mohammed discussed the creative revolution he sees happening in Dublin and ponders the changing city that he is bringing his son up in in A New Éire.
Traditional music and dance were well-represented with performances from FourWinds and sean-nós dancer Cuthbert Tura Arutura, rounding off an exciting medley of arts, culture and craic.
Molscéal TG4’s online video hub produced a series from Gaeltacht areas in conjunction with Ealaín na Gaeltachta, featuring local artists as they prepared for Culture Night. Eoin Mac Diarmada rehearsed a solo drama by local folklorist, Tomás Laighléis, at the ruins of Menlo Castle in Galway, Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola welcomed those who wished to improve their singing at her workshop. Young families of Uibh Ráthaigh prepared for the creation of a piece of art from locally collected material in South Kerry, and in the North Donegal the people of the Rosses came together from the various towns in that area to produce an artwork. In Gaoth Dobhair, youngsters prepared for a concert they presented to their community. Watch on Molscéal platforms on social media and on molsceal.ie.
An evening of culture and art that warmed the heart – Imeall – Oíche Chultúir 2022.