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Culture Night Music Highlight: Music Generation Sligo

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Big Bang @ The BakeShop / Lyons Café

Culture Night Friday 19th September



4.55 – 5.10pm Incantato String Quartet Quartet

5.10 – 5.20pm Alice Purcell (concertina), Siofra Hanley (harp), Dulra Hanley (fiddle), Liam Needham (concertina) – New trad compositions

5.20 – 5.30pm Grace Feeney (fiddle), Enya Curley (concertina), Ronan Coleman (flute), David Watters (flute) –  New classical and trad compositions

5.30 – 5.50pm Sligo Academy of Music Ensembles – flute & saxaphone

5.50 – 6pm Sligo Community Youth Choir

Culture Night Theatre Highlight: The Raven’s Among The Reeds

The Raven Among the ReedsTo celebrate this year’s Culture night Margaret Kilcoyne is delighted to invite you to ‘The Raven’s among the Reeds’, an immersive theatre event that hopes to reignite the sense of adventure that existed during 1920’s war-torn Ireland. Come with us on a journey where you’ll experience the romance and excitement of Sligo’s past. Join us on an adventure through time.

This community led project is inviting actors, artists, and musicians from all over County Sligo, and beyond to get involved in what will be a most memorable night. There is still time to join in this year’s performance, so please contact us at the e-mail addresses below if you would like to participate.

Margaret Kilcoyne, is the director of this project and is no stranger to the world of theatre. A member of the Phoenix Players,Tubbercurry, for many years, Margaret trained with East 15 Drama School in London. Margaret worked with Beezneez Theatre Company this summer in their production of ‘The Lonesome West’. Other work includes working with Punchhdrunk choreographer Katy Balfour, in her production of ‘Shennanigans’. She has also appeared in ‘An Sailleach’ a film that screened at the Raindance Film Festival, London, The London Film Festival and The Bogoloo Festival, Edinburgh.

Audience members must book in advance as there is limited availability for the event.

To find out more, or to get involved, please email OR

Booking can be made for your group by texting or calling 0873685345

Event address will be disclosed upon booking.

This is based on a first come first serve basis and like all Culture Night events this is a completely free event.

Culture Night Sligo – Music Listings

cn2014savethedateCulture Night Sligo takes place this Friday 19th September with an exciting programme of cultural happenings across Sligo, and best of all it’s all FREE! Check out the music listings for the night below:

The Big Bang:
Music Generation Sligo presents music from The Big Bang & Fleadh Fusions. Composed, created and performed by young Sligo musicians
The Bakeshop & Lyons Café (H): 5pm

Sligo’s Favourite Album
Vinyl Culture present an interactive selection of music sharing and passionate storytelling revealing Sligos’ favourite music from the vinyl era.
Furey’s Pub. 6pm til late.

aoifeMairearad & Anna and Almost Unwanted
Double Bill of Music from the Scottish & Irish traditions featuring: Mairearad Green , Anna Massie, Cathy Jordan, Rick Epping & Seanan Brennan.
Hawk’s Well Theatre (A): 8pm


Northwest Squared – new series of talks & workshops for creative freelancers/self employed

nw2North West Squared presents a series of talks and workshops on Contracts, Accounting, and International Sales.

NW2 is an informal community for support, marketing, confidence building and skills development for those working in both the region and the online market. Particular focus is placed on media, art, design and music professionals but these sessions are also aimed at other small businesses and freelancers.

Tues 16th September 
Contracts with Oliver Sweeney (former Ballyfermot College Music Dept Lecturer).  A practical session that examines copyright issues and an examination of standard contract language and format.

Tues 30th September
Accounting and Tax with Musician Kieran Quinn with Accountants from NW Financial Services. This session explores the legal requirements for self employment, annual accounts, dealing with revenue and allowable expenses.

Tues 21st October
International Sales with Patrick O’Neill from Wildcard distribution (former Irish Film Board Legal Affairs)

Tickets €5 are available on the evening of the event.

For more info please e-mail or follow on Facebook.

11th Oct 2014 – 11th Jan 2015: Into The Field at The Model

Into The Field at The Model

Saturday 11 October 2014 – Sunday 11 January 2015

Odey Curbelo, Olafur Elliason, Spencer Finch, Tumi Magnusson, William McKeown Helen McMahon, Norbert Vollath, Jack B Yeats.

“ The world and the universe contain elements that cannot be articulated or contained using the codes, language and meaning with which we try to make sense of our lives. But our world is somewhere we can feel, and feel reassuringly part of in those moments that the boundaries between us and it dissolve.”

William McKeown

The Model, Sligo, is pleased to announce a new exhibition this winter titled Into The Field. Opening on Saturday 11th October, the exhibition is an invitation to encounter the inner world of feelings through the lens of a live field of contemporary art practice, dissolving the boundaries between artist and viewer.

Light, colour and sound gently collide within a myriad of objects, video, installation, colour studies and soundscapes that move between material and immaterial worlds. This encounter will create possibilities for the viewer to find meaning and resonance within the porous nature of the work, thus providing a fertile ground for activating the viewer’s response.

New works by artist Odey Curbelo and composer Norbert Vollath, together with works by William McKeown and Jack B. Yeats will be placed in dialogue with each other. The theme of colour and light will be anchored lby Olafur Eliasson’s Colour Circle Series, a quiet interruption at the centre of the experience.

Into The Field invites the viewer to step into this elusive experience, in an attempt to elicit an open-ended response to the work.

For further updates about The Model, please visit and follow The Model @ModelSligo or

January 5th – 23rd: Blue Raincoat Theatre Academy

Movement WorkshopBlue Raincoat Theatre Company will host the 4th annual Blue Raincoat Theatre Academy 5th – 23th January 2015.
The Academy provides multi-disciplinary training for all artists and performers.

Academy 2015 consists of two separate workshops in Voice and Movement. The Voice Workshop conducted by David Goldsworthy will take place from 5th – 9th January followed by the two week Movement Workshop conducted by Jorge Correa Bethencourt and Sandra O’Malley from 12th – 23th January 2015.

The Academy will take place at TheFactory Performance Space, Lower Quay St.,Sligo.

For further details contact see

Or if you wish to participate contact

Please subject your email FAO JohnCarty

Cannonball 2014 roars in to Sligo this Friday

CANNONBALL 2014 is all revved up with 160 Supercars to roar into Sligo

Friday 12th September from 6pm | Free Family Eventcannonball 2fm 1

On September 12th at 6pm, Sligo Town will be a spectacular sight as 160 of the finest cars on the planet reach the finish line of the first stage of Cannonball 2014. Ireland’s glitterati, celebrities such as Corrie heartthrob Ryan Thomas and co-star Martin Hancock, Mathew Pritchard from Dirty Sanchez, Shane Lynch and all the crazy ‘Cannonballers’ will be out in force for CANNONBALL, the adrenalin-fuelled action-packed Supercar spectacle, which originated in Ireland six years ago and is now the largest organised road trip in Europe.

2014 is the first year that CANNONBALL comes to Sligo brought by Sligo County Council and Sligo Business District Project. People are expected to flock in their thousands to soak up the festival atmosphere at this free family event with super cars, novelty cars, colourful characters and live music on the streets. CANNONBALL goes up a gear once again this year with 160 supercars worth an estimated €25 million set to blaze a trail through Dublin, Cavan, Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Tipperary with a dramatic finish line in Tullamore, Co Offaly on September 14th.

CANNONBALL, sponsored by Manhattan Popcorn, is most exciting motoring and social event of the year with most of the world’s top mark cars such as McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Masseratti, Rolls Royce and Bentley. Fans can experience the thrill of the chase as the finest cars on the planet are on display in each host town kicking off with a live broadcast from Ryan Tubridy at the O2. The gleaming convoy will drive through 850KM of Irish open roads from September 12th to 14th but this year the spectacular convoy will be more impressive than ever with Festivals all over the country and a quarter of the supercars coming in from the UK, Europe and even Dubai with the highest ever number of top mark cars.

Over 100,000 people will line the streets as CANNONBALL roars through towns and counties in spectacular style with FREE family friendly festivals all over the country. Each start and finish line at each host town is infused with an electric atmosphere featuring Brazilian dancers, live music, DJs, The Monster Energy JAM Truck, stunt riders, aerobatic displays, local entertainers, confetti cannons, lots of Manhattan popcorn, Cannonball official merchandise and, of course, the unmistakable roar of 160 supercars. CANNONBALL 6 will raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation which is a children’s charity that grants magical wishes to children between the ages of 3 – 17 years with life-threatening medical conditions. The route showcases beautiful villages, towns and famous Irish Landmarks to both Irish and foreign Cannonballers and fans. The benefit to the Irish economy of this event is estimated at €2,567,000 and most of this is spread evenly throughout the counties and towns visited.

CANNONBALL is the brainchild of Kildare Businessman and AB Signs proprietor, Alan Bannon and is now in its sixth year having already raised over €600,000 for Children’s charities. Cannonball celebrities include Coronation Street Heart Throb Ryan Thomas (AKA Jason Grimshaw), Shane Lynch, former Miss World Rosanna Davison and husband Wes Quirke whilst celebrity chef Rachel Allen, The Voice Presenter Kathryn Thomas, and RTE’s Miriam O Callaghan and even An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has dropped the famous Cannonball chequered flag.  Models Georgia Salpa, Aisling Quinn, Hazel O Sullivan, Emma Quinlan and Holly Carpenter have been keen Cannonballers over the years as well as Roz Purcell, Nadia Forde, and Rachel Wallace.  Ryan Tubridy, Mick Galway, Gerald Kean and Lisa Murphy also geared up for Cannonball and it never disappoints in the celeb stakes. BRUNO MARS even showed up one year to join Boyzone’s Shane Lynch for a quick pit stop in Cork!

 Cannonball 6 is set to be one of the most spectacular events of 2014” said Don O Neil of Manhattan Popcorn, main sponsor of Cannonball “ We are very proud to be part of this exhilarating event and to help raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. Popcorn goes with all good movies but we are getting the opportunity to bring this mad cap movie to life and there will be lots of Manhattan popcorn on the route to celebrate our association with Cannonball” he continued. The success of CANNONBALL Ireland led to the dawn of the annual Continental Cannonball event every June and this year CANNONBALL made headlines in Holland, Germany and Switzerland as they roared through in spectacular style leaving their mark with the style, excitement and spectacle that CANNONBALL is now becoming renowned for all over the world.

The CANNONBALL tour sponsor for 2014 is and associated sponsors include Paddy Connolly Specialist Cars, 37 Dawson Street, The Bridge House Hotel Tullamore, BP Mitchell,, Best Western Montenotti, 4×4 Exports and AB Signs. See for further details, routes and events.


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