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Bealtaine Festival Highlights at The Model this May


The Model is delighted to announce details of their month-long celebration of Bealtaine, Ireland’s national celebration of creativity as we age, from 1st – 31st May 2014.

Commenting on the programme of free events available at The Model, Education Curator Marie Louise Blaney said: ‘Bealtaine at The Model is an inspiring multi-disciplinary festival, featuring a month of activities ranging from curated gallery tours to film and workshops. The festival promises to inspire, challenge and be truly intergenerational, bringing all ages together in a creative environment.’ 

Festival Highlights

Art and Coffee Mornings
Tuesdays 06 – 27 May
11am – 12.30pm
Book a tour of the exhibitions and discuss what you’ve learned afterwards in the beautiful surrounds of The Model Café over a complementary tea or coffee.

Painting with Heike
Thursdays 08 May – 05 June
11am – 1pm
A relaxed and informal series of still life painting workshops using oil (water-mixable) paints, exploring colour, tone, texture and brushwork. Suitable for all ages.

A Tale To Tell
Thursdays 08 May – 12 June
3.45pm – 5.30pm
An opportunity for Grandparents and Grandchildren (9-14yrs) to work together to write and illustrate an adventurous story and bind this tale in to their very own hand-made book. A true family heirloom! Booking essential, as places are limited.

Thu. 08 May 8pm
Dir: Dustin Hoffman, UK, 2012, 98 mins
The Model and Sligo Film Society present a free screening of Quartet. The film follows the story of lifelong friends Wilf (Billy Connolly) Reggie (Ton Courtney) and Cissy (Pauline Collins) who are all residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers.

For further information on Bealtaine events at The Model, visit and follow on Twitter @ModelSligo or

National Touring Exhibition Exploring the Work by Artists and Children to Visit The Model

Virtually There Practice Exhibition TourWhat happens when artists and children work together?

PRACTICE, a national touring exhibition of work by artists and children, the first of its kind in Ireland, will visit The Model arts centre from 4th April – 4th May 2014.

The exhibition is produced by Sligo’s Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and will be accompanied by a programme of events for artists, children, school groups and the general public at The Model.

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April 26th: Old Hannah and Deirdre Farrell play Hawk’s Well

Old Hannah

Old Hannah

The Hawk’s Well Theatre are delighted to present a double bill of exceptional local talent featuring Old Hannah and Deirdre Farrell on Saturday 26th of April at 8pm.

Old Hannah are a four-piece folk band from Sligo made up of Luke Mercer, Anthony Mannion, Lucie Crichlow and Leo Morris. Their blend of traditional and contemporary influences reveals a unique country-roots sound that transcends geography and generations. Their music will keep you enthralled with their four-part vocal harmonies which are core to their sound. Their EP of original material displays confidence in their song-writing and musical arrangements. They have crafted stories and melodies that display both a strength and energy that sit well alongside their good humour on stage.

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Scholastic Languages Summer Camps for kids in Sligo and Leitrim this Summer

Sligo Summer Camps for KidsWondering what to do with the kids this summer? Sligo’s Scholastic Languages offers summer camps in Irish, French & Spanish for 7 to 17 year olds.

Following 10 years of success Scholastic Languages, a Sligo based initiative, is running the language camps this June and July in Sligo.

In 2014, primary school students get to personalise their course to their preference.

Each primary course includes a morning of Irish classes; afternoons are then spent in their course preference. Course options include ‘Come Cook’ a hands-on cookery camp, ‘Scratch IT’ where students will get to roll up their sleeves with computer programming and finally a ‘Multi-Sports Camp’ including a huge variety of fun activity-based sports. Each course will be limited to 20 students and therefore offering a very personal experience.

Sligo Summer Camps for KidsSecondary school participants can get ahead of the game with Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exam-focused classes in the morning. This is followed by oral exam preparatory classes to help equip for the crucial oral exams. Also new for secondary school students in 2014 is the choice of Spanish as a language course.

Students rave about the fun choice of activities on offer throughout the camp and feedback from parents is that the courses help build the confidence and command of their chosen second language.

Bookings are now been taken, so to ensure your child’s place visit or call 087-9973346.

Two Grammy Winners on Sligo Jazz Project’s 2014 Summer School

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe teaching faculty at Sligo Jazz Project keeps getting better and better!

The ninth annual Sligo International Jazz Summer School, combined with a renowned world-class jazz festival, takes place from July 22-27, with a teaching faculty of fourteen musicians from USA, Europe and Ireland.

Already confirmed are 13-time Grammy-winning bassist Steve Rodby, two-times Grammy winning pianist and orchestrator Alan Broadbent, Victor Wooten’s amazing drummer Derico Watson, highly lauded Vienna-based American saxophonist and composer Andy Middleton plus top UK session drummer/percussionist Paul Clarvis, bassist John Goldsby, guitarist Jean Francois Prins and singer Judy Niemack, in the most versatile and varied faculty Sligo Jazz Project has ever had.

Sligo Jazz Project strives to make this unique event as affordable as possible to musicians of all ages and backgrounds. Each year musicians from as far afield as USA and Australia come to Sligo to study with the greats. Summer school fees include admission to masterclasses, workshops, jam sessions and all six days of Sligo Jazz Festival concerts, including top US acts The Bad Plus and Christian Scott.

“You can have the faculty giving you masterclasses in the morning, eating lunch with you, go to their concerts, they play with you in the jam sessions, so its really inclusive, and its just a very feelgood vibe. Come to Sligo Jazz, its worth whatever it takes to get here”… Noah Fishman (Maine, USA), participant 2010 and 2013

For more info and testimonials from previous summer schools visit

17th-19th April: Sligo Youth Theatre presents Arabian Nights at The Hawks Well

Arabian Nighs

Arabian Nights

The rich and vibrant tales of the Arabian nights are beautifully and skilfully interpreted by the young actors of Sligo Youth Theatre. A luxurious, visual extravaganza for all the family! In bringing together all the magic of the ancient worlds of China, Indian and Persia, this production is abundant in the colours, sounds and the exotic culture of the Orient. This classic tale is given new and exciting dimensions by Director Jean-Marie Perinetti. Princess Sheharazad’s is clever and witty, telling a story every night to avoid death at the hands of the dark King Shahryar. The King becomes entranced by the storytelling unfolding before him. But it is not easy for Sheharazad who must apply all her imagination to conjuring dreamy otherworldly spirits and fantastic visions of love, foreboding and laughter to delight the difficult King.

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Friday June 27th: Tommy Tiernan’s World Tour of Sligo at The Model

Tommy Tiernan at The Model

Tommy Tiernan

The Model is delighted to present an evening of outstanding comedy with Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan for one night only on Friday June 27th.

Tommy’s mastery of stand-up allows him to take risks other comedians dare not. Through hilarious storytelling and a high energy, non-apologetic delivery he continually challenges his audience who can be confident they are in safe hands. To see Tiernan live is a rare treat, as his stories unfold and themes are elaborated his performance mesmerises as his lyrical way with words make you laugh harder than you’d ever believe possible.
Tickets priced €28.00 are now on sale from The Model’s Box Office on 071 91 41405 or via their website

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