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Imagine Arts Festival available to all online this year

16/09/2020. FREE TO USE IMAGE. Imagine Arts Festival. Pictured at the launch of the multidisciplinary programme for the 19th annual Imagine Arts Festival is Lily Meagher (8) and Izzy Potter (9) with Nicholas Kavanagh of Curious State Theatre Co. The ten-day festival filled with theatre, music, visual art exhibitions, discussion, debate and more will take place in Waterford from October 16th to 25th with a mix of live-audience and online events. For a full schedule of events see . Picture: Patrick Browne September 16th 2020 Waterford is set to celebrate the arts with a mix of live and online events at Imagine Arts Festival 2020 The annual Imagine Arts Festival is set to take place in Waterford from October 16th to 25th with a mix of live and online acts announced for the 2020 festival. In total 45 events are programmed for the 2020 festival with 16 of those events being made available to the public for free online attendance. Three of Waterford’s finest festivals take place under the umbrella of the Imagine Arts Festival, including the Waterford Writers Weekend along with the John Dwyer Trad Weekend an eclectic programme of multi-disciplinary arts events to choose from under Imagine Arts. Amongst the highlights of the 2020 festival programme are live music gigs with Saint Sister, Junior Brother and Join Me In The Pines, a Desert Island poetry reading with Ambassador of Ireland to the US Dan Mulhall, conversations with authors Sara Baume, Doireann Ni Ghriofa, a Margo Banks exhibition, an artist’s talk with California based abstract painter, Laura James, a Felispeaks session with poet and playwright Felicia Olusanya and an ode to the late musician and composer John Dwyer with a concert to celebrate the man and his music and much more. The ten days of festivities commence with the John Dwyer Trad Festival on the opening weekend, with a strong traditional music and dance programme featuring a ‘Glór Na nDéise’ concert on Friday, Oct

The first Imagine Arts Festival online will get underway on Friday, October 16th at 12 pm with a total of 40 events taking place all freely available to the public.

According to the Imagine Arts Festival Manager, this is a big step for the festival which is 19 years old.

“It is an adventure that we are excited to embark upon, perhaps this online element may even remain as part of our festival offering from here on.”

The Imagine Arts Festival opens with a virtual art trail and a series of virtual exhibitions.

The artists set to exhibit their work include Margo Banks, Janet Sibley, “I” a curated selection of works by emerging artists; Kitsch Doom, Ciara O’ Neill, Matt Higgs, William Murray and MONUMENTS II (Memory Traces) by Ciara Rodgers.

Creating Together Apart is another such exhibition that features young artists and their works which were created during lockdown. They will be showcased in the windows of City Square in Waterford and virtually.

Other highlights include the John Dwyer Trad Weekend which will also take place over the opening weekend.

A ‘Glór Na nDéise’ concert will take place with some of Waterford’s finest trad musicians including Sarah O’Gorman (fiddle) and Claire Fennell (flute) Áine and Tomás Ó Dálaigh (concertina and fiddle), Jimmy O’Brien Moran (uilleann pipes). Ciarán Ó Gealbháin and Edel Fox will host the event.

From free online trad workshops to a concert honouring the life and work of the late John Dwyer on Saturday, the weekend will be jampacked.

Not only that but Waterford Writers Weekend opens on Thursday, October 22nd. It runs for three days with 13 online events on offer from workshops, masterclasses and readings to poetry events, author interviews and discussions with some of the country’s foremost writers.

Ambassador to Ireland to the US Dan Mulhall will be hosting a poetry reading

Highlights include an interview with Sara Baume who will talk about her first non-fiction title – an exploration of productivity and what it means to be an artist.

Brian Conaghan will chat about his latest YA title The M Word, an unforgettable novel about grief and healing. An interview with award-winning writer Doireann Ní Ghríofa will see her discuss her stunning debut prose ‘A Ghost in the Throat’. Colm Keegan will premiere ‘This is Waterford’, a vibrant and contemporary literary work.

There will be a performance with Felicia Olusanya, Leke Ogunde and Samuel Yakura. In a free online event, Ambassador of Ireland to the US Dan Mulhall will host a Desert Island poetry reading.

Two of Ireland’s finest playwrights and directors Jim Nolan and Jimmy Murphy will chat writing, process and legacy. Poet Mark Roper will host a beginners poetry workshop plus lots more.

Director Jim Nolan will be taking part.

On the final day of the Imagine Arts Festival, they will honour Eric Sweeney with oh, this hectic world, the last piece he composed. The setting for this will be 10 classic Japanese haikus selected by the poet Mark Roper, who had collaborated with Eric on many ventures over many years.

Composer and pianist Marian Ingoldsby, a close friend and colleague of Eric’s at WIT for over 25 years, has very kindly agreed to step in to play Eric’s music.

More information can be found on the Imagine Arts Festival website here.


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