Check out the Ballina Arts Centre programme of events for July 2017. A month punctuated by glitz, fun and activity with Festivals in Ballina and throughout North Mayo, Ballina Arts Centre is right there in the middle of it and has a very rich programme on offer. Drop in to appreciate an art exhibition or to attend a show after one of the daytime activities in the region. One of our favourite things to do in Ballina is to pop into this fabulous facility for a show and there’s something in the Ballina Arts Centre programme for everyone!
In the first two weeks of July, Ballina Arts Centre presents not one, not two… but three visual art exhibitions. They promise to be a feast for the senses and to delight the imagination.
Jane Dunn’s exhibition Scratching the Surface is currently on display at the Barrett St Concourse gallery (since 5th July).
The exhibition comprises paintings inspired by a trip Jane Dunn made to in Italy in 2015. During that visit she experienced a sensual and visual journey through tastes and smells, colours and heat, ancient towns and mountainous landscapes, old doorways, bleached plasters, frescos and archways, siennas and umbers, olive groves and tiled roofs. Scratching the Surface runs until 26th August.
Perspectives: Ballina Open Exhibition presented by Ballina Arts Centre runs currently at the Ballina Civic Offices (since 7th July).
The exhibition, which features the work of 30 North Mayo-based artists, forms part of the Ballina Salmon Festival programme, and runs from 7th to 21st July. Perspectives is now in its eleventh year and is an exhibition not to be missed.
The exhibition Here and Now by Diarmuid Delargy opens at Ballina Arts Centre, Friday 14th July at 8pm.
Delargy , a renowned Irish artist- a painter, print-maker and sculptor, is a member of Aosdana, The Royal Society of Painter/ Printmakers, London and of the Royal Ulster Academy.
The exhibition includes works from ‘The Shark/Tope Series’ (“a visual conversation about the onslaught on the environment wrought by the relentless consumption of our era”); ‘The Atelier/ The Circus Animals’ Desertion Series’ (“works inspired by the Sligo landscape where I live”) and the ‘Crete Series’ (“inspired by time spent there some years ago”). Here and Now runs until 26th August.
For information on exhibitions in Ballina Arts Centre Programme of Events visit www.ballinaartscentre.com
On Thursday 20th July, starting at 8pm, Ballina Arts Centre will present The 10 Dark Secrets of the Irish Revolution, a humorous look at the history of Ireland in the twentieth century.
Paddy Cullivan (of Callan’s Kicks, The Late Late Show, Leviathan and Kilkenomics) brings you an audiovisual spectacular a century after the Easter Rising. Using satire, imagery, historical insight and song – Paddy reveals the 10 strangest things (and Darkest Secrets) that happened during our Rising, Revolution and Counter-Revolution (Civil War). He also draws parallels with those events’ effects on modern Ireland in a story that unfolds like an addictive whodunit…
Praise for The 10 Dark Secrets of the Irish Revolution: ‘Romanticism makes way for pragmatism and careful analysis with Paddy’s unique brand of humour and story-telling genius’ (Irish Independent); ‘An audience in hysterics, rapturous applause and lots of food for thought’ (John F Kennedy Summer School); ‘Freewheeling Political Polemic that makes you laugh while making you think’ (Irish Times); ‘Paddy Cullivan is a National Treasure’ (David McWilliams, Economist).
Tickets are €12 and €10. Booking: 096 73593 or www.ballinaartscentre.com
At the heart of summer, Ballina Arts Centre will present a beautiful piece of children’s theatre The Trouble with Fairies on Saturday 22nd July. The show, by PigNut Productions, tells us that ‘you never know where you might find fairies or what kind of mischief they might get up to’. Join Jay Ryan on a daring adventure for 3 – 5 year olds and their families. The running time is 30 minutes and there will be two shows (starting at 12.30pm & 2pm).
Tickets costs €5 per person (or €15 for a family ticket).
The latest Moy Sessions literary event at Ballina Arts Centre will pair two Mayo-based writers – poet Geraldine Mitchell and novelist Elizabeth Reapy on Friday 28th July, 8pm.
Geraldine Mitchell is an writer and poet who was born in Dublin and who, since 2000, has been living near Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. In 2008, she won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and a Mayo County Council Bursary to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. In 2011, the Arts Council of Ireland awarded her a literature bursary.
Geraldine is the author of two novels for young people and a biography and, since moving to Mayo, she has published two collections of poetry, World without Maps and Of Birds and Bones. Her third collection, Mountains for Breakfast, was launched in March 2017.
Elizabeth (EM) Reapy is from Claremorris. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. In 2016, her debut novel Red Dirt was published by Head of Zeus and won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the 2017 Kate O’Brien Award. She is currently working on her second book. Tickets: €8 / €5.
Jazz at Ballina Arts Centre in August
Fans of Jazz can look forward to a real treat on Friday 4th August, at 8pm, when the Modern Irish Quartet make a welcome return to Ballina Arts Centre. The Modern Irish Quartet (MIQ) was formed in 2012 by American Vibraphone player Tony Miceli and Irish drummer John Daly who has been involved with the jazz scene in Limerick most of his adult life and has played with some of the greats including Louis Stewart, Jim Doherty, Noel Kelehan, Richie and Michael Buckley, Linley Hamilton, Ken Peplowski and Julian Siegel.
The band toured extensively in 2013 with a very exciting programme paying homage to one of the greatest jazz quartets of all time: The Modern Jazz Quartet. This with the band’s first album release MIQ plays MJQ, which received some very positive reviews.
Vibraphonist Tony Miceli, whose playing has been compared with the legendary Milt Jackson and Gary Burton, grew up in New Jersey, and currently resides in Philadelphia. He has been steadily working the jazz scene since 1980, and as a group leader, sideman, and recording artist, he has performed with numerous top musicians including David Liebman, Jimmy Bruno, Ken Peplowski and John Swana.
“ Miceli’s vibes playing is nothing short of phenomenal, as he moves effortlessly from fiery virtuoso runs to gentle, legato improvisations on the ballads.”This tour will feature one of Ireland’s finest saxophone players Michael Buckley (Mingus Big Band, Glen Hansard, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Joey Baron, Nils Wogram).
Bassist Dave Redmond (Bill Carrothers, Tommy Halferty, Phil Ware, Van Morisson, Ian Shaw, Guy Barker) one of the most in demand bassists in jazz circles in Ireland will make up this exciting Quartet.
The programme will feature new music arranged by Tony Miceli.
Mayo-Manchester TradFest Gala Concert at Ballina Arts Centre
Now in its fifth year, with a cast of just over one hundred Irish singers, musicians and dancers from Mayo and Manchester the Mayo Manchester Gala Concert at the Ballina Arts Centre will be on Saturday 5th August, 8pm,
promises to be a night to remember. Hosted by ‘The Voice of Old Trafford’ Mr Alan Keegan, from Manchester United football club, who is flying in from United’s USA Tour to host the evening.
Performers from Manchester include Joe Keegan from the TV Show The Voice, plus the award-winning Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band and the Keegan Academy of Irish Dancing which is run by the new Lord of the Dance – James Keegan and his sister Louise. Performers from Mayo include Sean Nós dancers Tommy Stenson and the Ganley Sisters, there is also a specially commissioned performance from Lavinia Gilmartin’s award winning Heroes for Hospice group, the highly-acclaimed dancers and musicians from Atlantic Rhythm and Foxford’s Admiral Brown CCÉ group. Tickets: €15 each.
Ballina Arts Centre Programme of Events – booking information
You can now book tickets ONLINE for Ballina Arts Centre events. Just go to www.ballinaartscentre.com and click the “BOOK NOW” tab on top of the page!!
Ballina Arts Centre is open from 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday. For further information on all events, contact Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St., Ballina, Co. Mayo. Tel: 096 73593; www.ballinaartscentre.com