What’s on next week at Ballina Arts Centre 11-17th February 2019

Posted in Connect on February 8, 2019.

On Friday the 15th February, musician David Munnelly’s new project: traditional music trio Ven_ture and on Saturday the 16th Michael Harding reads from his latest memoir On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist.



Friday 15th February, 8pm

Ven_ture is a traditional music trio – Anne Brennan (vocals); Joseph McNulty (violin); and David Munnelly (accordion) – which came about by way of a conversation about working on some new arrangements and ideas for the voice and simple and unconventional accompaniment.

The trio loves the process of planning new arrangements for old music and even composing new melodies keeping in mind the unique bare sound produced by accordion and fiddle but playing non-conventionally and creating new sounds in the process. Also to accompany songs with the non-conventional instruments you associate with song arrangement

Belmullet native David Munnelly grew up playing traditional music. He plays Irish dance tunes with flair and a level of mastery you’d expect from someone as talented and dedicated to the music as he is.

Tickets: €15 / €12. Early booking advised.



Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

Saturday 16th February, 8pm

Join best-selling writer and raconteur Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion, and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

“Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating” – The Irish Times

“A spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.” – Books.ie

Tickets: €20 / €18. Early booking advised.



Visual Art:

Landscapes of the Gamhanraidh in Erris and Beyond: Táin Bó Fliodhais – The Cattle Raid of Mayo)


Artist Diana Taylor paints in a relatively loose, impressionistic style using the medium of oils on canvas with a knife. Her inspiration for this exhibition was to seek out and depict the locations and 2,000 year old remnants of the ring forts of the Iron Age inhabitants as described in the story of the Táin Bó Fliodhais and paint those landscapes as you find them today.

Through the series of paintings, the story of the Táin unfolds. The exhibition promises to pass on the story of the Mayo Táin, recalling this wonderful epic of Celtic Ireland in Erris and beyond.

The opening of the exhibition will include the launch of a book about the project and an illustrated talk.

Runs until 2nd March. Free admission. All welcome.


Reports of a Crash: Fergus Sweeney

Mayo filmmaker, Fergus Sweeney, was the successful recipient of the Film Mayo Creative Ireland Residency Award in partnership with Ballina Arts Centre. Film Mayo is a Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council initiative.

On the 14th March 2017, Fergus was setting in for a quiet evening as an Irish coast helicopter came into ear shot when it passed over his home village of Blacksod. Moments later that helicopter would crash.

A search for the missing crew would last 42 days and Fergus would find himself reporting on the tragedy for the duration of the search.

As part of the first Film Mayo Residency Award Fergus is now making a feature length documentary focused on telling the story through a series of interviews with local Erris people who found themselves very much affected by the tragedy and resulting 42 day search.

As part of this residency Fergus will hold an exhibition of photography, as well as giving a talk on his experience reporting those events at the time and his plans for the forthcoming documentary.

More Info: www.filmmayo.ie

 Runs until 2nd March. Free admission. All welcome.

For more information on upcoming events in Ballina Arts Centre. visit www.ballinaartscentre.com, or call the box office on +353 (0) 96 73593.

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