This years Shorelines Arts Festival returns to the lakeside town of Portumna, just 10 mins from Fuchsia Lane Farm, for 4 days at the end of September. This annual festival offers a range of Theatrical, Literary, Musical and Visual Arts experiences that will offer something to suit everyone.
Theatre programme highlights include ‘Before’ by Fishamble: The new Play company, written and performed by Pat Kinevane, winner of Herald Archangel Award 2019 Edinburgh, ‘Arán agus Im’ with Manchán Magan featuring insights into the wonders of the Irish language food and local Irish food, with freshly baked sourdough and delicious butter churned by the audience.
Musical highlights include the iconic band Scullion and the contemporary sound of ZoDoMo, comprising the acclaimed traditional muscian Máirtín O’Connor with Zoe Conway and Donal Lunny
The Visual Arts Programme include the Shorelines Art Exhibition running for two weeks at the Gallery at the Workhouse.
Full details and online booking can be found at shorelinesartsfestival.com/
Alternatively, download the festival programme here shorelines_2019_festival_brochure
Portumna Forest Marathons
Portumna is a small town in the heart of rural Galway, just 10 mins drive from Fuchsia Lane Farm. The name Portumna comes from the Irish word Port Omna, meaning the landing place of the oak tree. So not surprisingly, perched on the edge of the quaint little town is a magnificent 450 hectacres of coniferous woodland of Scots Pine and Norway spruce. Portumna Forest Park is also home to a whole host of animals including Fallow deer and the red Squirrel. Every June, the agility of the wild animals in their natural habitat is mimicked by the ‘best of the best’ of distance runners from all over Ireland. In recent years participants have come from all over the world in their quest to find the ultimate Ultra marathon.
For more information and online entries visit http://www.forestmarathon.com/index.html
Halloween Mid Term Break Terryglass
Thinking about your Halloween Mid Term Break? Each year the Derg Inn holds its now famous Fancy Dress Party night. This years event takes place on Sunday Oct 25th and once again it will be fantastic night with amazing costumes and a fantastic party atmosphere.
We will be offering special rates for those who wish to stay with us that week so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are interested. There will be other events also that week so stay posted for further updates!
The local area has loads of things to do for the Halloween Mid Term break. Try Horse-riding, downhill biking, water sports, karting, golf, walking, relaxation and of course fine dining!
Portumna’s Shorelines Arts Festival, Sept 17 to the 20th, now in its 8th year, is recognised as East Galway’s premier boutique arts festival. As well as nurturing local talent and providing a platform for performance and exhibition, Shorelines stages the best of Irish theatre, music, art, film and literature.
Shorelines 2015 will feature readings by authors Joseph O’Connor
and Paul Kingsnorth
. They will be joined by poets Grace Wells
, Louis dePaor
and poet and writer John MacKenna
and a feast of words is guaranteed. Grace and John will both facilitate writing workshops
in poetry and prose.A special Yeats event to celebrate Yeats 150
will include a lecture from well known poet and scholar, Bernard O’Donoghue
. You are also invited to nominate your Shorelines Yeats Poem
for the Yeats 150 event. A selection of those nominated will be featured at the festival.For music fans, Shorelines plans to stage performances from renowned Mary Coughlan
, the up and coming Lost Brothers.
Local musicians and songwriters will feature too. Shorelines welcome RTE Radio 1
to the 2015 festival where a live recording of the much loved Sunday Miscellany
is scheduled featuring voices and talents of local and not so local talent.Drama comes from Fishamble’s
new show Underneath
as well as Curlew’s
show The Muse & Mister Yeats.
Local drama group The Half-Day Thursday Group
will stage Kent R. Brown’s Seduction of Chaos.
For the family, events include a 2-day programme of Street Theatre from Circus Outside The Box,
Creative Writing with Betsy Cornwell
, The Barbara Kennedy Writing Awards, a Flea Circus from PigNut Productions
, Face Painting, Story Telling and Little Gem Puppets
Shorelines will also feature a Minecraft/Lego Workshop during the festival. And young singer/songwriters and musicians will take part in café sessions and recitals throughout the weekend as the festival enjoys giving emerging talent a platform to perform.The Gallery at the Workhouse will again host visiting and local artists at the Shorelines Arts Exhibition. Among the talks and demonstrations planned are talks with artist Aideen Monaghan and photographer Mark Granier and a bead making demonstration with Mags Mannion. Exhibitions from invited artists include, to date: Galway Print Studio, John Brennan, Aideen Monaghan, Mark Granier and Frank O’Sullivan.Heritage Boats of Ireland also plan to visit Portumna during Shorelines 2015. They will bring 30 heritage boats to Portumna’s Lough Derg, adding colour and atmosphere to the festival.Shorelines Shorts 2015 will feature a loop of short drama films on the theme of Childhood and a loop of documentaries on Changing Ireland. All are guaranteed to entertain and delight.
Other regular events include the annual Nicholas Treacy Recitation Competition, which will test the reciting skills of the entrants who must learn a recitation written prior to 1937.
New programme additions include early morning sessions of Yoga, titled: Golden Apples of the Sun
and a workshop on Botanical Art.
Local archaeologist, Christy Cunniffe
will launch a photo exhibition based on medieval carved heads. Portumna Vintage Club
are planning a day at the Festival too. Finally, all of the businesses in the town are invited to decorate their windows to complement the festival.Check out our Facebook page for further updates: www.facebook.com/shorelinesartsfestival