The Arts

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Mozart, Blues and Vialdi at The Model - Sunday Lunchtime

Added: 01/02/17 : 07:09:07

The Informal Music Afternoon (IMA) programme on Sunday 5th February will include Mozart's Piano Concerto in C major K 415, Vivaldi's cello concerto in A minor RV 421 and blues music.

Pianist Aileen Cahill, who has developed a considerable reputation both as a soloist and an accompanist is a native of Sligo, she will perform Mozart’s 13th piano concerto in C major which was composed for a subscription concert in Vienna.

There is a somewhat celebratory feel to the music which is scored for trumpets as well as horns, but it is also characterised by the many playful interjections from the soloist. Nicola Cleary will direct Sligo Baroque Orchestra.

Anna Houston, founder member of No Crows and involved in so much music-making of so many different kinds in Sligo will be soloist in a cello concerto by Vivaldi.

This short concerto in A minor is full of virtuoso  solo writing in the outer movements, and sad, lyrical languid melody for the cello in the slow movement.

James Fraher and David Whittredge play inspired blues tunes from the Mississippi Delta and Chicago, including originals in a traditional blues style. Together they can lay down a groove, taking their audience out onto the front porch or all the way down in the alley for some exciting blues right out of the great folk blues tradition of guitar and harmonica duos. In 2016 James and David performed at the Sligo Live Festival, Westport Rhythm, Roots & Blues Weekender Festival and the Castlebar Blues Reunion Festival.

IMAs are one of the nicest ways you could imagine spending a Sunday lunch.

The Gallery Café offers delicious temptations; there is a cabaret style set-up; and the music great.

Informal Music Afternoon Sunday 5th February at 1 pm, The Model, Sligo

Admission  €5   children free

The Model Cinema / Sligo Film Society Spring Programme

Added: 13/01/17 : 06:54:04

The Model Cinema which runs in partnership with Sligo Film Society - one of the longest running in the country – returns to it’s usual Thursday evening slot with a packed programme of the latest and best in international and independent film.

The spring season opens with the Polish/French drama ‘The Innocents’, set in a Warsaw convent just months after the end of WWII, a young French Red Cross doctor is approached to assist a group of nuns in a distressing state. Directed and written by veteran filmmaker Anne Fontaine, the film forms part a strong sub-stream in the programme of work by women or featuring leading female stories.

Following ‘The Innocents’ is Irish comedy/drama ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ starring up-and-coming actor Seana Kerslake in the title role and Mia Hansen Løve’s “Things to Come”, whose lead actor Isabelle Huppert had a bumper year in 2016 and was recently a winner at the Golden Globes.

There are further highlights from big-name directors such as Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winner ‘I, Daniel Blake’ from Cannes; Jim Jarmusch made a return to our screens with two films last year, the latter of these ‘Paterson’ is presented in the new programme starring hot property Adam Driver; Kenneth Lonergan also made a return with ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and is currently snapping up award nominations in this period known as the Hollywood silly season. Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, whose work has been shown previously at The Model, also feature this season with ‘The Unknown Girl’, which revels in a striking performance from lead Adèle Haenel. Andrea Arnold’s epic road movie ‘American Honey’ just fresh off the festival circuit brings an energetic number to the programme about a tale of rag-tag bunch of teen magazine hustlers trouping across the American mid-west.

At the other end of the scale, much notice has been bestowed on breakout film ‘The Childhood of the Leader’ from first-time director Brady Corbett. Based on a short story by Jean Paul Sarte it is the chilling story of the makings of a fascist leader, set amidst the backdrop of the Versaille Treaty negotiations. The spectre of war features in two further films Aleksander Sokurov’s fiction/documentary hybrid ‘Fancofonia’ which revisits the Louvre in Nazi occupied France and true story ‘The Fencer’, a redemptive account of Endel Nelis, a champion fencer forced to flee from Russian secret police who becomes a teacher and father-figure to traumatised students – mostly war orphans – at a remote Estonia school.  

Fans of comedy will not be disappointed either, quirky foster-father and son tale ‘The Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ is big-hearted and full of magic and rounding off the programme is Spanish family drama cum road movie caper ‘The Olive Tree’ which will bring the season to a close on 13th April.  

All screenings commence at 8pm and The Gallery Café is open beforehand serving small plates, wine and hot drinks. Individual tickets for each film are available from Sligo Film Society prior to each film or alternatively a full season pass can also be purchased. See our cinema page for more details

Full Spring programme listing:

Martina Hamilton is one of the Sligo exhibitors at Showcase 2017 Sligo's Leading Designers, Manufacturers and Craftspeople to Exhibit at Showcase 2017

Added: 13/01/17 : 07:23:21

Designers, manufacturers and craftspeople from Sligo, and across Connacht, will present their latest collections at Showcase - Ireland’s International Creative Expo which returns to the RDS from Sunday, 22nd to Wednesday, 25th January 2017 marking the 41st year of Showcase, one of Ireland’s largest international trade shows.

Connacht designers and makers exhibiting at Showcase include Sligo’s Martina Hamilton, The Tweed Project, Hearts of Galway and Hatman of Ireland from County Galway; Atlantic Equipment Project and The Glen Gallery; Artwood Ireland from County Leitrim; Mayo’s Carraig Donn and Foxford Woollen Mills; and Black Hen Designs and Ogham Wishes from County Roscommon. See full listings below

Showcase has established itself as a must-see trade event, attracting 5,300 buyers from Ireland and more than 20 other countries keen to view the latest collections from 450 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople across Fashion, Jewellery and Home & Giftware.  A particular emphasis is placed on new products to market, providing retailers with opportunities to discover and stock up on the latest design-led products, many of which are unique to the show. 


New for 2017 is TextISLE, an initiative focusing on the creative potential of Irish textiles in fashion and homeware. TextISLE is a collaborative project that brings together designers and producers to develop exciting new products which will be unveiled at Showcase 2017. An advisory panel of six experts has worked with Showcase in selecting the work; Deirdre McQuillan, fashion editor of The Irish Times; John Redmond, Creative Director of Brown Thomas; Karen Fleming, Director of the Research Institute for Art and Design at Ulster University; Angela O’Kelly, Head of Design for Body and Environment at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin; Alanna Gallagher, interiors journalist; and Catherine Condell, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed fashion stylists.

Participating in TextISLE are factories such as Wild Cocoon from Claremorris, County Mayo as well as Avoca, Emblem Weavers, Cushendale, Mourne Textiles and Magee, and acclaimed Irish fashion designers such as Peter O’Brien, Mariad Whisker, Emma Manley and Helen Steele among others. The results of the creative collaborations will be introduced at a vibrant and innovative presentation during the show, designed to excite and inspire the visiting buyers.

At the heart of the show, Design Ireland, the exciting new initiative from DCCoI, will feature 90 Irish brands chosen by an independent jury for their creativity, innovation and craftsmanship. All the products in this dedicated area of the Main Hall are designed and made in Ireland.

Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, commented: “The considerable growth in both attendees and sales at last year’s show demonstrates that Showcase is drawing increasing interest from trade buyers all over the world.  It is also a testament to the unique offerings of the Irish design and craft sector and to Showcase itself which we are are continually developing as a professional, world-class tradeshow focused on Irish creativity. Showcase provides a unique opportunity to connect hundreds of Irish designers and makers with potential domestic and international buyers over an intensive four-day period and, having brought a preview of the trade show to Brussels, London and New York in late 2016, we anticipate even stronger interest in this year’s event.”

Showcase is promoted internationally by Enterprise Ireland through their network of over 30 international offices. According to Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland: “Every year Enterprise Ireland helps promote Showcase to relevant international buyers and in 2017 we expect to bring even more buyers to this unique Irish event. We look forward to welcoming back buyers who are returning to Ireland to build on the success of previous buying trips to Showcase. We also look forward to welcoming new buyers from the traditional targeted retailers, and increasing numbers from high street retailers – reflecting the wide appeal of the unique, world-class Irish products available at Showcase. Our ambition is to help Irish consumer retail companies to win export orders from visiting buyers, sustaining and creating jobs in every region in Ireland.”

The Local Enterprise Showcase, which will fully occupy the balcony of the Main Hall at the RDS, will feature unique products from emerging Irish businesses supported by their Local Enterprise Offices. Kieran Comerford, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices said: "The Local Enterprise Showcase is the new destination for discovering design and craft talent for 2017. In this hub of creativity, buyers will meet 112 designers and craftspeople from around the country, all supported by Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities. We're also introducing the Local Enterprise Showcase Awards this year, to highlight Irish design innovation to buyers from all over the world."

For attendees wishing to expand their knowledge, an extensive retail seminar programme over the four days of the show will feature top international industry speakers delivering thought-provoking presentations that provide retailers with expertise, research and advice.

Showcase is a partnership between the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Showcase Ireland Events Ltd., with support from Enterprise Ireland in promoting the trade show internationally through their network of offices overseas.

Showcase 2017 runs from Sunday 22nd to Wednesday 25th January and is for trade attendance only. For further details on the event or to register to attend, please visit

List of Connacht exhibitors by county:

(Details on each exhibitor available at

          Martina Hamilton
·         Ó’Riain Pottery
·         Atlantic Equipment Project
·         The Glen Gallery
·         Lynda Gault Ceramics
·         Nature Saponified
·         Lani’s Surf Art
·         Cotton Hill Lane
·         Counties of Ireland Jewellery


·         Artwood Ireland
·         Roy Humpherys Woodturner
·         Jean Whitefield Jewellery


·         Bombyxmori Wearable Art
·         Julie Clarke Candles
·         Ciara Silke
·         The Tweed Project
·         Hatman of Ireland
·         Away with the Fairies
·         Adkot Boards
·         Rowan Beg Design Studios
·         Amilie Designs
·         Michael Kennedy Ceramics
·         MaysonBrook
·         Olyart Irish Souvenirs
·         Rí Na Mara, Irish Seaweed
·         Royal Tara Giftware
·         Lorraine Fletcher Art
·         Turnstone Ceramics
·         Canvas to Candle
·         PippaBlue
·         Lynsey de Burca
·         Hearts of Galway


·         Saileen D’Art
·         Wild Cocoon
·         Breege Walsh Designs
·         Corroy Trading
·         Carraig Donn
·         The Mood Designs
·         Irish Celtic Illuminations
·         WGP Wholesale
·         Alphabet Jigsaws
·         Heraldry Names
·         Rainbow Stained Glass
·         Big Leap Designs
·         Foxford Woollen Mills
·         Superfolk
·         Knight & Day Jewellery


·         Ogham Wishes/Bog Buddies
·         Black Hen Designs
·         Naomh Padraig Handcrafts
·         Willow Design & Publishing Ltd
·         Vera Gaffney Limited Edition Prints

Performance arts summer camps for Sligo

Added: 27/01/17 : 06:44:37

Children’s nationwide performing arts network Starcamp is to host summer camps in Mercy College Secondary School, Sligo from 3-7th July and Colaiste Muire Secondary School, Ballymote from 14-18th August.

Now in its 10th year and supported once again by banana importers Fyffes, the concept of the week-long camp is to build self-esteem in boys and girls aged 4-12 through song, dance, drama and games in a safe and non-competitive environment.

Interested parents can obtain further information on their website