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Culture Night 2020

Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.
Traditionally Culture Night provides people with the opportunity to visit cultural venues and organisations, try new things and experience workshops and events that they may not have tried before and everything is free. This year, it will take place on Friday 18th September 2020 and it will be a very different event from previous years with most of our events going online.  Over the last number of months none of us have been able to visit an art exhibition, see a play or attend a concert but our writers, artists, musicians, performers and filmmakers have been working hard through this challenging time bringing lots of events to us online. Our venues such as Backstage Theatre and our many local artists, poets and cultural organizations have been carefully planning how they can invite us back to share that cultural wellspring.

Here in Longford a number of events are planned which can be viewed on Culture Night Longford 2020 Facebook and Creative Ireland Longford Facebook. The evening will kick off at 4.30pm in Ballymahon Community Library with the unveiling of a children's online art project by the Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Cllr. Paul Ross. During the lockdown children from around the county took part in an online art project The Spirit of Nature with local artist Úna Cahill. Úna has assembled all the work created by the children into a beautiful collage and she has also painted a picture inspired by the children's work which will be shown for the first time that evening. This exhibition will be on display in Ballymahon for the next three weeks and will then to travel to other libraries around the county. From 6pm Lumin-X a visual art installation curated by Shane Crossan will showcase the original work by a host of local artists, photographers, filmmakers and musicians. At 7.00pm you can tune in to one of Longford’s most successful and talented young singer songwriters KTG Katie Gallagher. Katie will be captivating us with her performance live of her own compositions from Ballymahon Library. Paul Hennessy and Evolution Stage School has as in previous years put together a great show of music, song, dance, spoken word and much more from the very talented students of the school but this year Paul has a really exciting show planned which will be streamed live from 8.30pm. The Mostrim Players in Edgeworthstown never fail to disappoint and throughout Covid 19 they have been keeping us inspired on their Mostrim Players facebook page. Tonight the Mostrim Youth players are planning an outdoor event of music, song, dance, and drama from 8-10pm. Finally the members of Longford Writers Group will be reading and sharing their favourite poetry and prose on Longford Writers group facebook page from 6pm.
All of the events are free and if you want more information you can log on to the following facebook pages Creative Ireland Longford or Culture Night Longford or tel Longford Library 0433341124 for more information.

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