Music, arts and film in Birr

BIRR Theatre and Arts Centre have a busy weeekend ahead with music, art and film on show.

BIRR Theatre and Arts Centre have a busy weeekend ahead with music, art and film on show.

This Friday evening May 18 sees Ivan Ilic take to the stage.

Described by the New Yorker as an “adventurous pianist” who “likes his music on the brainy side,” Ivan Ilic is rapidly gaining a strong international reputation. Performing for his second time in Birr, Ivan is sure to captivate the audience again. Ivan started music studies at age 6 and gave his recital debut at 11. He took degrees in music and mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley before moving to Paris on a fellowship from the University where he was admitted to the esteemed Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris.

The National Day of Drawing in association with the National Gallery of Ireland takes place this Saturday May 19.

This will give people the opportunity to take part in a class and learn new skills in the basics of drawing. Facilitated by graphic designer, George Dempsey, National Drawing Day provides an ideal opportunity to encourage people to try their hand at drawing and sketching. A family class takes place from 2pm to 3pm and a Bealtaine festival event for older people takes place from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Booking is essential. n Tuesday May 22 the film club will host My House in Umbria. Adapted from William Trevor’s novella, My House in Umbria stars Dame Maggie Smith in an Emmy-winning role as Mrs Emily Delahunty, a British romance novelist living in Italy. For more information visit www.birrtheatre.com.