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25 May 2022

Laois arts arrive in Abbeyleix for awesome show

Laois arts arrive in Abbeyleix for awesome show

Celebrating the return of audiences to the arts, Dunamaise Arts Centre is proud to present the next stage of re:CENTRING Laois, which parks up in Abbeyleix, funded by the Arts Council’s Faoin Spéir/ In the Open initiative in collaboration with Laois County Council, on Sunday, April 3.

Taking place between 12 and 6pm, Abbeyleix will be transformed into a haven for the arts that will feature an extravaganza of FREE activities and performance for all to enjoy, led by curator Emily Kilkenny-Roddy.

The Main Square in Abbeyleix will be a hive of activities with performances by the towns inimitable folk group Abbeyfolk at 2pm, which will be followed by various performances by local groups including Laois Youth Dance Ensemble, Ohr Dance Company, Abbeyleix N.S. and Music Generation Trad Group. Local musicians Alannah and Jonathon Murray will take to the stage for sumptuous jazz tunes from 3.15pm and artist talks will take place at 3.45pm from Aileen Donovan and Abbeyleix FETC.

More music will be performed by Brian Killeen and Shadybird from 4pm and at 4.30pm, an amazing performance by dance artist Sibeal Killeen, with accompanied by Goitse supergroup founders and members Áine McGeeney and Colm Phelan will have the audience astounded which will be topped off with Afro Brazilian dance performance by Criola Dance at 5pm.

Yoga workshops will take place at The Mind & Body House which will feature live accompaniment by percussionist Dale McKay and harpist Siobhan Buckley.

Between 2 and 6pm there will be a series of basket weaving workshops in the Community Gardens, run by Cathy Hayden and open for all to participate in.

Alongside the amazing entertainment on the day, there will also be an arts/crafts market and small food market in the main square as well as walkabout performances by circus artist Maria Corcoran of Circo Coranco.

re:CENTRING Laois has been bringing a range of free arts events across seven months, to open spaces and venues in seven towns across Laois including Stradbally, Abbeyleix, Rathdowney, Portarlington, Mountrath, Mountmellick and Portlaoise.

Curated by seven artists, who are leaders in their field of expertise, programmes in each town will feature a colourful mix of music, theatre, visual art, dance, poetry and film for all to enjoy. The artists curating the project include musicians Jack L and Siobhan Buckley, dancer Emily Kilkenny Roddy, poet Pat Boran, circus and street theatre artist Maria Corcoran, visual arts curator Kevin Kavanagh and filmmaker Ken Wardrop.

re:CENTRING Laois is a county wide arts initiative developed by Dunamaise Arts Centre, in partnership Music Generation Laois and Laois Arts Office and is funded by the Arts Council Ireland’s In the Open / Faoin Spéir programme and Laois County Council.

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