Friday 17 January 2020

Bonanza of culture shows Wexford has talent in abundance

Aoife Rose O’Brien and Georgina Nolte (Georgifa Duo) and Dean Bolger at the Rumble in St. Peter’s Square
Aoife Rose O’Brien and Georgina Nolte (Georgifa Duo) and Dean Bolger at the Rumble in St. Peter’s Square

Maria Pepper

Audiences were spoilt for choice on national Culture Night as the streets and venues of Wexford came alive with free performances of music, dancing, singing, theatre and even yarn bombing.

This year's call-out from the organisers of the country's biggest one-night only cultural bonanza, resulted in the most enthusiastic response yet from participating artists and performers in Wexford town with almost 40 separate events taking place on an Indian summer September night.

The non-stop programme designed to encourage more people to enjoy the arts, was proof, if any was needed, that Wexford is no shrinking violet when it comes to cultural talent.

St. Iberius Church was one of the indoor venues which rose to the occasion with a full evening of music and song featuring James and Rebecca Warren on violin and piano, a performance by the Wexford Sea Shanty Group, rousing turns by the HFC Concert Band and the Loch Garman Band, traditional fare from Ceoltóirí Munna Taghmon and uplifting songs from Castlebridge Gospel Choir and Le Chéile Choir.

The National Opera House opened its doors for a dazzling series of performances by Discovering Drama students, Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts, the Sheila Grace Dance Company, the Irish College of Music Theatre, Spring Moves Dance Festival, Cairde Choral Group, Ryan O' Donnell with his one man show Minutes to Minute, Wexford Guitar Ensemble and Wexford Light Opera Society.

Wexford Arts Centre hosted an inter-generational music and dance performance under the direction of Nick Day and Deirdre Grant and an eclectic Culture Night Cáca Milis Cabaret introduced by Helen Mulkerns along with a Wexford Camera Club changing projection show on the side wall of the Cornmarket building.

The Creative Hub was buzzing with visual art exhibitions, craft displays, poetry and music and the normally-silent Selskar Abbey resounded to the sweet voices of a capella group, Valda Choir who gave an open air performance.

Wexford People

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