In the Open | Faoin Spéir , the Arts Council funded programme which was developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis for 2021 continues to bring a variety of outdoor arts events that take place in public spaces around Ireland.
Offaly County Council & Birr Theatre & Arts Centre present - Spectacular Vernacular - Making the Ordinary Extraordinary, a series ofoutdoor events, workshops, performances, and happenings that focus on developing new creative networks and unique opportunities for artists to engage within the community.
As winter draws in and with it the darkness, The Dock, Carrick on Shannon have a very special treat for fans of classic horror. A screening the classic 1922 film Nosferatu over two nights with a live original score performed by local alt-folk band GreenBird.
GreenBird use piano, fiddle and voice along with some flute, looped percussion, and sound effects that they create in real-time. The eerie atmosphere of this movie inspired Mark, Cliodhna, and Mandi to create music that can at times be a bit scary, but the result is beautiful, accessible, and great fun!
Offaly County Council & Birr Theatre & Arts Centre present -
Spectacular Vernacular - Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Taking place between the towns of Birr, Tullamore, and Lough Boora Parklands Spectacular
Vernacular is a series of outdoor events, workshops, performances, and happenings that focus on
developing new creative networks and unique opportunities for artists to engage with our community. Spectacular Vernacular is bred from the black earth of the bog and celebrates the local, the ordinary and the mysteries of the colloquial. Much like vernacular architecture depends on utilising the phenomenon in its environs, Spectacular Vernacular emerges from the foundations of artistic cultures that already exist between our towns and in the County of Offaly.
Spectacular Vernacular examines the traditions of Offaly and its rural arcadia through the lens of the
contemporary practitioners who live there or artists and culturalists whose practice may be historically associated with the locale.
This unique project is a collaboration between the Museum of Everyone | Birr Festivals Collective |
Offaly County Council | Birr Theatre & Arts Centre | Tullamore Arts Centre & Lough Boora Parklands.
Spectacular Vernacular Launch - Nov 12th with a screening of Nigel Rolfe’s performance at
Lough Boora Bog in Birr Theatre & Art Centre from 2 pm with artists talk at 7 pm.
To launch Spectacular Vernacular renowned performance artist Nigel Rolfe will return to perform at
Lough Boora Parklands 10 years after his first residency in the boglands. Nigel Rolfe has been performing as a live artist for the last 4 decades. He has also worked extensively as an artist, curator and lecturer. Since 2008 performance has become his primary form of artistic expression. Major retrospectives of his work have been held at the Irish Museum Of Modern Art in Dublin and at the Musee D’Art Moderne de la Ville De Paris. He has exhibited in Dublin, Paris, São Paulo, Busan, Kwangju, and Venice Biennales and presented in numerous international art fairs. He is Performance Pathway Program Leader and Professor Of Performance at the Royal College of Art in London. Rolfe is concerned with art being a live and vital engagement. His performances are bodily acts and reminders of our presence in the here and now.
For full details of all upcoming workshops, projects and events visit - https://intheopenoffaly.ie/
If you would like to get involved or volunteer have any questions regarding this project email
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What’s on in Carrick-on-Shannon
At The Dock
An outdoor screening of the 1922 classic silent horror film Nosferatu with live score by Alt Folk band Greenbird.
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November at 6.30pm. Free admission. Tickets must be booked in advance on 0719650828 or online at https://www.thedock.ie/whats-on/nosferatu
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