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Carlow Arts Festival Announce 2019 Programme

Article by ERMurray © 24 April 2019.
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Carlow Arts Festival, the first big cultural event of the Irish Summer, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a host of events taking place in Festival HQ at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and VISUAL, as well as at local landmarks from 4 – 9 June 2019.

Visitors can immerse themselves in international and award-winning artistic adventures from Finland, Denmark, Spain, Catalonia, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and Ireland including festival premières, spectacular free performances, live music, visual art, family friendly events and virtual reality experiences. Visit www.carlowartsfestival.com for further information.

Carlow Arts Festival continue their work to ensure the arts are for everyone with over 80% of the events free to attend alongside a ‘Pick Your Price’ scheme for select events.

With a programme bursting with creativity, Carlow will come alive with:

MUSIC (Max Richter’s eight hour epic ‘Sleep’ performed in its entirety for the first time in Ireland, Irish National Opera, plus a fully free music programme at O’Hara’s Pavilion), FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS (Lords Of Strut: Absolute Legends, Finland’s Sisus Sirkus with Mosh Split, The Horsebox Theatre, Itinerània’s El Laberint, Sub Rosa and Sing Me To The Sea), VISUAL ARTS (ARTWORKS exhibition and Awards, You Arrre Seeing Things – the first exhibition of artists Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin De Burca’s work in Ireland, Dearly beloved we are gathered here today – a commission from Tom Watt and Tadhg McSweeney), DIGITAL AND VIRTUAL REALITY (Virtual Reality Film Festival, Graffiti Art Workshop, Chagall) and CHALLENGING REFLECTIONS (experiences from the makers of the international hit showgame The Money comes PIG, Crave #2 from Denmark which sees a one on one experience occur with a sex-worker and Our Carnal Hearts following sold out UK and US tours) alongside DANCE (Compagnie KAIROS from the Netherlands DELADANSE, and award winning artists Luke Murphy and Alex Pentek who collaborate on Carnivore).

Local participation is as strong as ever – SUGARTOWN, this years Saturday Night Spectacle, is a celebration of Carlow featuring music, dance and stories with a sweet edge (inspired by the old Sugar Factory) all topped off with a fireworks extravaganza! Made by acclaimed international Director Dina Abu Hamdan, with the people of Carlow. (Sat 8 June at 10pm)

Visit www.carlowartsfestival.com for the full programme and ticket details.


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com