re:CENTRING at Portarlington

Portarlington re:CENTRING 2022

-re:CENTRING Invites all to Explore & Enjoy the Arts: 7 Towns, 7 Artists, 7 Months

Celebrating a return for audiences to the arts in seven towns across Laois, Dunamaise Arts Centre is proud to present a major new project entitled re:CENTRINGa combination of free, live events between now and April 2022, led by artists and curators with origins in and strong connections to the county. re:CENTRING, which is funded by the Arts Council Initiative In the Open /Faoin Spéir, takes place in collaboration with Laois County Council Arts Office and Music Generation Laois. The next event will be hosted by Portarlington in partnership with the Port Art Festival on Sunday 12 December.

re:CENTRING Laois will bring a range of free arts events for one day 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. Maria Corcoran is the selected and exceptional performance artist curating the Portarlington re:CENTRING programme.

Music, Dance, Circus and Craic down at the Market Square from 12-8 on Sunday 12th. Live music throughout the day on the bandwagon with shows at 1pm and 3pm. Craft Fair and Art Exhibitions in the Parochial Hall all day.

Fire Show by Fireflies with Music Generation Laois at 4.30pm. This show will be repeated to allow for restricted audience capacity.

Childrens Luminaries Animation will then be projected onto the Market House (the old garage) until 8pm.

Look out for character sculptures and embroidery dotted around the square from the ‘Choir’ exhibition by Laois artist Ella de Burca, as well as stilt-walking, unicycling and Cosplay characters performing live street theatre.

All day people can view the exhibition: ‘Choir’ by Ella De Burca (Press Photographers Association of Ireland 2021)

There will also be an exhibition by Rebecca Deegan (in Parochial Hall)

Look out for Interactive Circus and Cosplay Characters entertaining people throughout the day.

Featuring Stephen McGinley, Tony Mahon, Angelica Santander; Masonicspoon, George McIntyre, Sasha McFloof, Chris “Lexi” Ward and Aid Kit Cosplay from CelticCon - Midland Comic Convention

From 5.30-8pm  ‘Children’s Luminaries’ - Animation Projection Show will feature a special looped animation of stories about the town and surrounding areas displayed on Market House. This animation uses drawings from the local school children of St. Patricks BNS and The Presentation Primary School.

In the Open/Faoin Spéir is a special funding scheme developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis to bring a renewed spirit of optimism and confidence in a fulsome return to the arts. The initiative will generate a sustained and curated programme of multi-disciplinary, inclusive, arts activities in public or open spaces in towns and communities around Ireland. Dunamaise is one of just sixteen such projects nationwide, awarded funding under this scheme.

Michelle de Forge, Director of Dunamaise Arts Centre, said:“We’re thrilled to be able to lead this innovative scheme in Laois together with our collaborators on re: CENTRING, Music Generation Laois and Laois County Council Arts Office. We’re excited to present a programme of innovative events for local audiences to enjoy in outdoor public places across seven towns - Stradbally, Abbeyleix, Rathdowney, Portarlington, Mountrath, Mountmellick and Portlaoise. We extend a warm invitation to all the community in each town to come and safely enjoy arts events again. We’re also delighted that the project will bring employment to the artists, curators, event and production managers involved, over the coming months”.

All events will be presented in line with current Government Guidelines and restrictions and capacities will be managed. Please follow instructions from festival stewards to ensure everyone’s health, safety and enjoyment of events on the day.

re: CENTRING 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.

Further info from 057 8663355

Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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