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Leaves Literary Festival 2016

The 2016 Laois Leaves Festival celebrates the diverse rich talent in today’s literary, film and music scene.

9th November to 13th November 2016

An intimate evening of readings and music at the recently opened Library of Civilisation in Roundwood House, Mountrath features Peter Fallon and Vona Groarke of Gallery Press, joined by former Laois-Writer-in-Residence, Eoin McNamee and Musician, Colm Mac an Iomaire. This event will be chaired by Seamus Hosey and commences at 8.00pm on Friday 11th Nov.

The Dunamaise Arts Centre is the venue for Saturday’s events. Mary Ó Donnell conducts a Poetry Workshop. Arthur Broomfield’s collection of poetry, “Cold Coffee at Emo Court” will be launched. This is followed by an Open Mic Event. A one week’s residency at the Laois Arthouse apartment will be awarded to the most compelling presentation at the Open Mic event. The book launch and Open Mic commence at 3.00pm and admission is free.

The crime fiction night at the Dunamaise Arts Centre is much anticipated and features writers Louise Phillips, Niamh O Connor, Andrea Carter and visiting Norwegian, Thomas Enger. Music is by Rachel Clancy and the evening is chaired by Sean Rocks presenter of Arena, Radio 1. This commences at 8.00pm.

Children and young people’s events include a visit by Oisín McGann and Dave Rudden. The scheduled film is In the Heart of the Sea which is inspired by Melville’s great novel Moby Dick. Theatre includes a family love story, called, “Minding Frankie”, by Maeve Binchy and a classical music concert in the Church of Ireland, Portlaoise featuring Anneleen Lenearts(Harp) and Dionysis Grammenos(Clarinet).

Welcome to the Laois Leaves Festival and we look forward to sharing some of the magic that is in store.

Booking Box Office: 056 8663355 or online at www.dunamaise.ie
 

Summertime Swing
Offaly County Council Choir will be joined by Council Choirs from Kildare and Meath for a charity night of choral music and song. Enjoy a fusion of classical and pop music by a variety of choirs and performers.
Time: 31st May 2018 at 7:00 pm
The Classic Beatles: The White Album Anniversary Tour

Time: 26th May 2018 at 8:00 pm


SHAKEFEST
A fun family festival focusing on cultural art and dance in the beautiful surroundings of Charleville Castle. There are activities, performances and workshops for toddlers, children and adults. Drama, circus, dance, storytelling through music even textiles.
Time: 26th May to 27th May 2018
SHAKEFEST
A fun family festival focusing on cultural art and dance in the beautiful surroundings of Charleville Castle. There are activities, performances and workshops for toddlers, children and adults. Drama, circus, dance, storytelling through music even textiles.
Time: 26th May to 27th May 2018
Paul Harrington
Rock ‘n’ Roll Kid, Eurovision Song Contest 1994 winner, Paul Harrington is no stranger to the stages in Ireland. We’re delighted to welcome him to Birr for what promises to be a very special concert.
Time: 25th May 2018 at 8:00 pm
The Nightmares of Mullaroe
Written and Directed by Shane Nestor and performed by the theatre company ACT UP, The Nightmares of Mullaroe is a play about a German musician and her brother who have returned to sell the Irish estate where their mother was murdered thirty years before.
Time: 19th May 2018 at 8:00 pm
Midland Drama School: Snow White
Following the huge success of last year’s production, Midland Drama Schools is back, staging their very own Snow White. A classic fairytale, with a twist, Snow White will have you both dancing and laughing in your seats!
Time: 18th May 2018 at 7:30 pm
Film@BirrTheatre – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (Bealtaine Film)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose, is an exploration of the limits of racial tolerance disguised as a romantic comedy. Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn lead an all star cast.
Time: 15th May 2018 at 8:00 pm
Singfest Community Come and Sing
The Community Come & Sing is a mass-participation, inclusive singing event. On the day singers will be joined by our artistic director and world renowned conductor Greg Beardsell (Irish Youth Choir, National Youth Choir of GB, & Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland), the
Time: 13th May 2018 at 10:00 am to 6:30 pm


Singfest Community Come and Sing
The Community Come & Sing is a mass-participation, inclusive singing event. On the day singers will be joined by our artistic director and world renowned conductor Greg Beardsell (Irish Youth Choir, National Youth Choir of GB, & Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland), the
Time: 13th May 2018 at 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
Don Baker and Rob Strong
Two of Ireland’s best ever Rock/Blues musicians have recently recorded an album and will tour Ireland with a 5-piece band in 2018. Don Baker is a prolific singer/songwriter/musician with two Number One hits - Winner in You and Inner City.
Time: 11th May 2018 at 8:00 pm
X FACTOR – BRING YOUR SOUND- AUDITIONS
T.N.T Promotions and Liberty Entertainment have teamed up with the production team from X Factor UK to bring you X Factor Open Mic Nights Live. Auditions open for everyone 18yrs and over singers/karaoke , singer/songwriters , and singer/musicians also its important to
Time: 9th May 2018 at 8:30 pm
Film@BirrTheatre – The Party
Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. The guests arrive at their home in London but the party takes an unexpected turn for the
Time: 8th May 2018 at 8:00 pm
Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra presents Music in May
Featuring Irish Midlands Youth Orchestras, Scoil Mhuire Tullamore Choir, IMYO Trad Ensemble, Lakeland Orchestra and Vltava String Quartet. A wonderful musical treat for Tullamore.
Time: 6th May 2018 at 7:00 pm


Slieve Bloom Walking Festival 2018
Why not join Ireland's longest running walking festival - the Slieve Bloom Walking Festival, with a great choice of walks over 3 days on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
Time: 5th May to 7th May 2018


Birr Festival of Music and Voice
A superb musical festival with an envious programme featuring talented renowned artists and upcoming artists including: Cara O'Sullivan, Finghin Collins & John Finucane, The Trench Award Finalists 2018, Mezzo-Soprano Carolyn Holt with a special recital in the Music Room
Time: 4th May to 7th May 2018
Slieve Bloom Walking Festival 2018
Why not join Ireland's longest running walking festival - the Slieve Bloom Walking Festival, with a great choice of walks over 3 days on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
Time: 5th May to 7th May 2018


Birr Festival of Music and Voice
A superb musical festival with an envious programme featuring talented renowned artists and upcoming artists including: Cara O'Sullivan, Finghin Collins & John Finucane, The Trench Award Finalists 2018, Mezzo-Soprano Carolyn Holt with a special recital in the Music Room
Time: 4th May to 7th May 2018
Slieve Bloom Walking Festival 2018
Why not join Ireland's longest running walking festival - the Slieve Bloom Walking Festival, with a great choice of walks over 3 days on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
Time: 5th May to 7th May 2018


Birr Festival of Music and Voice
A superb musical festival with an envious programme featuring talented renowned artists and upcoming artists including: Cara O'Sullivan, Finghin Collins & John Finucane, The Trench Award Finalists 2018, Mezzo-Soprano Carolyn Holt with a special recital in the Music Room
Time: 4th May to 7th May 2018
Birr Festival of Music and Voice
A superb musical festival with an envious programme featuring talented renowned artists and upcoming artists including: Cara O'Sullivan, Finghin Collins & John Finucane, The Trench Award Finalists 2018, Mezzo-Soprano Carolyn Holt with a special recital in the Music Room
Time: 4th May to 7th May 2018
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