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Culture Night in Laois

Published: 24th September 2015

Culture Night on Friday 18th September was a night to remember in Laois with a great selection of events happening throughout the county. The highlight of the night was a concert with acclaimed Irish Singer, Songwriter John Spillane, at the Arts Centre, Mountmellick.

John was joined on stage by students from around the county who took part in workshops led by the singer titled Songwriting in Laois”. John visited a number of schools in the county to encourage them to explore songwriting, with a focus on songs in Irish. The performance featured some of these students, and the work that they had created together.

Another highlight for families in Portlaoise at the Dunamaise Arts Centre was a Family Book Reading and Art Workshop called “The Adventures of Flopsy Hop the Rabbit in Origami Wonderland”. Offaly based designer, craft maker and ‘Maker of Magic’ George Dempsey Flanagan of Mojo Creations presented a very special fun filled event of Origami Magic.

Also near Portlaoise, a group of artists enjoyed a fantastic opportunity to paint outdoors on the Rock of Dunamase with leading landscape artists Jock Nichol.

Heritage House, Abbeyleix hosted a traditional Irish crafts evening with demonstrations in craft making and exhibitions of wonderfully creative work.

Relaxation and Art at Mount Henry Art Studio, Portarlington made for a really chilled out opportunity for people to enjoy art and meditation.

Other events included a plaque unveiled at the former Quaker Burial Ground in the Mountrath followed by a talk on the “Quakers in Laois”. A series of free tours at Emo Court and traditional nights were held at O’Dempseys GAA Club, Ballybrittas , Knock Hall in Spink and Portlaoise Comhaltas performed in the Library in Portlaoise. Lots of variety for all to enjoy.

For more information about Culture Night or to offer ideas for events in 2016 please contact: The Arts Office, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois

T: 057 8664033/13 E: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or W: www.laois.ie or visit the National Culture Night website www.culturenight.ie Culture Night was brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Laois County Council. An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta a dhéanann comhordú ar an Oíche Chultúir, i gcomhpháirt le Comhairle Chontae Laoise.

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