Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine
Published: 8th October 2014
The latest edition of the Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine is about to hit the shelves locally. Now on its 22nd edition, this magazine has gone from strength to strength serving as a platform for a wide variety of cultural adventures across the Midlands.
The latest edition of the Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine is about to hit the shelves locally. Now on its 22nd edition, this magazine has gone from strength to strength serving as a platform for a wide variety of cultural adventures across the Midlands. Every artistic endeavour from dance to theatre, from poetry to painting, from sculpting to film-making is featured. Emerging artists in the Midlands are given a platform to talk about projects while established authors, playwrights and artists are busy making an impact nationally and internationally.
This latest edition welcomes a new editor in Vivienne Clarke and features writer Manchán Magan, who tackles the argument that the Midlands is not the cultural wasteland that it is perceived to be. Offaly readers will be interested in how Marina Carr’s play for children is being performed in Ireland for the first time by local drama group TADS , how singer Roesy is making it down under, what Paddy Slattery has to say about the Galway Film Fleadh, how a local feature film can get a general release and all about a new writers’ residency in Birr. There is much afoot in the other Midland counties with a profile on Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in Longford, Leaves Literary Festival in Laois and how Westmeath dance artist Robyn Byrne (cover image) is making it in London.
Packed with high achieving artists and projects, the Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine contradicts any suggestion that the midlands is a cultural wasteland between Dublin and Galway, as Manchán Magan points out; "ignore and disparage us if you must, but the true pioneers of the next generation of Irish arts are busy at work here, reimagining our creative futures"
The Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine is FREE and available from your local library, arts venue, local authority and selected shops/cafes across the Midlands. It is published by the Midland local authority Arts Offices, supported by the Arts Council, designed and printed by Brosna Press.