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All you need to know about IMBOLC!

  • 8 January 2020
All you need to know about IMBOLC!

IMBOLC International Arts Festival is a fantastic ten-day celebration of music, arts and culture set in Derry’s new Cultural Quarter in Great James Street, and other locations throughout the city.

It is the perfect excuse to visit the Walled City of Derry~Londonderry and enjoy one of the many events taking place, while also checking out all the city has to offer. 

Since the festival first took flight just five years ago, it has received international recognition and a national reputation as a festival of renown. This year IMBOLC are back with another fabulous programme showcasing a host of artists from around the world.

The commissioning of new work from established artists and from the amazing breadth of emergent creative talent in the country today is one of IMBOLC Festival’s priorities. This provides the organisers the opportunity to present innovative new work, and with the development of two new orchestras, IMBOLC Orchestra and IMBOLC Youth Folk orchestra, exciting opportunities to engage young musicians.

With a programme that cuts across traditional artform boundaries IMBOLC 2020 showcases leading artists, musicians, writers, and cultural activists in talks, screenings, exhibitions and writing over the 10 days of the festival.

This year's festival will see a mixture of film, music, dance, art trails, music and acting workshops, amongst a host more. 

Find out more about IMBOLC here. 

Download the programme here. 




No Other Word For It - an immersive installation combining music, sculpture, light, text and video mapping by Ailís Ní Ríain. Don't miss this opening event of Imbolc International Arts Festival on Sunday 26 January at 3pm. No Other Word For It takes as its starting point the question of ‘tradition’ in both classical painting and sculpture, and traditional and classical music. The installation includes a new composition by Ailís Ní Ríain which combines classical and traditional music featuring performances by leading Irish and British musicians. https://tinyurl.com/vk8z9ny Funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland & PRS Foundation @artscouncilni @PRSFoundation @dcsdcouncil @whatsonderrystrabane #ArtsCouncilofNorthernIreland #ACNISupported #Arts #ArtsNI #visitderry #derrycity #whatsonds #imbolcfest #VisitDerry @visitderry

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Tin-Whistle workshop with Kieran Munnelly Kieran Munnelly is a young flute/whistle player and percussionist hailing from the West of Ireland and is a founding member of the David Munnelly band. Kieran released “In Safe Hands” with Aidan O Donnell (TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2010) to critical acclaim, and most recently recorded a flute trio album with Niall Keegan, Philippe Barnes and Piano player Ryan Molloy, under the group name Flunked. He continues to work on the live circuit with some of the freshest talent on the Celtic/folk/roots scene including Irish music band Project West. Despite basking amongst the success of today’s best known traditional musicians, Kieran has by no means reached the peak of his career. He will go on to influence a generation to follow. @artscouncilni @dcsdcouncil @whatsonderrystrabane #ArtsCouncilofNorthernIreland #ACNISupported #Arts #ArtsNI #visitderry #derrycity #whatsonds #imbolcfest #VisitDerry @visitderry

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Button Accordion workshop with Danny O’Mahony Danny O’Mahony is a traditional musician from Ballyduff in North County Kerry. He grew up playing music with the older generation of musicians in his locality. His late father Mick had a very positive influence on Danny as a young child and nurtured his keen ear and interest in traditional Irish music. Both imaginative and fearless in his interpretation, Danny’s musical style is expressive and deeply personal, and reflects his affinity with the music of past masters. @artscouncilni @dcsdcouncil @whatsonderrystrabane #ArtsCouncilofNorthernIreland #ACNISupported #Arts #ArtsNI #visitderry #derrycity #whatsonds #imbolcfest #VisitDerry @visitderry

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SINGING FOR FUN FOR 7-11 YEAR-OLDS with Maurice Kelly In the weeks leading up to the festival Maurice Kelly will work intensively with school children from across the city – introducing them to the joys of choral singing. They will explore the most versatile of instruments: the human voice. During the workshops participants will have great fun discovering ways in which our voices can be used to provide melody, harmony and percussion. The aim will be to create a vocal and percussion ensemble for a showcase performance on Monday 3 February, with musical support from Jack Warnock Music (guitar) and Moya Sweeney (bodhran). More info: https://tinyurl.com/v7tytmn If you wish to sign your school group up for these workshops, please email peter@imbolcfestival.com

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Lifelong Learning at @imbolcfest #2: An introduction to Irish traditional music with Maggie Maguire Maggie Maguire is a traditional Irish fiddle player and teacher from Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh. From a stylistically-reputed family of musicians, she has achieved various All-Ireland competition awards, and has appeared on several Irish and international television and radio programmes, including TG4’s Geantraí and BBC’s Blas Ceoil. She studied Music to degree and Masters Level under Dr. Liz. Doherty at the Ulster University, Derry City (UU). Leader of the 2014 All-Ireland-winning Knockmore Céilí Band, she has broadcast with them in the 2015 TG4 series Stair na mBannaí. She has performed with artistes including Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, and Liz Doherty and Fiddlesticks. She has played in Ireland and abroad with CCÉ’s Tour across Ireland, in Britain and America, and at festivals including including Ar Ais Arís (Co. Donegal), Tonder (Denmark), Dolans’ (Co. Limerick), Celtic Colours (Canada) and Celtic Connections (Scotland). https://tinyurl.com/yzu33887 @artscouncilni @dcsdcouncil @whatsonderrystrabane @visitderry #ArtsCouncilofNorthernIreland #ACNISupported #Arts #ArtsNI #visitderry #derrycity #whatsonds #imbolcfest #VisitDerry

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