Great music, walking and talking at Sea Week 2019
On Saturday 19th Conamara Sea week ( 19th – 28th ) opens in style at Interface at Inagh – a new exciting arts facility founded by local artist Alannah Robbins featuring the work of Irish and International artists – some of who have been living in Conamara as part of an artist in residence programme.
The village of Letterfrack which is the focal point of the festival is situated at the foot of the Diamond Mountain and is the gateway to Connemara National Park. It is also adjacent to Kylemore Abbey surrounded by mountains and at the edge of the ocean. This is a fun packed festival celebrating our wonderful marine heritage, with tons of great music and buckets of fun for all the family.
This ten day multi layered event has the best of trad music on both weekends with some of Ireland’s finest musicians, including Charlie McGettigan, The Brennan Family, Greenshine and many more. Conamara Sea Week has an eclectic mix of cultural & sporting events such as kite and boat building workshops, competitions, art exhibitions, music & sean nos dance workshops, storytelling, film, soccer, concerts, pub gigs, family fun day complete with book fair, kite flying, and a mini boat regatta.
Throughout the week there will be a schools programme organised by ecologist Gordan D’arcy but undoubtedly the big event in the middle of the week will be the ‘After The Light’ parade, a dramatic ritual which celebrates creativity and learning in the light of fire, with all the five primary schools for the locality, GMIT Letterfrack, Youthreach, GRETB, the Crèches and the Brothers of Charity all taking part. The village goes dark and a light filled colourful parade goes through the village finishing up in the green space at the Connemara West Centre where giant fire Sculptures are lit. Making for a night of myth, magic and a hint of madness.
Thursday the 24th will feature lunch and music at Rosleague Manor. Later that day at 7pm in Veldon’s Seafarer, awarding chef Jonathan Keane of the Lodge at Ashford, will organise a community dinner. Places limited booking essential cost 35.
The bank holiday weekend will have great music, a brilliant art exhibition in the Connemara National Park and will end in style with a jazz lunch in the Seafarer at 1pm on the Monday featuring the amazing Paul O Driscoll Jazz Trio.
For further info please call 085 1154629 or check the website at www.ceecc.org.