2020 Online Programme

Note – All events will be taking place on our Facebook page and most events will be available after that on our Youtube Channel

Virtual Art Gallery

We put out a call to artists for submissions of fine art to share as part of our festival. In normal circumstances, these artists would have been paired with local cafes, restaurants and pubs to hang the work on walls throughout the village.

This year, we’ve made a virtual gallery to showcase some of the amazing local artists at work in our community. View the gallery here.

Thursday May 7th

Official Launch of Oranmore Arts Festival 2020

Thursday, May 7th at 6.40pm.

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Oranmore’s very own intergenerational choir have come together as a ‘virtual choir’ to ensure they remain connected during these different times. Enjoy their COVD-19 version of a well known American sitcom theme tune!

Thursday May 7th at 7pm

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If we can’t get to a gig in the village, we’ll just have to bring one into our sitting rooms! Ronan Trainor was behind the incredible #castleroadsessions gig at Oranmore Castle last Autumn. If you missed it, this is your chance to see this local talent perform a few songs for us.

Thursday May 7th 9pm.

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Friday May 8th

Not only did the wonderful people at Puzzle Theatre in Quebec, Canada, give us a performance to watch over the weekend of our festival they also shared a fun workshop which will encourage the children of Oranmore ( adults can try too!) to get creative and imagine everyday household items and objects as new puppets.  

And remember to share your creations across social media using the hashtag #oaf2020online 

http://www.puzzletheatre.com   

Friday May 8th at 12pm

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Puzzle Theatre, from Quebec in Canada, were all set to bring their show Plastique to Oranmore as
an Irish Premiere for the 2020 Oranmore Arts Festival. Their flights were booked, as was their
accommodation, and we were very much looking forward to presenting their beautiful show to our Oranmore audience until the Covid-19 scuppered all our plans.

We have rescheduled their visit to happen during our 2021 festival and they will present Plastique, as an Irish Premiere.

In the mean time they have very kindly shared one of their other show Ciel Variable / Variable Cloudiness for you to enjoy over the weekend of the festival.

Friday May 8th at 12.30pm

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Due to copyright the link to the full show is no longer available. You can view the trailer on Vimeo here

Rab Fulton is a storyteller, author of West of Ireland Folk Tales for Children, and lecturer based in Galway. He first graced our festival in it’s 1st year and we’re delighted to be welcoming him back. Rab is now posting up audio recordings of his adventure stories and poems for all the family to enjoy. For details of Rab’s work see: http://rabfultonstories.weebly.com/

First up – The Thief and the Thunderstorm.

Click here to listen to the recording – https://www.mixcloud.com/rabfulton/the-thief-and-the-thunderstorm/

Friday May 8th at 2pm

Cepta from Cookalicious is presenting a culinary arts segment for OAF 2020 using seasonal produce from Oranmore Community Garden to demonstrate a couple of simple recipes – the ingredients will be posted on the Facebook page on May 7th, in advance of Cepta’s demo on May 8th, so why not have a go at re-creating the recipes at home yourself!

Friday May 8th at 4pm

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There really is so much going on in Active in Age Oranmore that we had to make a video to show you. And… this is just the tip of the iceberg!! It is a pleasure to have their members involved in these challenging times.

Friday May 8th at 4.30pm

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The Pick Up’ was made for the Little Cinema 48 hour challenge in 2019. The team behind it were tasked to write, film, edit and submit within 48 hours. A Prop, the plastic toy used in the film had to be incorporated into their finished product . It had to be in a romantic style. 

Also, the line of dialogue “If it wasn’t for this damn smart phone you would know what happens next,” had to be incorporated into the finished film.   The team won the prize for best use of the line from all the films submitted.

Friday May 8th at 5pm

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Flamenco dancer and local resident Yolanda del Monte will be gracing us with a performance and teaching us all a few steps that we can all practice for 24 hours before returning with a live session Saturday night!

Friday May 8th at 7pm

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Brazco Coffee Academy in association with the Oranmore Arts Festival Online 2020 are delighted to announce ‘Virtual Open Mic Night’. Unlike traditional open mic events, this event will take place online due to the current ‘Stay at home’ restrictions.

We invite budding artists of all ages and talents to upload a recording of themselves performing a cover of a song of their choice. The public will get to vote and then the ultimate winner will be selected by legendary singer-song writer Luka Bloom at 9pm on Friday 8th May as part of the Oranmore Arts Festival.

The prize kindly sponsored by Brazco Coffee Academy is one month’s free coffee plus a hamper of vouchers for local Oranmore businesses.

Contact creative@oaf.ie to enter. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday 6th May.

Friday May 8th at 9pm

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Saturday May 9th

Story & A Craft

Join Suzanne O’Reilly of Babbling Bookclub for a story time session like no other. She’ll be followed by a crafting session with Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou. Suitable for little ones ages 2-6.

Saturday May 9th at 11am

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Following on from Suzanne Reilly’s brilliant story-telling session, Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou is going to run you through a fun add-on activity that you can do with young one’s at home.

Saturday May 9th at 11.20am

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Not only did the wonderful people at Puzzle Theatre in Quebec, Canada, give us a performance to watch over the weekend of our festival they also shared a fun workshop which will encourage the children of Oranmore ( adults can try too!) to get creative and imagine everyday household items and objects as new puppets.  

And remember to share your creations across social media using the hashtag #oaf2020online    

Saturday May 9th at 12pm

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A festival highlight- the Literary Lunch event will feature Nuala O’ Connor, Gerard O’ Brien, Paul Mc Mahon, Michelle Coyne and Demi Anter.

These writers, who were due to read at the Literary Lunch event in Oranmore Castle over the weekend, will be reading online from a selection of their recent works loosely based around the central Galway 2020 theme of Language, Landscape and Migration

Saturday May 9th at 1pm

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Rab Fulton is a storyteller, author of West of Ireland Folk Tales for Children, and lecturer based in Galway. He first graced our festival in it’s 1st year and we’re delighted to be welcoming him back. Rab is now posting up audio recordings of his adventure stories and poems for all the family to enjoy. For details of Rab’s work see: http://rabfultonstories.weebly.com/

On today – Sandy and the Unicorn

Click here to listen to the recording – https://www.mixcloud.com/rabfulton/an-adventure-story-for-children-sandy-and-the-unicorn/

Saturday May 9th at 2pm

Puzzle Theatre, from Quebec in Canada, were all set to bring their show Plastique to Oranmore as
an Irish Premiere for the 2020 Oranmore Arts Festival. Their flights were booked, as was their
accommodation, and we were very much looking forward to presenting their beautiful show to our Oranmore audience until the Covid-19 scuppered all our plans.

We have rescheduled their visit to happen during our 2021 festival and they will present Plastique, as an Irish Premiere.

In the mean time they have very kindly shared one of their other show Ciel Variable / Variable Cloudiness for you to enjoy over the weekend of the festival.

Saturday May 9th at 3pm

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Due to copyright the link to the full show is no longer available. You can view the trailer on Vimeo here

Avital’s Young Composers have been busy practicing and composing from home- join them on Saturday to hear some of Oranmore’s finest young pianists perform their very own compositions just for you.

Saturday May 9th at 4pm

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Bualadh Bos, Oranmore’s Drama Group, would have been involved in the 2020 Oranmore Arts festival and were busy rehearsing to perform some one act plays when the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to their rehearsals.

However, they were also rehearsing I do not like thee Dr Fell, by Bernard Farrell, at the same time which they were due to stage after the festival. We asked them if they would like to do a recording someway and share it with the people of Oranmore. This is an extract and, all going well, Bualadh Bos will perform the play in full when things return to normal.

Saturday May 9th at 6pm

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Time to out those steps we learned yesterday to the test with some Living Room Flamenco. Yolanda will be live on Zoom for a virtual dance session. Pop a flower behind your ear, put on some heels and let’s dance!

Saturday May 9th at 7pm

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Oranmore Arts Festival are delighted to announce that renowned singer/songwriter Ultan Conlon will headline this year’s festival. Performing tracks from his newly released third album ‘There’s a Waltz’, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Join in online for a chance to win a copy of Ultan’s new album ‘There’s a Waltz’

Check out www.ultanconlon.com for more of his music.

Saturday May 9th at 9pm

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Inspired by a recent gathering on a street in Bluebell Woods, the Oranmore Arts Festival started to think of ways that we can come together as a community, while staying 2 meters apart.

We have heard examples of this happening in and around Oranmore during the lockdown with weekend bingo being played in Costa Na Mara and other such social distancing events.

So… we’re asking you to get the kids to bed, then bring out your chairs, maybe light candles in your driveway, or onto your balcony, and have a socially distant night out, but apart, with your neighbors. Bring your phone and speakers with you to listen to Ultan Conlon while you chill out.

Saturday May 9th at 9pm

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Sunday May 10th

Not only did the wonderful people at Puzzle Theatre in Quebec, Canada, give us a performance to watch over the weekend of our festival they also shared a fun workshop which will encourage the children of Oranmore ( adults can try too!) to get creative and imagine everyday household items and objects as new puppets.  

And remember to share your creations across social media using the hashtag #oaf2020online    

Sunday May 10th at 11am

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Or… Watch the event through our Youtube channel here

Our very own, Corinna Maguire from Lovin’ from the Oven.ie was originally going to create an over the top edible woodland archway to help celebrate the Oranmore Arts Festival. But, as we’re now going online and social distancing – she has offered to show us how
to make some very fun, simple and cute woodland cupcake toppers! She’s even put together a nice printable template and giving a list of ingredients and tools to make it even easier for you to recreate at home!

Sunday May 10th at 12pm

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Rab Fulton is a storyteller, author of West of Ireland Folk Tales for Children, and lecturer based in Galway. He first graced our festival in it’s 1st year and we’re delighted to be welcoming him back. Rab is now posting up audio recordings of his adventure stories and poems for all the family to enjoy. For details of Rab’s work see: http://rabfultonstories.weebly.com/

On today – Adventure Poems for Children

Click here to listen to the recording – https://www.mixcloud.com/rabfulton/adventure-poems-for-children/

Sunday May 10th at 1pm

The amazing Suzanne Clarke, Leadership & Wellbeing Coach and
Yoga Teacher will be gracing our screens to bring us a family yoga session that will work our bodies and minds. Fingers crossed we’ll all be out on our lawns in the sunshine for this one!

Sunday May 10th at 2pm

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Puzzle Theatre, from Quebec in Canada, were all set to bring their show Plastique to Oranmore as
an Irish Premiere for the 2020 Oranmore Arts Festival. Their flights were booked, as was their
accommodation, and we were very much looking forward to presenting their beautiful show to our Oranmore audience until the Covid-19 scuppered all our plans.

We have rescheduled their visit to happen during our 2021 festival and they will present Plastique, as an Irish Premiere.

In the mean time they have very kindly shared one of their other show Ciel Variable / Variable Cloudiness for you to enjoy over the weekend of the festival.

Sunday May 10th at 3pm

Watch this event here our Facebook page

Due to copyright the link to the full show is no longer available. You can view the trailer on Vimeo here

While concerts and rehearsals have stopped during lockdown, many choirs and orchestras around the world have experimented with virtual performances as a way of making music together.

Over the festival weekend we will showcase some of the virtual choir offerings created in Galway during lockdown, including performances from St Nicholas Virtual Voices, NUIG Alumni choir, GMIT voices and Tribetones.

Sunday May 10th at 4pm

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Oranmore based sopranos Helen Hancock and Eleanor Leadbetter will bring us a virtual concert, covering various musical genres, and culminating in a beautiful duet performed from their separate homes!

Oranmore soprano Helen Hancock is in her fifth year of vocal studies with Owen Gilhooly and UK based Christine Cairns. She enjoys performing regularly in recital in Dublin, Galway and Limerick and recently won the Oratorio Cup at Feile Luimnigh.

Eleanor Leadbetter is originally from the UK, and studied singing there with John Powell and Ashley Stafford. Since  moving to Oranmore she has mainly sung in an ensemble setting, but in the UK she performed regularly as a soloist for choirs and orchestras including the Manchester Camerata and the English Baroque choir.

Sunday May 10th at 6pm

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We had big plans for a way to close our 2020 festival but they’ll have to wait until 2021! However, before we drift off to the land of nod with our minds filled with creativity, Oranmore Arts Festival would like to invite you to take part in a Flashmob with a difference.

During the Dukes of Hazzardzzzz event we are asking people to switch on their hazard lights for about 15 minutes and create a silent stir in the streets and housing estates around Oranmore. Our plan is to catch this spectacle from above by flying a drone to record the event.

We would also ask you, while keeping a safe 2 meter distance, to have a chat with your neighbours and capture and share your own flashing street using the hashtag #oafonline2020

Sunday May 10th at 9.30pm

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We will upload a video to the reaction to this event REAL soon!!