The award-winning RCC building designed by MacGabhann Architects is one of the finest arts facilities in Ireland. It opened in 2007 and specialises in exhibitions, music, film and community arts. It is operated by Donegal County Council and receives annual funding from the Arts Council and Letterkenny Town Council.

 

“Letterkenny’s impressive new arts building places Donegal in an international context rather than on the periphery” The Irish Times

 “an amazing resource for the county, and has pursued an ambitious exhibition and education programme”. The Irish Times

Regional Cultural Centre

Port Road

Letterkenny

Co Donegal

MUSIC

The RCC is committed to music development and works in partnership with the VEC Donegal Music Education Partnership that is based in the building. As a result the RCC is home to the Donegal Youth Orchestra, Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Errigal Grove Orchestra, Junior and Youth Choirs and Errigal Singers.

The RCC Auditorium is a flexible intimate black-box space with great sound and acoustics, which seats 150 and can accommodate 250 standing. The Centre presents a select programme of local, national and international classical, jazz, traditional, world music concerts and youth rock gigs each year. Concerts are presented in association with a range of partners including Earagail Arts Festival, Music Network, Old Flattop, Colaiste Ailaigh (BEO), Goofs Gaff, Moving On Music, Donegal Chamber Music Society, Donegal Youth Services, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, and others.

FILM

The RCC has been involved in both digital media and film development and film screening since it opened in 2007. Local film development projects have included the Peace III funded North West Youth Film Festival in 2010 and the International Fund for Ireland funded Sharing Stories in 2011-2012, both in partnership with the Nerve Centre Derry. Both projects resulted in the production of a number of local community short films and animations, with the Sharing Stories project creating eighteen short films that may be viewed on a dedicated website www.sharingstories.ie

The RCC is a member of Access Cinema, it has good DVD screening facilities with surround sound and a large screen and holds public film screenings on an occasional basis. Public screenings and educational screenings are held as part of Foyle Film Festival and Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme in partnership with the Nerve Centre. Films are also shown as part of Bealtaine, Earagail Arts Festival, and Wainsfest festivals, and local films from the North West Film Archive and Sharing Stories are screened.

EDUCATION / COMMUNITY ARTS

The RCC has an extensive education and community arts programme .
It coordinates Bealtaine for Older People in Donegal in May of each year, which usually consists of over 100 events countywide including exhibitions, films, theatre, readings, storytelling, concerts, workshops and special projects in partnership with DCC Cultural Services, Age & Opportunity and others.
The RCC plays a significant role in a number of other festivals and events including One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month, Social Inclusion and Disability Awareness Weeks, and Culture Night. The Centre is also the venue for regular and ongoing workshops and events held by cultural, educational, community development and health organisations throughout the year. The RCC organises schools, children’s and family events in the Centre and countywide with a range of partners. It includes the annual Wainfest for children each October in partnership with DCC Cultural Services. Youth arts events in the RCC and countywide are organised with a range of partners such as Donegal Youth Services, Donegal Youth Council, Youthlink, YMCA, Letterkenny CDP and Donegal Travellers Project. Among the highlights of a wide-ranging youth programme is the Transition Year BEO Rock Music project led by Colaiste Ailaigh Letterkenny.

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  • Adamu Makinwa
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