Following a wonderful start to 2017 with Letterkenny Trad Week in January, Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny continues to organise a series of great events for Donegal audiences to enjoy. A varied programme in the coming weeks includes folk based and classical music concerts, a Palm d’Or winning film and two free photographic exhibitions.
The RCC has two great concerts by home grown and international acts over the coming weeks. On Friday March 31st, Sligo musicians Kieran Quinn and Seamie O’Dowd (Mairtin O’Connor Band, Christy Moore, The Chieftains) come to Letterkenny as part of their Melodic Reflection tour. The pair have been carefully crafting their own sound for over two years now. Best described as trad fusion, it also incorporates elements of jazz, blues and folk music. Two skilled musicians in their own right, neither of whom are in any way daunted by crossing musical genres at a moment’s notice, they have combined to produce a new and powerful musical force.
On Monday April 3rd the RCC has a solo recital by the acclaimed Paris based, Serbian born Ivan Ilić, one of the most talented and intelligent pianists performing on the international stage today. Recently praised by the New Yorker as an “adventurous pianist” who “likes his music on the brainy side,” Ivan Ilić is rapidly gaining a strong international reputation. A disciple of the legendary François-René Duchâble, Ilić has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London and the National Concert Hall Dublin. Both concerts start at 8pm and tickets priced €12 and €10 concessions can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 074 9120777 or online at regionalculturalcentre.com.
The RCC is delighted to present a film screening of ‘I, Daniel Blake’ (UK 2016) on Thursday March 23rd as part of the annual Foyle Film Film Festival Intercultural Programme organized by Nerve Centre Derry. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and best U.K film at the recent British Academy Film Awards, ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is the latest gritty drama by the brilliant veteran British Director Ken Loach. The film starts at 8pm, admission is €5, tickets can be purchased on the door on the night (there is no advance booking available).
The RCC’s two spring exhibitions both continue until Saturday March 25th. ‘Sire’, a significant exhibition featuring sculpture, large scale photographs and video by Dublin based Inishowen artist Maria McKinney, was first shown at RHA Dublin in September 2016. For eighteen months in 2015 and 2016 Maria worked with Dovea Genetics (a bull stud outside Thurles with 90 bulls producing semen in a controlled environment) to develop a body of work that explores the correlation between genetics in the development of beef and dairy cattle and how this might echo the prophesying function of the traditional corn dolly. Maria McKinney was shortlisted for the MAC International (Ireland’s biggest art prize) in 2014 and recently completed a residency at the UCD School of Science.
Letterkenny Photographic Club’s annual member’s exhibition features over eighty spectacular black & white and colour photographs on a wide range of themes. These include stunning portrait and landscape photography and some incredible detailed close-up images. Exhibition opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm (closed March 17th & 18th), admission is free and everyone is welcome.