The RCC Auditorium is a flexible intimate black-box space with great sound and acoustics, which seats 146 and can accommodate 240 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, Colaiste Ailaigh (BEO), Donegal Chamber Music Society, Donegal Youth Services, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, and others. The RCC is committed to music development and works in partnership with the ETB 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 Groove Orchestra, Junior and Youth Choirs and Errigal Singers. The music programme includes three major annual festivals, Letterkenny Trad Week in January, Distorted Perspectives on the May Bank Holiday Weekend and Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend as part of the Earagail Arts Festival in July.
The Regional Cultural Centre has three main exhibition spaces: Gallery 1 on the 1st floor and the foyer gallery and Gallery 2 on the ground floor. Gallery 1 caters primarily for national/international group exhibitions and major solo shows. The ground floor foyer gallery and new gallery cater mainly for local artists shows and community and education art exhibitions. The exhibition policy is deliberately broad and audience centred and the main aim is to offer local people and visitors a variety of high quality arts experiences that are likely to be of interest to them.
The RCC is also committed to exploring issues of local and wider interest through the medium of the exhibition. As a result there is a considerable variety of exhibitions including contemporary art, craft, design, architecture, education, social history, disability, and health. The Centre operates a continuous year-round programme of approximately six exhibitions in the main gallery on the 1st floor and ten exhibitions in the ground floor foyer gallery. The Centre curates and commissions new exhibitions and selects touring exhibitions and exhibition proposals consistent with this audience centred philosophy.
The RCC organises an education programme on an exhibition by exhibition basis and works particularly closely with the Secondary Level Donegal Art Teachers Association with whom it runs the annual Suil na nOg Junior Cent Art exhibition. The RCC also creates an annual large-scale, hands-on, art-room to accompany the Earagail Arts Festival exhibition each summer where visitors can find out more about the art in the exhibition and make their own artworks inspired by the show.
Upcoming Visual Arts Events
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. 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 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 screened as part of Bealtaine, Earagail Arts, and Wainsfest festivals.
Education & Community Arts
The RCC has an extensive education and community arts programme. This includes a wide range of weekly community arts activities organised by Cara House Family Resource Centre and others, and regular workshops and events held by cultural, educational, community development and health organisations throughout the year. The RCC coordinates the Bealtaine Festival for Older People in Donegal in May of each year, which consists of over 100 events 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 Social Inclusion Week and Culture Night. The Centre organises schools’, children’s and family events including the annual Wainfest for children each October in partnership with DCC Cultural Services. Youth arts events in the RCC are organised in partnership with Donegal Youth Services, Donegal Youth Council and Donegal Travellers Project including the annual DYS Rock School each summer.
Donegal Music Education Partnership
The DMEP are based in the RCC and the two organisations work closely together including the joint promotion of the RCC concert programme and the facilitation of the workshop programme to accompany the Music Network concert series.
DMEP offer group and individual tuition in a range of instruments This tuition is largely held in the network of schools, colleges and centres operated by Donegal Education and Training Board. The RCC is home to the Donegal Youth Orchestra, Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Errigal Groove Orchestra, Junior and Youth Choirs and Errigal Singers. For more info on music classes, music groups or Donegal musical life in general, contact Aisling or Martin at the DMEP on 07491 76293 or firstname.lastname@example.org
January 19th - 26thThe 6th annual Letterkenny Trad Week takes place in January 2020. The festival brings some of the world’s finest traditional musicians from Ireland, England, Scotland and the United States to Donegal.
July 11th - 14thEaragail Arts Festival & The Regional Cultural Centre present Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend A celebration of folk, roots & traditional music from around the world.