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: the main gallery on the 1st floor and the foyer gallery and new gallery on the ground floor. The main gallery 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 a similar number of 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.
Upcoming Film Events
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.
Upcoming Education & Community Arts Events
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 email@example.com
REMOTE PHOTO FESTIVALRemote Photo is a unique festival dedicated to photographers creating work in a remote or rural context. Based in Donegal, the festival is an invitation to the international photographic community to come together in a unique location, away from the usual distractions of large urban areas, but with its own bedrock of resilient artistic endeavour. Most photography festivals take place in major cities, but in reality they become a series of fragmented events spread across a sprawling area. Remote Photo resembles a music festival, where people from all walks of life come together to form a unique community of locals and visitors, during the festival’s core weekend.
Bealtaine Festival For Older People 2019
1st - 31st May 2019Bealtaine is an annual festival which celebrates and promotes creativity in older age during the month of May and is one of the highlights of the Cultural Services calendar. Bealtaine 2019 in County Donegal is part of a country wide celebration of creativity in older age. Throughout Bealtaine, Cultural Services works to bring a wide range of cultural and art events to our older generation in venues throughout Donegal. For more information about this event and other Bealtaine events in libraries, and Taobh Tíre centres, theatres, arts and community venues and in The Regional Cultural Centre contact your local library where you can collect a programme or download one here Bealtaine Programme-2018
The Best in Folk and Roots music from around the world, as part of the Earagail Arts Festival 2018. Thursday 12th July, 8pm Ceolchoirm le Ceol na Coille A feast of traditional Irish music featuring Jarlath Henderson, Hamish Napier, Bríd Harper, Tony O’Connell and Deirdre Scanlon. Friday 13th July, 8pm Ulaid & Duke Special Contemporary song writing and traditional music meet in this collaboration between folk super group, Ulaid, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Duke Special. Saturday 14th July, 1pm The California Feetwarmers A throwback to New Orleans, circa 1920, The Feetwarmers return to dust down old classics from The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers. Saturday 14th July, 8pm AN GRIANAN THEATRE Songhoy Blues Songhoy Blues from Mali – Aliou Touré, Garba Touré and Oumar Touré, have cultivated their own legendary status as contemporary ambassadors of West African music. Sunday 15th July, 2pm Mná na bhFidleacha - The Donegal Female Fiddlers 13 of the finest female fiddlers together for the first time. Sunday 15th July, 8pm KGB: Paddy Keenan (Bothy Band), Frankie Gavin (De Danann), Dermot Byrne (Altan) Three musicians synonymous with Irish music, both in their own individual right and as members of some of this country’s most famous traditional bands. Booking for all concerts An Grianán Theatre 00353 7491 20777 or www.regionalculturalcentre.com /www.eaf.ieRead More...
Wainfest is an annual week-long, countywide arts and book festival dedicated to children across Donegal. In 2018 the festival will run from the 6th until the 14th October. The term "Wain" is a local affectionate word used when talking about a small child (wee one). And we think it's a great fit for our festival that caters just for them! Since its inception in 1996 the festival has grown from strength to strength and is one of the highlights in the Donegal County Council's calendar of events. Wainfest plays a pivotal role for schools and home schoolers in the area allowing them to access the very best in children's performances. It's not just during school hours either! Beginning and ending with families at heart, in 2017 we organised 31 events across Donegal for families to enjoy. A grand total of 121 events were organised countywide and for the first time ever, we were delighted to bring you events every single day of the festival. A whopping 7106 wains joined us in celebrating our 21st year of bringing the very best in children's entertainment to Donegal in 2017. That's a lot of laughs! Check out our brochure to get an idea of what we got up to.Read More...
Bealtaine is an annual festival which celebrates and promotes creativity in older age during the month of May and is one of the highlights of the Cultural Services calendar. The theme of this year’s festival is Be Our Guest! Bealtaine 2018 in County Donegal is part of a country wide celebration of creativity in older age. Throughout Bealtaine, Cultural Services works to bring a wide range of cultural and art events to our older generation in venues throughout Donegal. During 2018 events will range from exhibitions, sean nós dancing, plays, storytelling, yoga, reminiscences sessions, historical walks and talks, computer classes, indoor bowling competition, chairobics, and Colour Me Beautiful workshops. Local talent will include Fergus Cleary, Patsy Cavanagh, Virgil Quinn and Aussie Bryson. The 21st Annual Bealtaine Festival Launch will be held in The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, on May 1st at 11.00am. The festival will be launched by Councillor Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council. Entertainment will be provided by Co. Donegal’s own Patsy Cavanagh. This will be followed by an excerpt from the Play ‘The Barber of Moville’ by Mockingbird Theatre Group. This play is on tour in barber shops throughout Co. Donegal during the 21st Bealtaine Festival. The launch of the 21st Annual Bealtaine Festival is hosted by the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to this free event. For more information about this event and other Bealtaine events in libraries, and Taobh Tíre centres, theatres, arts and community venues and in The Regional Cultural Centre contact your local library where you can collect a programme or download one here - Bealtaine-2018Read More...