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.
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
The 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.Read More...
Sneaks,Secret State & Shammen Delly Friday 3rd May Doors 10pm - late (€8)Sneaks (U.S.A.)From the Washington DC punk scene Sneaks has both the punk spirit and a pop & hip-hop sensibilities. Flashes of Robyn, Nirvana, M.I.A., Lil Mama, and Aaliyah.Secret State (U.K.) Armed with a Juno-60, TR-808, a head full of paranoid conspiracy theories and youtube facts, Secret State are producing bursts of skewed 313 energy from a parallel dimension.Shammen Delly (Ireland) Ambient Live Electronica and Surreal Soundscapes from the Buncrana native Aengus Friel.THE UNKNOWNFilm Screening with Live SoundtrackSaturday 4th May8pm (€5)Tod Browning's silent horror film with a new, psychometrically recalibrated musical score performed live by THE KITSCH GEHENNA.Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) & MalojianSunday 12th May 8pm (€15 / €12)Lead signer and songwriter with American indie rock band Grandaddy. Created a technological dystopian classic with 2000’s The Sophtware Slump, shared stages with Elliott Smith, and talked shop with David Bowie when he turned up at their shows.Over the last few years, Malojian has released 4 stunning solo albums, along the way collaborating with some musical legends, including Steve Albini, who earned his chops producing Nirvana, The Pixies etc. Malojian’s latest album features Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms For Peace, Roger Waters) and Gerry Love (Teenage Fanclub).
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Earagail Arts Festival & The Regional Cultural Centre present Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend Date: Thursday 11 July - Sunday 14th July Location: Various Venue: Various EVENT DESCRIPTION The Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend, brought to you in partnership with the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, returns with some of the finest national and international guests. Mouthpiece Open Mic – FREE The Cottage Bar, Letterkenny, Wednesday 10th July, 9pm With a reputation for delivering some of the best original music, spoken word and comedy the county has to offer, Mouthpiece Open Mic, presented by Artist Support Network (ASN) promises laughter, tears, surprises and a warm, supportive atmosphere. MORE INFO Music at the Castle – FREE Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh, Thursday 11th July, 1pm – 5pm Earagail Arts Festival invites you to an afternoon of free seisiúns in the stunning surroundings of Glenveagh Castle. Renowned local artists such as Diane Ní Chanainn (Diane Cannon) & Manus Lunny are joined by Greek Irish bouzouki duo Duo Zouk, the bluegrass and old timey Americana of the Morgan O Kane Band and the young trad supergroup Coirm in hosting a series of open to all, traditional music performances celebrating Donegal’s international folk connections. MORE INFO Ceolchoirm le Ceol na Coille – €15/€12 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Thursday 11th July, 8pm A feast of traditional Irish music featuring tutors from this year’s Ceol na Coille Traditional Music Summer School, including Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes/vocals), Hamish Napier (piano/flute/whistle), Innes Watson (guitar) and special guests. MORE INFO Lankum – €18/€15 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Friday 12th July, 8pm Lankum is the type of band you never knew you where searching for. A Dublin-based group of individuals united by a gang mentality, Lankum’s close vocal harmonies, instrumental interplay and dramatic storytelling pins you to the seat and revives the spirit. The group shows that folk music can be angry, progressive and is still a vital force today. MORE INFO Citadels of the Sun – €15/€12 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Saturday 13th July, 1pm Citadels of The Sun is a new two-part creative collaboration sharing common themes and stories that unite Irish and Indian culture through music, featuring Sarah E Cullen (Donegal fiddle, vocals), Martin Coyle (bouzouki), Paul Cutliffe (uilleann pipes, whistles) with Asin Khan (sarangi and vocals) and Sawai Khan Manganiyar (multi-percussion and vocals). MORE INFO Moonlight Benjamin – €15/€12 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Saturday 13th July, 8pm Moonlight Benjamin creates a powerful and original fusion between Caribbean voodoo and 70’s US blues rock. Between her powerful and rebellious voice and the tension of saturated guitars, her music delivers voodoo trance in a new and explosive style! MORE INFO Eclipse – Citadels of the Sun Pt 2 – FREE Port Road/Main Street, Letterkenny, Saturday 13th July, 10.30pm For the second instalment of Citadels of The Sun, landscape theatre company LUXE celebrate connecting Donegal and Rajasthan – a world apart, yet bound by symbolic significance – with an illuminated musical adventure on Letterkenny’s Port Road and Main Street. MORE INFO Ó Ghlúin go Glúin – From Generation to Generation – €15/€12 An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Sunday 14th July, 1pm Having lost a number of influential keepers of the tradition in the last year, such as Tommy Peoples and Vincent Campbell, this year Tara Connaghan and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh will gather some of the mentors of Donegal fiddle traditions from around the county to give a taste of the passing on of this great tradition and heritage. MORE INFO The Donegal International Folk & Roots BBQ presents Morgan O Kane – €5 Castle Grove Country House Hotel, Letterkenny, Sunday 14th July, 4pm Following last year’s inaugural Folk & Roots Sunday Americana BBQ we are delighted to return to the historic 17th century surroundings of Castle Grove with Virginia-born virtuoso banjoist and songwriter Morgan O Kane, joined by one of Donegal’s finest duos, Without Willow. MORE INFO Joan As Police Woman – €18/€15 An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Sunday 14th July, 8pm Joan Wasser is an American musician, singer-songwriter and producer. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders and played with Black Beetle, Antony and the Johnsons, and Those Bastard Souls. Since 2004 she has released her solo material as Joan As Police Woman and on May 24 is set to release her new new triple album compilation, ‘JOANTHOLOGY’. MORE INFORead More...