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The Iniscealtra Festival of Arts (May 27 – June 5 2006)

Welcome to the 2006 Festival

The Iniscealtra Festival of Arts is an annual festival held at various locations in and around the beautiful lakeside village of Mountshannon in County Clare.
The festival has been going from strength to strength and is now in its tenth year. Each year a theme is chosen which all of the varied events reflect, and this year the theme is Fire.
The Festival is produced in association with Mountshannon Community Council, An Comhairle Ealaíon/Arts Council, and Clare County Council.

Programme of Events
Our 2006 programme is now online - you can view the full programme here, or you can select from the links below to view events of a specific category.
Music
Highlights include a concert by The Gypsy Jazz Quartet, an open air concert featuring Gerry O'Connor and friends, a traditional concert with The Boys of the Lough, and a ceílí with the Kilfenora Ceílí Band. There is also informal music sessions in pubs throughout the festival.
Performance
The 'youth fire group' Piratechnics will stage a spectacular display using fireworks, light and sound in Mountshannon Harbour. There is also an interactive childrens puppet show by Yourmans Puppets.
Film
This year's film, entitled Gadjo dilo, features a fantastic musical soundtrack and powerful images of an extraordinary culture by director Tony Gatlif.
Art
There are a number of exciting art exhibitions open throughout the festival. There is a lecture by Catherine Marshall, head curator at IMMA, and adult art classes run by artists Jane Seymour and Nicola Henley working with clay, oil, pastel and watercolour.
Exhibitions
Highlights include exhibitions of work on loan from The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), contemporary work by artists from Mountshannon and the surrounding area based on the theme of fire, photographs by festival photographer Jimmy Grady, and an Art-Trail through Scariff.
Talks & Lectures
The festival opening event is hosted by Eanna Rowe, Waterways Ireland, Catherine Marshall from IMMA will give an art lecture, and Siobhan Mulcahy, Clare Arts Officer, opens the exhibition of Contemporary Art from the area.
Classes & Workshops
Highlights include a singing workshop by Archie Simpson (founder of The Lismorahaun Singers) with singer Kate Daly, and based on the teachings of Eduado Asquez, traditional music classes led by Seamus Bugler, Hugh Healy, Eamonn Cotter, and Gerry O'Connor, and a set dance workshop by Mary Clancy.
Childrens
Many of the festival events are suitable for children and include an interactive childrens puppet show, a fire/sound/light performance, traditional music classes, and a children's art exhibition.
Outdoor Activities
There is an open air concert, and a number of festival walks.

   

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