Paving New Pathways is a new weekend festival celebrating Tuam’s rich heritage and modern diversity through a special programme of events including and audio visual exhibition, heritage trail, human library and street spectacle.
Produced by Tuam’s Three Rings Festival Committee, this Small Towns Big Ideas project, commencing Saturday, 20 July will showcase all that Tuam has to offer.
Echoes of Tuam Voices
10am to 1pm – Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July – Town Hall, upstairs
Stories are an essential element of every culture and enable cultures to exist and by harnessing our experiences through storytelling we are creating a legacy. The final stop of the trail will be at the Town Hall where an installation incorporating the ‘Voices of Tuam’ will be showcased and participants will be invited to spend time embracing the oral ‘echoes of society’ as developed and coordinated by Marsha Fleming. This exhibition features stories and recordings from members of the local branch of Irish Wheelchair Association. Students from the Mercy, Presentation College, St. Jarlaths & Mchale college have successfully recorded and translated 4 songs from 4 of Tuam’s well known songwriters.
3pm to 5pm – Saturday 20 July – Tuam Library
To help overcome social prejudices, encourage dialogue and develop relationships – we will host Tuam’s first ever ‘human library’. This event will see real people becoming ‘books’ and are on loan to readers and will engage in a dialogue. This aims to combat social prejudice and promote positive mental health through the simple act of conversation. Our 4 interesting books include: a gentleman from the African community who is living & raising his family in Tuam; a father who has lost a son to suicide; an ex youth offender who is now turning his life around for the good and a lady who will represent life in Galway as a member of the Traveller community.
Walking in their footsteps
Starting Point – 11am – Saturday 20 July – Town Hall, The Square
The goal of the walking tour is to preserve the memories of the occupants that once resided in the town shops and to pass that history down to the younger generations. Historical photos, news articles, quotes and stories would play a vital role in the tour and enhance the connection between now and then.
Outdoor Spectacle at the Shambles
8pm – Sunday 12 July – Shambles Market
A celebration of Tuam’s modern diverse community through music and dance. We have an amazing line up for this event incl: Katie O Connor from Citog Records; Tuam Comhaltas Trad Group; Ace High Cheerleader & Gymnastics; Ellen Keane; and a unique performance of the Tuam Beat by Padraig Stevens, Leo Moran and a large group from Drumadore (Headford school of drummers). The spectacle will also include performative elements that represent inclusion, unity, harmony & solidarity amongst todays diverse community. We hope to close our event with a choral performance by the spectators of the EU National Anthem – Ode to Joy!