Galway 2020’s Small Towns Big Ideas project, The Other: Together will present Ballygar SHOUTS, a live and participative performance created by the people of Ballygar, Co Galway, taking place this Friday 7 June at 8pm in the Market Square.
The SHOUTS event, devised from creative activities undertaken in the past six months with young people and adults across the Ballygar area, will entertain and enthral throughout the evening.
As part of the project, The Other: Together asked local people to throw their voices forward for future generations, to discover who the people of Ballygar were in 2019. It will answer the questions, ‘Who lived here? What kind of place was it? Did they pull together as a community? What stories did they have to tell?
“Say, in two hundred years, people will want a sense of us as individuals, and as a community – so what do we want them to hear? Our project has drawn in voices, accents and languages from across our diverse community and is testimony to our rural traditions and our European relationships,” says local poet and project organiser, Margaret Hannigan Popp.
Throughout the project, Margaret has organised conversations, walking events and community workshops to explore and record the thoughts inspired by these questions.
In recent weeks and months, Galway poet Pete Mullineaux ran a number of poetry writing sessions in the national schools of Ballaghlea and Ballygar and with students from Colaiste Mhuire.
Inspiration for the project has also been taken from poet Antaine O’Raftaire’s poem Bálaghartha / Ballygar, which was written in 1818 and celebrates the people and the countryside of the area. Margaret says that his talent in recording the lives around him has been a huge inspiration for the group. “We have collected poems and writings that speak of our heritage and aspirations, our sense of fun and tales of loss, our natural world and our homes”.
The event will be staged in the town square at the newly erected bandstand. It will be a participative piece, with sound technologist Armand Goldent co-producing with Margaret Hannigan Popp.
All are welcome to the event, which promises to be an entertaining evening for all.
The project, has been run in conjunction with Ballygar Tidy Towns Volunteers and Ballygar EcoCulture.