March in the European Capital of Culture


March holds an exciting lineup for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture – among the projects to look forward to are Screen Ireland in conversation at Pálás Cinema and Branar Téatar do Pháistí’s Sruth na Teanga.

Screen Ireland in Conversation: Cumar

7pm, 1 March

Supported by the Arts Council and TG4, Screen Ireland kicks off a remarkable series of insightful conversations and screenings with Cumar (2019) in Pálás Cinema on 1 March. Since its origin, Screen Ireland (Fís Éireann, formerly Bord Scannán na hÉireann) has striven to shed light on fresh talent in Irish film, and Cumar moves the spotlight ever closer with a documentary steeped in all things Galway.

Through the eyes of six incredible local artists, Cumar explores the confluences which have shaped Galway and Connemara’s unique cultural fabric. Award-winning director Aodh Ó Coileáin and producer Paddy Hayes have created a complex portrait of this place and its people, with the help of a distinctive cast featuring comedian Tommy Tiernan, writer Mike McCormack, poet Rita Ann Higgins, singer Róisín Seoighe, street theatre director Noeline Kavanagh, visual artist Pádraic Reaney and musician Máirtín O’Connor.

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Sruth na Teanga

2–28 March

Meanwhile in Carnmore, Irish theatre group Brana Téatar do Pháisti are busy perfecting cinematic details in the Galway Airport Terminal Building for the production that director Marc Mac Lochlainn says he was “meant to make.” Branar has been making innovative theatre for children for 20 years now.. Sruth na Teanga surpasses expectations of a children’s theatre show, with ground-breaking technology and an enthralling and magical immersive performance, for both children and adults alike, designed to convey the story of this island through our dynamic, native language.

Irish is one of the ten most ancient languages of the world still spoken today. Marc attributes this resilience to its vibrancy as “a language of story, song and poetry.” “The first thing the audience encounters in Sruth na Teanga is the waterfall,” he says. “In Irish literature, water always symbolises the barrier between two worlds. From there, the audience journey follows the river – a metaphor for the life cycle of the language.” The river takes audiences through a myriad of worlds, each containing a poetic interpretation of crucial periods in the life cycle of this ancient language.

With the help of visuals by Maeve Clancy and music from Michael Chang, Sruth na Teanga evokes the landscape, history and forces that have shaped the Gaeilge we know today. “I want the audience to understand that the Irish language is not only about words. It’s our heritage in that it is the way we speak English, the way we think, the way we work together as communities. It’s embedded in everything that we are,” says Marc.

Commissioned by Galway 2020, Sruth na Teanga will offer multiple daily performances throughout March. Performances are designed for an audience of children aged eight plus, with ticket options for individuals and families.

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