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Reimagine Arts Festival

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Join us on Saturday 29 to Monday 31 May 2021 on Facebook as we launch ‘Reimagine’ the first ever online arts festival, celebrating the beauty and creativity across Newry Mourne & Down. 

Hosted by writer, performer and Newry native, Rozlyn Sheridan (one half of the comedy duo, Nuala and Noleen who toured Ireland with their smash hit comedy ‘It’s Wine O’clock) the weekend of festivities features bite-size performances and workshops from artists, tutors and performers. Filmed in scenic locations the festival has a mixture of dance, song, painting, poetry as well as the fringe activities including tai chi and forest bathing.

Morning from 10am to 12noon

Each morning of the Festival, we join Petesy Burns with ‘Chi in the Park’ – a series of introductory Tai Chi classes filmed at Warrenpoint Municipal Gardens. Next up is ‘The Art of Forest Bathing’ – a unique mediation session filmed at The Ring of Gullion, with Ann Ward who has a deep connection with nature. At noon each day, there will be ‘Games from The Gullion’ with star of stage and screen, Keith Singleton. Filmed on location at The Giant’s Lair in Slieve Gullion Forest Park, this is a fun active workshop for kids… of all ages.

Early Afternoon at 2pm

At 2pm each day join us for ‘Artist in Focus’ when we turn the spotlight on local artists living and working throughout Newry Mourne & Down. This mini documentary series features the work of landscape artist, Jacqueline Rooney in her studio at Rostrevor, plein air artist, Paul O’Kane out on location in Crossgar and Slieve Gullion textile artist Caóilfíonn Murphy O’Hanlon.

Late Afternoon at 4pm

At 4pm throughout the three-day festival, we feature a variety of bespoke creative performances – from poetry readings to musicals and Irish dance. Award winning poet, Olive Broderick, reads ‘Ward’ a three-part sequence of her original work at Castleward Estate. Leading figure in contemporary and Irish dance, Colin Dunne, performs ‘The Turn’ a ground-breaking dance piece composed by Linda Buckley with musicians Joanne Quigley, Cliodhna Ryan, Lisa Dowdall and Sian Hetherington. The Flynn Performing Arts School keeps the show on the road with ‘Broadway on Zoom’.

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