From film to music and visual arts to live comedy, we have compiled a fantastic list of arts and entertainment options for you this weekend. As events have been forced to move online, they have had to adapt and be inventive in how they produce the best possible experience for their audiences. Of course, we look forward to attending live gigs and festivals in person but perhaps there is room for a combination of both in the future? Time will tell but for now, enjoy this wonderful entertainment from the comfort of your own couch.

 

1. TULCA Festival’s Programme of Visual Arts Events 

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture present a weekend programme of visual arts events to celebrate the UnSelfing programme. The UnSelfing weekend will present three specially created major new projects to audiences. On Fri 16th the World Premiere of ‘A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift’ airs online at 9 pm. On Sat 17th, TULCA launches a new publication, ‘XVIII – Stories of TULCA’ exploring 18 years of the festival and its UnSelfing programme for Galway 2020, where past curators of the Festival explore curating in relation to their work with the festival. Finally, on Sun 18th the launch of a new podcast radio play Weather Gods by Isadora Epstein will take place. The play is inspired by Iris Murdoch’s concept of UnSelfing, and urges audiences to be curious about the people, places and ideas that surround us. 

 

 

2. Have a Laugh with Comedy KARLnival Live Online

Galway Comedy Festival & Róisín Dubh Comedy presents five world-class comedians, including Micky Bartlett, Fabu D and host Karl Spain, live from studios in Edinburgh and Galway, featuring some of the best Scottish & Irish stand-up around. Join in on Friday 16th at 7:30pm for a guaranteed night of cackles and comedy. To purchase tickets, head to http://roisindubh.net/.

 

 

3. Premiere of New Short Film ‘Amhráin’ 

The film ‘Amhráin’, produced by Citóg Records, premieres at 9 pm on Saturday 17th on The Black Gate’s channels as part of Galway 2020’s Small Towns Big Ideas strand. The series of performances filmed at iconic locations in Galway City, such as The Cornstore, Bell, Book & Candle, Salthill Bandstand and the Galway Arts Centre, featuring talented local artists like Katie O’Connor, Steven Sharpe, Tracy Bruen and more. Watch the trailer here.

 

 

4. Dance to Music Town’s Weekend Concerts

From Rooftop lullabies performed across the City to new five-minute musical works, from choral performances to celebrating DJ culture, MusicTown Festival 2021 is celebrating artists by broadcasting virtual performances from the 15 – 25 of April. Tune in this weekend to watch Paul Noonan’s ‘Electric Kazoo’, Fear’s ‘Oíche’, and many more! Watch them all online this Saturday through the MusicTown YouTube channel!

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