Well, it’s been a long and strange year there is no doubt about that, but here we are almost at year’s end and Christmas day upon us.
We had great plans at the beginning of the year and we even had all our events booked and ready to go for our September Festival, Burns night was out of the way and International Women’s Day was just over when news started coming in of this Covid 19 virus and talk of lockdowns for a few days or even weeks.
Little did we know then the worldwide impact this would bring and continues to bring, but we carried on as best we could and as I said we are now almost at year’s end with a new year about to begin.
So we would just like to wish you and your’s a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year and we will see you all again next year with hopefully a full Festival for you to enjoy.
The Bleeding Pig cultural Festival today announced that the 2020 Festival, due to run from 10-20 September, will not take place as originally planned this year.
Larry Carolan on behalf of the committee and team at The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival, said: ‘“We are so disappointed to announce that The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival, as we know and love it, will not happen in its 8th year this September. The decision follows consultation of the Government’s roadmap for reopening society and business, and ongoing consultation with artists and partners. The health and safety of audiences, artists, volunteers and local citizens, remains the top priority and all activity will be within Government guidelines.
We would like to sincerely thank all our sponsors, the local business community, schools, churches, volunteers, friends and audiences for their continued support and commitment to our Festival over the past years and we hope that we will be back again in 2021 to deliver your Festival in a safer and more settled time.
In the meantime we will continue to update our Facebook page and website with items we feel will interest our audience.
RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Sibéal perform Mise Éire.
As the country prepares for a limited relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions from Monday, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra came together under lockdown to record Mise Éire.
Composer Patrick Cassidy’s setting of Patrick Pearse’s poem had an enormous impact during RTÉ’s centenary commemorations in 2016, performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Sibéal Ní Chasaide.
Now, they have come together virtually to record the song again, but in very different circumstances, with the musicians of the orchestra and Sibéal each recording individually from home.
We were delighted to hear from Brian Bowler, a former resident of Portrane( now living in Kerrry!) who sent us on his latest short film. Well done Brian & crew
This should give you all a good giggle!
Retired senior citizen endeavours to sell a large stock of carpets and rugs he has inherited.
Many thanks to Peig McManus, member of Fingal Older Peoples Council who sent us in her video ‘Rose’. Rose is a character that Peig created to express her reactions to the ups and downs of living during the Covid-19 emergency. We really love this video from Peig as there is a bit of Rose in all of us.
All ages, all talents are welcome for the Sunday Miscellany in the beautiful St. Patricks C. of I. church in The Square. Singers, writers, poets, storytellers, musicians, drama all get an airing. So popular is it that we now have a Christmas Miscellany to round off the year.
The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival committee are a group of local people either involved in or interested in the arts. The committee was formed in 2013 to help promote the arts on the peninsula of Donabate/Portrane
The aim of the Festival was to bring together different cultural groups on the peninsula of Donabate/Portrane under one grouping and to enable these groups to reach a wider audience within their community. In this way we had hoped to attract a wider audience and appreciation of the cultural groups in our area. We think we have achieved our aim and have also helped different groups to come together and collaborate on projects we have initiated like the 1916-2016 rising commemorations, International Women’s Day and more recently the Harry Clarke exhibition. We have also worked hard to reach out to all age groups and to all areas of arts and culture in the hope that audiences can more fully understand and appreciate the different arts and culture traditions that exist around them.
We provide a central platform for all cultural and arts groups on the peninsula and beyond to enable them to promote their craft.
We run a Facebook page and a website to help advertise our events, we organise venues and facilitate individuals and groups to meet up and hopefully collaborate on projects. We also provide funding through Fingal C.C. and our own fundraising efforts.