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IMAGINE - Waterford Arts Festival 2006
by Bridget Haggerty

Running from the end of October to the beginning of November, IMAGINE features live performances and special workshops for people of all ages and interests.

The festival serves as a platform for local talent and a showcase for international artists. It strives to commission new work that pushes boundaries and challenges audiences. Highlights include:

THEATRE - A new production of "The Salvage Shop" by Waterford playwright Jim Nolan, the hilarious "Mediocrity In Munites" by Pat Kavanagh and "This Is Not The Life I Ordered" by Dessy Walls, the classics "Playboy of the Western World" and "Henry V" plus the ever popular Theatre Royal Variety Performance.

MUSIC - Influential folk band Waterson Carthy, legendary traditionalists Tommy Hayes & Band, country star Hank Wangford, jazz specialist Louis Stewart, singer songwriter David Kitt, Polish rock sensation Myslovitz plus Downward Spiral, a music trail of rock, pop, indie and alternative bands, including Juno Falls, Roy Seven, The Immediate and Boss Volenti.

FILM - French Cinema Festival (five films over five nights) and Quick Shoot, Ireland's one and only 24-hour movie making competition.

COMEDY - The cream of Irish talent including established acts Jason Byrne and Neil Delamare and rising star Jarlath Regan.

DANCE - An exquisite piece from Independent Ballet Wales, contemporary performance by Urban Classicism, Youth Dance Celebration and Taste of Dance Workshops.

LITERATURE - Public readings by David Murphy (science fiction), Daire Whelan (Irish soccer), Paul Charles and Sam Millar (crime), Mark Roper and Richard Tillinghast (poetry).


VISUAL ARTS - Various exhibitions and workshops in Waterford College of Further Education and select venues across the city.



CHILDREN - Fancy Dress Halloween Party plus two spellbinding puppet shows inspired by classic fairy tales and Victorian circus theatre.


IMAGINE is a unique Waterford City celebration which provides an opportunity for everyone to experience and participate in a broad range of creative arts. For more details, please visit Waterford Arts Festival.


 

Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Holly and Ivy hanging up and
something wet in every cup*

Not so long ago, Irish Christmas decorations were much simpler than they are now. The children gathered holly and ivy for adorning, windows, doorways, mantles and pictures, and the father would carve out a turnip in which would be placed a large red candle. This would go in the window to light the way for the Holy Family on Christmas Eve. Only in relatively recent times did an Irish family have a Nativity scene and a decorated tree in the house. As for Mistletoe, it's quite rare in ireland and is generally associated with ancient Celtic and Druidic fertility celebrations; this is most likely where the custom of kissing under the mistletoe comes from.
*Old Irish Christmas toast
Image: Pashley Manor Gardens.



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