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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, Feb 2, 2018

Irish God and Goddess of love

Oengus is the Irish God of love, beauty and youth. According to the old folklore, his kisses became birds. It is also said that he dreamed of a beautiful maiden, named Caer, for whom he searched all over Ireland. Eventually, he found her chained to 150 other maidens, destined to become swans at the time of Samhain. Legend has it that Oengus transformed himself into a swan and was united with his love.
Aine of Knockaine is the Irish Goddess of love. She is also known as the Fairy Queen of Munster and as a goddess of fertility beause she has control and command over crops and animals, especially cattle. Another name by which she is known is Aillen. To learn more about Irish mythology, please click Irish Myths & Legends.
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