independent

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Short Film Festival will form part of arts event

Fiona Magennis

There's a treat in store for local film lovers this year as the first inaugural Short Film Fest takes place as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival.

The Droichead Arts Cetnre Film Club's Short Film Fest will take place on April 25th and features six short films - three of which were nominated for an oscar, one which was a European Academy Award winner and one that's just so good it's worth showing!

Starting at 8pm, the Short Film Fest will end in time to allow anyone with film knowledge or anyone who enjoys a quiz to come together in the café/bar of Droichead Arts Centre at 9.30pm for Film Quiz.

Now in its second year, the Film Quiz will be hosted by Quiz Master, Mr. Niall O Brien and acclaimed actor of stage and screen, Karl Shiels, currently playing Robbie Quinn in Fair City.

Don't miss this fun night to test your knowledge of the old, the new, the popular and the obscure in film. Tickets are €8 for the Short Film Fest, €5 for the Film Quiz while there will be limited number of tickets for both events at just €12. Space is limited and early booking is advised.

The film festival is just one of a number of exciting events lined up for the Arts Festival.

On Thursday, April 27 the extraordinary percussionist and member of avant-rock legends Swans Thor Harris will take the audience on a journey through his own personal struggle with depression and mental health issues.

Thor will be joined in conversation by author/journalist and activist Michael McCaughan to discuss how depression affects him and the thought processes he went through at his lowest moments, how the sickness evolved and why he decided to take the fight. Taking place in the Living Room at Sarsfield's Bar at 8pm, this is a great opportunity to see and hear Thor talk ahead of his musical performance in St Peter's Church of Ireland on Friday, April 28th.

On Saturday 29 April, the Riverside at Scotch Hall Shopping Centre will become the centre focus for the street spectacle Roll Up, Roll Up. If it's circus skills you crave, watching a juggling escapologist or to be amazed, in awe and to giggle with the master magician, then come to an afternoon of fun on the banks of the Boyne. Enjoy the magic from noon until 5pm. This event is free.

To coincide with Poetry Day Ireland and this year's theme, Poetry Connects, the Drogheda Arts Festival present a rehearsed reading of selected work from three giants of historic and contemporary poetry from Ireland, the UK and the US - W.B. Yeats, T.S. Elliot, and Sharon Olds. Acclaimed theatre-maker Sarah Baxter will direct award winning actor Judith Roddy in a reading of two masterpieces, a dramatic monologue and a selection of shorter works. There will be two opportunities to hear these readings at 4pm and 7pm on Sat 29 April in Highlanes Gallery. Tickets are €10 / €8. The Drogheda Arts Festival runs from 24 April - 1 May. Booking and full details available from www.droghedaartsfestival.ie

Drogheda Independent

News