This month

Find Your Gods

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Official Opening Thursday 14th September, 8pm Exhibition of digital illustrations by Kiltimagh based artist, ShelkyBean. Modern day gods take many forms; actors, musicians, artists, political figures. They are necessary to navigate through the world which is “dark and full of terrors”. ShelkyBean has created portraits based on her own collection of gods, tenderly arranging them in dream landscapes, existing somewhere between fan and allegorical art. They are an attempt to question many issues, while also keeping in mind, these individuals we raise to god-like status, are fallible human be...

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The Esposito Quartet

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Mia Cooper and Anna Cashell, violins, Joachim Roewer, viola, and William Butt, cello have a combined bounty of experience as orchestra leaders, principals, professors, recital and recording artists. Their common love of the quartet treasury drove them in 2010 to ignore it no longer and seek each other out. Their name reflects their admiration for Michele Esposito, pianist and composer, who for forty years from 1888 was the initiator for much of the chamber music making in Dublin through the establishment of The Royal Dublin Society. Programme Schubert: String Quartet No. 2 in C major, D.32 Es...

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Moy Sessions Vol. VI: Bettina Peterseil

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Ballina Arts Centre’s ongoing literary series The Moy Sessions continues this month with west of Ireland based German poet Bettina John von Freyend-Peterseil. Bettina has lived for 32 years in the West of Ireland where she has built her home and has tended the land, been teaching, writing and creating collage work. Reading from her recent work “For Crying out loud-voice of an exile” this compilation of poetry speaks of exile and the human longing to belong. Tickets: €8 / €5. Early booking advised

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Creative Writing workshop with poet Bettina Peterseil

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Creative Writing workshop with poet Bettina Peterseil. West of Ireland-based German poet Bettina John von Freyend-Peterseil. Bettina has lived for 32 years in the West of Ireland where she has built her home and has tended the land, been teaching, writing and creating collage work. Reading from her recent work “For Crying out loud-voice of an exile” this compilation of poetry speaks of exile and the human longing to belong. Price: €10. Booking essential

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Blues Guitar workshop with Will Killeen.

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Blues Guitar workshop with Will Killeen. Will Killeen is a highly-acclaimed Irish acoustic Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has a totally unique style: Celtic roots mixed with American Blues. You can expect songs from early Blues standards through to Dylan classics delivered with inimitable percussive guitar and whirling vocals. He’s also considered to be one of the foremost slide guitar players in Europe today. Will is performing a concert on the evening of Saturday 30th September, at 8pm. Price for workshop: €10 Special price for workshop and concert: €20

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Will Killeen

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Will Killeen is a highly-acclaimed Irish acoustic Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has a totally unique style: Celtic roots mixed with American Blues. You can expect songs from early Blues standards through to Dylan classics delivered with inimitable percussive guitar and whirling vocals. He’s also considered to be one of the foremost slide guitar players in Europe today. Tickets: €16 / €14.

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Next month

Jack Grady: Resurrection - book launch

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Ballina Arts Centre is delighted to host the launch of Resurrection, a new collection of poems by Jack Grady. Jack Grady is a founding member of the Ballina-based Ox Mountain Poets. He is a past winner of the Worcester County (Massachusetts) Poetry Contest. His work has been widely published, appearing online or in print in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada, France, Indonesia and Portugal. in 2016, Jack represented Ireland at the 3rd annual Festival Internationale Poesie Marrakech, in Morocco, and he has been invited to represent Ireland at the upcoming annual Poesie a Sul in Olhao, Portugal. G...

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Moy Sessions Vol. VII: Sean Lysaght & Gerald Dawe

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Volume VII of our literary series The Moy Sessions continues this month with two well known Irish Poets. Sean Lysaght grew up in Limerick and lectures at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. He lives in Westport and has many collections, published by The Gallery Press and more. Gerald Dawe is an Irish poet and writer born in Belfast. He has published eight collections of poetry with The Gallery Press and four volumes of essays as well as editing various anthologies of poetry. Both men will read extracts from their work following the Moy Sessions format with questions from the audience to f...

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Embers Children's Film Festival 2017

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

This year Ballina Arts Centre is delighted to bring you its first Children’s Film Festival. Embers Children’s Film Festival will be a feast for the eyes and a cinematic adventure so bring your children and experience the magic of great film. On October 7th and 8th we have a line-up of amazing children’s films which will include some of the most vibrant and intelligent films to delight and inspire, with the programme including short films for ages 4+, Feature Films and Family Films. There will also be the opportunity for children, as part of the festival, to get involved in fun, creative ...

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Brick Flicks Stop Motion Workshop

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

SPACES ARE LIMITED!! Suitable for 8+years only. Please book to avoid dissapointment. Learn how to make your very own LEGO movie in this hands-on workshop with createschool.ie. Our Brick Flicks stop motion workshops make LEGO mini figures come alive! All you need to bring is your favourite LEGO character to cast as the star of your own legendary adventure. The workshop involves plenty of hands on learning, combined with some simple demonstrations. Participants work in small groups to plan and create a set for their short film, once the idea has been agreed they will then film and edit their awe...

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Bruiser’s 20th Anniversary Production! The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 "Perhaps when my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a thirteen and three quarter-year old intellectual…." All the agonies of Sue Townsend’s loveable loser are brought to life by the boisterous Bruiser Theatre Company. Hilariously captured in his secret diary, adolescence doesn’t offer much for our Adrian. His parents' crumbling marriage, spots and bullies, his unrequited love for Pandora, and the erratic behaviour of his dog - his teenage world is an outrageous triumph o...

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When One Door Closes

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Nephin Theatre Group is delighted to present their fourth production, “When One Door Closes” by Martin Donohoe. The production presents an eight strong cast who will keep you entertained until the curtain closes. “When One Door Closes” is the story of Melissa and her mother Kathleen. They are joined on stage by various friends, neighbours and an over enthusiastic decorator. You will be welcomed to their humble abode for a night of laughs and poignant moments. Tickets: €12/€10. Early booking advised.

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The First Protestant

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

In this gripping psychological drama there are moments of intensity and unexpected comedy. Michael Roper and Gerry Farrell of many Beezneez and Splódar productions give outstanding performances as Luther and the Analyst. In a verbal battle between two protagonists we see the life and struggles of Martin Luther, the monk who defied the Catholic Church having narrowly escaped execution, strike a blow at Christendom from which it never recovered. This original production has all the ingredients for an enlightening, thought provoking and enjoyable theatrical experience. Tickets: €15/€12

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The Dublin City Ramblers

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

The Dublin City Ramblers have thrilled audiences worldwide for 35 years with their blend of ballads and folk. With over 30 albums, top ten hits, several awards for best ballad/folk group and eight Gold Albums, there’s no wonder they are classed as Ireland’s Number One Ballad Group! Original member, Sean McGuinness, has kept The Ramblers, going throughout the years. Come along and hear old favourites such as The Flight of Earls, Four Green Fields, Nancy Spain and many more. Tickets: €20. Early booking advised.

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Introduction to Still life Drawing

Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Ireland

Join artist Keira O’Toole in an introductory workshop to still life drawing. Still life drawing expands drawing practice and observational skills and allows the artist to explore shape, proportions, composition as well as texture, tone and colour. All levels welcome. 11am-2pm: €15, basic materials provided Booking essential as places limited

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