Donegal Film at Regional Cultural Centre

One of the biggest showcases of locally produced films ever held in the North West will be launched this week in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.

The exhibition highlights 18 short films shot over the past two years as part of the IFI supported “Sharing Stories” project, a collaboration between the Regional Cultural Centre and the Nerve Centre in Derry.

The exhibition will be officially launched at 7pm on this Friday 11th November.

“We have a fantastic line up for the exhibition,” says RCC Director Shaun Hannigan.

“The project has produced films covering everything from Donegal emigration in the 1940s through to Loyalist pipe bands. The standard of work is superb. It provides a really rich insight into life in Donegal and Derry, both past and present, that should be of interest to everyone, young and old.”

Sharing Stories is a cross-border film project initiated in October 2009 with a particular focus on community, youth and minority groups. Among the films to be highlighted at the exhibition are “Brighter Days”, an animation by Letterkenny-native Daniel McGarrigle based on the biography of his grandfather Colm Melly, who emigrated to England in the 1940s and then returned to the North West to raise his family.

Bighter Days

“Pride” is a fly-on-the-wall documentary looking at the ‘Pride of the Orange and Blue’ Flute Band from Newbuildings, looking at a typical summer month in the life of its members as they prepare for the 12th of July celebrations.

“Rockhill Remembered” takes an inside look at the social and military history of the battalions stationed at Rockhill House in Letterkenny, while “Rondo Mondo” documents Cafe del Mundo, the hub of Derry’s thriving international community.

The exhibition launch on Friday will be followed by a major one-day seminar on 25th November. As part of this seminar the Regional Cultural Centre and the Nerve Centre have set a social media challenge called “Share My Story” to promote two films using only free social and digital media.

The seminar will also include presentations from Risteard O’Domhnaill, director of the highly-acclaimed documentary “The Pipe” about the Corrib gas pipeline, and Dr. Cathal McLaughlin of the University of Ulster’s film department. The official opening and wine reception will take this Friday and everyone is welcome. The “Sharing Stories” exhibition continues until January 28th, 2012. Opening times are Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday 1pm to 5pm and admission is free. Details of the one-day seminar on 25th November will be announced shortly.

Sharing Stories is funded by the International Fund for Ireland.

County Development Board Cultural Resources Forum

Donegal: A Creative County
Donegal County Development Board Cultural Resources Forum


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Culture Conference Ballybofey

Culture Conference Ballybofey

High profile speakers, with a national profile, are among the contributors wh- will attend an important conference in Villa Rose Ballybofey exploring the potential for developing the cultural sector in Donegal. Speakers include the well-known musician, television producer and cultural champion, Philip King; Dermot McLaughlin of Temple Bar Cultural Trust, wh- is als- the man behind the successful Culture Night festival; Ian Brannigan of the Western Development Commission; Michael Starrett of the Heritage Council; Kevin Kidney of Failte Ireland and Shona McCarthy of City Of Culture 2013.

This special one-day conference, organised by the Cultural Resources Forum of the Donegal County Development Board, aims to explore the possibilities for development, expansion or possibly just survival, that may be available to the cultural sector in Donegal, specifically in the areas of Cultural Tourism and in the context of the emerging focus on role the ‘Creative Industries’ are set to play in Ireland’s eventual economic recovery.

The conference is designed to give participants the best opportunity to explore and discuss with national figures the role that culture can play in assisting Donegal and the north-west region make connections and create opportunities within the areas of cultural tourism and creative industries.

The conference will be of great benefit t- anyone working in the sector or participating in cultural activities, be it the Arts, Heritage or language. The conference will also explore how other sectors can benefit from the development of Culture, with particular emphasis on the tourism sector.

The conference, thus, will be of great benefit to people from a wide range of sectors and agencies. Facilitated workshops for Conference Participants, discussing theme, issues and ideas raised in presentations will pose questions such as :
– What Constitutes A Creative Industry In Donegal?
– What Are The Opportunities For Growth In Creative
Industries In Donegal?
– How Can Heritage Contribute To Economic Growth In
– What Constitutes Cultural Tourism In Donegal and what role
has the Diaspora?
– How Can Donegal Benefit From City Of Culture 2013?

Tuesday 4th of October, 2011
Villa Rose Ballybofey. 8.30am

Bookings at: Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey. 074 91 31840 or book direct
Subscription €10.

Further information contact Aideen Doherty Cultural Forum 074 9373 718

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