Outdoor screenings for Culture Night

A series of free live and online events will take place for Culture Night Roscommon. The nationwide event showcases culture across a wide variety of genres with free events taking place across the country.

This year’s highlight event will be an outdoor film projection of the Douglas Hyde poem ‘A Poem to be Said On Hearing the Birds Sing’, by Roscommon-based artist Peter Kilmartin, of Spicy Dog Media. This 3-minute film centres around the struggle for independence in County Roscommon in 1920, with 2020 vision. The film is a commission by Culture Night Roscommon together with the Community Strand of the 2020 Decade of Centenaries Programme.

The film will be projected onto the buildings of Roscommon Arts Centre, King House in Boyle, the Douglas Hyde Centre in Portahard, Frenchpark and on the building of Connellan Solicitors, beside the entrance to Strokestown Park House. In Boyle, the film can be viewed from the rear of King House, in Shop Street Car Park.

Rhona McGrath, Arts Officer explains: “This main event was commissioned by Roscommon County Council with Covid restrictions in mind. Viewers can park, stand or walk and watch. And they can do so time and time again over the weekend. The film is an emotive and reflective piece based on events around 1920 by film artist Peter Kilmartin.

“We must also reflect that 100 years later, the current pandemic is a struggle of another kind, on a global scale. We hope the film and our other events will enable people to experience the arts and culture in Roscommon, at a time when access has been curtailed”.

The film will be projected from Friday, September 18th to Sunday, September 20th between 7 pm and 9 pm. The film, 3 minutes in length, will be looped every ten minutes so there will be no need for people to congregate for any length of time or in numbers above 15.

Culture Night will also feature another film by artist Mark Garry, entitled An Lucht Siúil, or ‘The Waking People’ which can be viewed in the gallery space of the Roscommon Arts Centre until 8 pm that evening and continues until September 25th.

Online events will also take place on the night. Fregoli Theatre Company will perform ‘I Want You to Know Me’ and ‘Inside You Stay’ which will be screened on the Roscommon Arts Centre Facebook page. And a new documentary by the Boyle Songwriters Collective will be screened online on their Facebook page. There will also be free entry to King House in Boyle from 5 pm to 8 pm that evening.

* Further information on Culture Night is available on culturenight.ie, or facebook @roscommonculturenight. Culture Night is brought to you by The Arts Council in partnership with Roscommon County Council.