Culture night and PARKing day in Sligo

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Sligo was a mecca for culture and creativity on Friday last with both Culture Night and Sligo PARKing Day taking place.

Rossa O'Snodaigh giving a music workshop in The Model.
Rossa O’Snodaigh giving a music workshop in The Model.

All of Sligo’s cultural centres held events to mark Culture Night, including The Model, which played host to a fascinating Bilingual Percussion Workshop by Rossa O’Snodaigh.

This rhythm workshop gave lots of children of all ages the opportunity to learn about unusual instruments from strings to percussion.

Young musicians, aged 15 to 18, participated in workshops with Robert Jarvis. They were encouraged to bring their own musical instruments to create their own version of the sound art installation.

A little later in the evening there was a very special sound art performance with Robert Jarvis that took place in the Atrium, creating a mesmerising sound map of the universe as viewed by our turning planet.

Throughout the afternoon and evening visitors also had the opportunity to participate in a unique cinematic experience and view a selection of wonderful Irish language films. There were also guided tours of the Niland Collection.

Brian Cunningham of Creative Design, IT Sligo
Brian Cunningham of Creative Design, IT Sligo.

Tara McGowan, Music and Events Manager at The Model, said “Culture Night always provides an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the wonderful diversity of artistic activity we have on here together with some special events hosted in honour of Culture Night.

“We’re lucky to have such an amazing building in the centre of Sligo and that we can accommodate so many different types of events and so many people.”
Meanwhile, on the streets of Sligo, several parking spaces were given over to the Sligo PARKing Day.

These spaces were used for everything from a mini garden to an art gallery, craft-making table and even a see-saw. It was the first year that Sligo has hosted the PARKing Day and on the basis of this success, it must surely return in 2016.

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