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Take a look- Baboró

October 18, 2023

The 27th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is officially underway, here is a look at some of the magic captured by Anita Murphy at Universe and I See you Like This 

Throughout the festival, families and children will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of performances, from theatre and dance to music and visual arts, all thoughtfully curated to engage, entertain, and educate. Baboró 2023 invites everyone to embark on an adventure into the world of creativity, where there are no boundaries to imagination

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Blue Teapot Searching for New Actors

October 18, 2023

Blue Teapot Searching for New Actors

Blue Teapot Theatre Company has launched a search for new actors aged 18 and over to join its full-time theatre ensemble. The award-winning Galway theatre company is looking to expand its talent pool by inviting aspiring actors with an intellectual disability to audition for a permanent place within the resident company of artists. This positive development is part of an overall expansion, aligned to the company’s Strategic Arts Plan (2023-2027).

Speaking about the search, Artistic Director Petal Pilley commented, “This autumn, a rare opportunity has arisen to join our coveted, professional ensemble. We will be holding open auditions for a small number of places, casting the net wide in search of brilliant talent. Previous acting experience is not necessary; many actors come to their careers as diamonds in the rough looking for an opportunity to shine. The successful candidates will join our vibrant, experienced cohort of actors to develop and perform theatre on Ireland’s main stages and beyond”.

Company actor Kieran Coppinger agreed, saying, “Be yourself, be proud of the fact you have a disability. When you’re on that stage, it’s a whole different world”.

For almost thirty years, Blue Teapot has worked consistently to radically transform theatre practices by telling stories through the lens of disability, paving the way for inclusive practices to become the norm. Artistic achievements in theatre include Sanctuary, Dancing At Lughnasa and last year’s production of Into the Dark Woods written by the company’s own Charlene Kelly in a co-production with The Abbey as well as twice nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award.

Stage and screenwriter Christian O’Reillyadded, “This is a unique opportunity to join an extraordinary ensemble of brilliant actors and to develop artistically in an environment that is professional, supportive and fun”.

Interested candidates should apply to audition via email admin@blueteapot.ie or by calling 091 520 977 (Mon to Thurs 9am – 5pm). Deadline is 12pm Monday 13 November.  

Auditions will be held late November and early December. For detailed information, visit www.blueteapot.ie/audition which includes accessibility controls for the visually impaired.

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Think Less and Think Local

October 11, 2023

In a move to support local business in a sustainable way, Galway Food Tours’ program of championing local producers, makers and business owners this winter has seen people come together to enjoy the best of what Galway has to offer.

On November 22nd- The Less really is more when it comes to building the wardrobe of your dreams event will take place in Kindf_olk. The aim for this gettogether is to talk and think about creating a practical capsule wardrobe.

PR Consultant and Sustainable Slow Fashion  Advocate Lisa Regan will choose staple pieces to take your wardrobe from Autumn to Winter from local sustainable fashion stores Kindf_olk, Aplomb, O’ Máille and Public Romance. Sharing with you all the tips and tricks on combining the staples with items you already have in your wardrobe to create comfortable chic outfits, while embracing your own style!

Of course, a beautiful outfit deserves a delicious glass of wine… so you will  finish the evening out showcasing some of the finest low intervention wines. This will be led by Gosia Letoswka  from ‘Side Hustle’ as she will take us on a grape  journey to Mosel and will advise on how to pick the perfect wines for the upcoming festive season!

People can enjoy a glass of Pet Nat from Wild Wines or Kombucha from All about Kombucha, Sheridan’s Cheese platters and Delicious Treats from Lán Kitchen.

When: November 22nd 6.30pm-8.30pm in real life www.kindfolkgalway.ie Cost is  €20pp from Eventbrite or check out Galway Food Tours across social media.

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 ‘I See You Like This’ 

September 26, 2023

Asking questions through art is a creative and different way of us seeing each other. Have you ever wondered how your child sees you? Well, the answer might lie within the ‘I See You Like This’ exhibition. With our ever-growing appetite to document our lives through photos and selfies, children are often the reluctant subjects of adults’ cameras – asked to smile, look natural and come in closer. In I See You Like This, Australian artist Jessica Wilson, flips the camera around giving the children control while their significant adults become their subjects.

Facilitated by Jessica in a private session the week before the festival begins, children will design and direct a creative photoshoot of their significant adult, captured by photographer Julia Dunin. The resulting portraits will create the exhibition. If you would like to be part of this exciting exhibition you can book an appointment for you and your 7 – 14 year old child with Jessica via baboro.ie. In the appointment Jessica will ask the child questions about how they see their adult’s personality and then design and direct their own photoshoot using unusual objects to express how they see their adult.

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Artists guide children to creatively express their feelings around climate change

September 26, 2023

Artists Maisie Lee from Ireland and Jessica Wilson from Australia have embarked on a creative journey with children from Galway, inviting them to creatively express their feelings about climate change. The outcome of this imaginative collaboration is ‘The Shape of Quiet Feelings’, a captivating and immersive experience that transforms children’s ideas and dreams into myth-like stories and creatures. This unique project aims to empower children and their families to approach the formidable challenges of climate change with fresh perspectives.

Climate change, though a pressing global issue, can often seem abstract and intimidating to young minds. Lee and Wilson sought to change that by encouraging children from 4 national schools and the Baboró Children’s Panel to envision their feelings about climate change. What do they feel when they imagine it? What colours and shapes represent those feelings? The results of these creative inquiries are at the heart of work.

Through an atmospheric and sensory world, this immersive experience invites children aged 8 and above, along with their families, to explore the imaginative landscapes and stories born from the minds of Galway’s youth. By giving form and narrative to the seemingly insurmountable concept of climate change, this interactive exhibition promises to inspire new approaches to the challenges that lie ahead.

The Shape of Quiet Feelings opens on Saturday 14 and runs until Sunday 22 October at Blue Teapot Theatre on Munster Avenue in Galway’s Westend. The Duration is 20 min + 20 min workshop. For more www.baboro.ie

Event Schedule:

Saturday & Sunday Times: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM

Monday to Friday Times: 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM

A Baboró commission funded by the Arts Council Commissions Award. Supported by TRACKS co-commission fund. Co-conceived by Lead Artist Baboró Artist in Residence Maisie Lee and Mentor Jessica Wilson.

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Galway Food Tours Named Among the ‘World’s Tastiest’

September 25, 2023

Galway Food Tours has been named in the prestigious list of the ‘World’s Tastiest Autumn Food Experiences’ by Sunday Times Ireland. This exclusive compilation features 25 extraordinary food adventures from around the globe, highlighting Galway Food Tours’ exceptional contribution to the culinary world.

Galway Food Tours stands out as a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts looking to savor the flavors of autumn in Ireland.

The list showcases an array of adventures, ranging from an Italian chestnut festival to foraging for German forest mushrooms and indulging in New York state wine and cider doughnuts. Galway Food Tours is part of this esteemed selection, representing Ireland’s rich gastronomic culture and the city’s vibrant food scene.

Galway Food Tours has been recognised for its commitment to providing an immersive and unforgettable culinary journey through the heart of Galway. The tours offer participants the opportunity to discover the city’s hidden culinary gems.

Founder of Galway Food Tours,Sheena Dignam, “We are honoured to be included, this acknowledgment is a testament to the dedication of our team and the incredible culinary talent we have in Galway. We look forward to welcoming food enthusiasts from around the world to join us in experiencing the magic of autumn in Galway.”

For more information about Galway Food Tours and to book your food adventure, check out www.galwayfoodtours.com.

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A Toast to Autumn: The Gallery Cafe in Gort unveils exciting new menus and an Autumn wine shop

September 21, 2023

This autumn, let The Gallery Cafe in Gort be your destination for memorable culinary experiences that capture the essence of the season, with the launch of enticing new evening and brunch menus, alongside the debut of their wine shop.

The Gallery Cafe, located in the historic market town of Gort, County Galway, is more than just a cafe; it is a restaurant and art gallery nestled within a beautifully restored building dating back to 1820. Founded in 2005 by artist and designer Sarah Harty, The Gallery Cafe celebrates local flavours through thoughtfully created food and art.

Start your autumn evening on a high note with baked Wicklow Blue cheese with roasted grapes and sourdough crisps, or succulent scallops paired with courgette, papadum, and a buttery sauce that is nothing short of divine.

For the main course, the menu boasts champions the land and sea, the humble cauliflower no more as it is served with black bean mole and beetroot pico, or savour the flavours of a striploin steak pappardelle accompanied by black kale and chestnut mushrooms for a hearty and satisfying dish.

Wrap up the evening on a sweet note with dessert options like a rich dark chocolate mousse, baked plum and walnuts, or a blackberry and hazelnut frangipane tart complemented by whiskey crème.

Do not miss their Sunday brunch experience, served from 10 am to 4pm, with a rotating menu that keeps things fresh and exciting every week. Some of the brunch stars have included Eggs in Purgatory – poached eggs with roasted tomatoes, chili, local kale, crumbled feta, and toasted sourdough. Or, if you are craving something richer, then it must be the Guinness-braised beef cheek McMuffin* with smoked cheddar, a fried egg, spiced apple, and leafy greens. And for those with a sweet tooth, the apple crumble French toast, tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with whipped cream and toasted almonds, is sweet perfection. Pair your meal with a specialty coffee or a mimosa for the perfect autumn brunch experience.

The Gallery Cafe Autumn wine shop is where wine enthusiasts can discover a curated collection of wines that pair exquisitely with the dishes created. From rich reds to crisp whites, expertly chosen by Argentina Sommelier Gabriel Perez Levitzky. The wine list features mostly organic wines from some of Europe’s finest wine-producing regions, including France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Austria. Explore a diverse range of terroirs, climates, and altitudes, from sparkling Blanquette de Limoux to Austrian Pet Nat Roses, classical French Sauvignon blancs, and modern Gruner Veltliners. Sip on oaky Riojas Reserva or elegant Spatburgunders (Pinot Noir) from Germany that only elevate the flavourful creations of Head Chef Hannah O’Donnell.

“We are thrilled to welcome autumn at The Gallery Cafe,” says Owner Sarah Harty. Our new menus reflect the essence of the season, highlighting the finest ingredients and flavours that autumn has to offer. The addition of our wine shop allows our guests to enjoy the perfect wine pairings with their meals or to take home to enjoy.”

The Gallery Café, The Square, Gort, Co Galway is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm with evening menus on Friday and Saturday until 9pm. They have two sittings 6pm/6.30pm and 8.30pm.  For reservations and more information, call 091-630630 or connect on Instagram and Facebook at The Gallery Cafe. Visit www.thegallerycafegort.com to explore menus, events, and more.

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Enterprising A day of innovation, ideas and Communication

September 18, 2023

Heading to Sligo this October to a room that will be filled with innovators, entrepreneurs and risk takers.

Enterprising will focus on driving innovation and contributing to the development of a smarter, more competitive region (consisting of the West and North West of Ireland).

Enterprising is primarily targeted at pre-seed & seed stage start-ups who are under 5 years old and also High-Potential Start-ups with ambitions to scale their business, but also Innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, third level institutions, business support organisations, financiers, accelerators, incubators etc.

Thank you WestBIC for this hosting opportunity and for the masterclass I will be hosting in how to network effectively and more enjoyably.

Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Office Sligo, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Western Development Commission, HBAN, University of Galway IdeasLab and New Frontiers NW and West.