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#CairdeConnected – a new online festival from Sligo this July

✨✨ We are delighted to announce #CairdeConnected – a programme of literary, music, performance and family events that will be broadcast online from Sligo this July 8 to 11. ✨✨

#CairdeConnected is the re-imagining of our arts festival programme 2020 so that we can continue to connect artists, audiences and communities and you can join in from the safety and comfort of your own home. We’re delighted to present new commissions and world premieres; works in progress, experimental soundscapes; literary conversations and pop up style events and a range of events for families to get tucked into.

#CairdeConnected is proud to bring you a thought provoking and stimulating literary programme under the banner of Cairde Word, supported by the Spot-lit Literary Development Programme. Ian Maleney and Sara Baume talk non-fiction facilitated by Una Mannion on Thursday July 9th at 8pm.  Alice Lyons is in conversation with Louise Kennedy on the publication of her latest work, Oona which has been described as ‘an ingeniously crafted marvel’  on Saturday July 11th.

Cairde Word also presents Vagabond Voices, curated by Patrick Karl Curley, which brings together a chorus of unique voices featuring Alix Lambert, Emma Dabiri, Franki Elliot, Karl Geary, Demi Anter, Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty, Sasha Terfous, Caragh Maxwell and Olivia Furey.

MOur Music programme in 2020 has a focus on sharing new work and new beginnings. A Trad Arts commission features a collaboration with Cathy Jordan (vocals, mandolin, percussion), Claudia Schwab (fiddle, vocals) and Irene Buckley  (electronics, vocals). In an intimate setting, the three musicians express their bond to traditional music, whereby ancient tradition is summoned to meet new burgeonings. This world premiere event will air on Friday, July 10th at 8pm.  Ted Kelly (of Moxie) will share his new solo project which sees his love for ‘lo-fi’ Hip Hop meld gently with his love of traditional music. This piece features visuals and will be aired on Thursday 9th at 10pm.

Multi-instrumentalist Natalia Beylis & Cellist Eimear Reidy  invite us into the woods for an arboreal music & research project entitled Whose Woods these are. This is an ongoing project across numerous locations in Ireland, the first of which is happening during #CairdeConnected, whereby the artists bring us on a sonic woodland journey and ask us to imagine a public domain of trees where no one owns them and together we are their guardians.

Rounding off the week, Donal Dineen will broadcast a special Make Me An Island podcast – a podcast that has become a weekly highlight for many during the lockdown – featuring special guest Steve Wickham on Saturday July 11th.

Photo by Roisin Loughrey

We are very excited to present a work in progress sharing of ‘The Bed’ in collaboration with the Hawk’s Well Theatre and Sligo Arts Service, funded by The Arts Council Invitation to Collaboration Scheme. A performance project which brings together Theatre Makers Sorcha Fox, Charmaine T Matonsi, Abigail (Ashley) Ramaabya, Amir Abualrob, Wasekere-Sekerani, Nokwanda Siziba, Donal O’Kelly and poet Rafeef Ziadah to explore ideas of homelessness, life, safety, exile, incarceration, the reality of life in Direct Provision and freedom. The piece features music composed and performed by Dee Armstrong and Lughaidh Armstrong Mayock. A sharing of work to date will premiere during Cairde Connected on Saturday, July 11th at 6pm.

Kids will as always get a chance to boogie to Will Softly’s World music disco – a festival favourite blending old-skool classics with long lost alternative gems from all four corners of the Globe – a live broadcast will provide motivation for all parts of the body to shake rattle and roll! A morning workshop series features book making, illustration and creature creation to keep young ones busy at home now that the home schooling is over.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival Capsule in Autumn 2020

In addition to July’s virtual programme, CSAF are continuing to work on a number of development projects throughout 2020. Cairde Young Curators, a programme where artist Andy Parsons is working with a group of 15 to 19 – year-olds on curating an aspect of the festival programme continues online; the culmination of which will be shared this autumn. Residencies taking place in 2020 include a project inspired by the works of Dorothy Cross with Junk Ensemble in November; continued development work on theatre project Uprooted with Brokentalkers in Autumn 2020.

CSAF would like to acknowledge the support of The Arts Council of Ireland, Sligo County Council and the Spot-lit Literary Tourism Programme.

Join the conversation:  @cairdefestival  #CairdeConnected

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