Galway’s Great Read 2018 entitled Women of the West: Art, Citizenship & Literature will conclude its successful month of events with a special Gala night in Ballinasloe Library on Thursday 29th November at 6.30pm.
A wonderful evening of art, music, performance and discussion will entertain all present and bring this events programme to a close.
Guest speaker on the night is Martina Fitzgerald, Political Correspondant for RTE News & Current Affairs in Leinster House, author of the No.1 bestselling book “Madam Politician” and who, earlier this year was named as one of the most influential Irish journalists on Twitter.
Smashing Times, the innovative and creative Dublin theatre company will perform an evocative piece called Constance and her Friends written by their artistic director Mary Moynihan. Musical entertainment on the night will be provided by the well –known Galway Gospel Wedding group who will sing some rousing suffrage and civil rights songs throughout, while the group, Le Chéile will start the evening with melodic celtic and classical pieces.
During the Gala evening an art exhibition and commemorative booklet highlighting the suffrage movement and the many pioneering women from the West will be launched. The art exhibition, Canvass to Canvas draws inspiration from the stories, people and places of the suffrage movement. Some of the artworks are directly inspired by the series of talks held as part of the 2018 Great Read programme of events, while others are developed through the artists own area of interest stemming from this era. The exhibition celebrates the richness of events 100 years ago through the hands of artists living in our community today. The special commemorative booklet ‘Women of the West: Art, Citizenship & Literature’ is a free publication which highlights the lives of inspirational women associated with Galway and the West of Ireland who were not only activists but were also held in high regard in the fields of art, music and literature.
A Galway Public Libraries initiative, funded by Creative Ireland and Decade of Commemorations, Galway County Council & Galway City Council.
A feast of art, literature & entertainment in Ballinasloe Library 29th November @ 6.30
Event is free and refreshments will be served
All are welcome
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