Allingham Arts Festival this weekend

Allingham Arts Festival this weekend
This year’s Allingham Arts Festival, which opens tonight in Ballyshannon, features an eclectic mix of arts, entertainment, debate, workshops and competitions for all ages.

This year’s Allingham Arts Festival, which opens tonight in Ballyshannon, features an eclectic mix of arts, entertainment, debate, workshops and competitions for all ages.

Norwegian Ambassador Roald Naess opens the festival tonight at 7pm in the Abbey Centre, followed by the short film, A Walk with Allingham. Then, researcher Eva Hov will tell the fascinating story of the discovery of Allingham family poems, music, essays and diaries that have not been seen for 200 years.

Also taking place over the busy weekend, media and communications expert Terry Prone will launch and read from her new book ‘Coach Terry Prone Tells It Like It Is’. Jo O’Donoghue, Londubh Books will also be there to share some tips on writing for publishing. Acclaimed poets, authors, artists, musicians and communications experts include Rita Anne Higgins (Poet), Colm Keegan (Poet), John Sheahan (Musician and Poet - Ex Dubliners), John Spillane (Musician and Poet), Tom Savage (Communications Expert), Margo Jones and Win Mc Nulty, Olive Travers, Monica Corish, Tom Sigafoos,(Writers and Dramatists), Michael Daly (Newspaper Editor and Interviewer), all of whom will be there to conduct workshops, entertain and join in the festival spirit.

“Will Local Government Reform put the Citizen and Local Communities first?” will be the theme of this year’s Annual Allingham Lecture, delivered by Minister Phil Hogan, tomorrow night at 8pm in the Abbey Centre. This will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Terry Prone. Panellists joining Minister Hogan will include academics Dr Seán O Ríordain, Dr Bríd Quinn and Mr Tom Dowling.

The history of the dam will be explored with the launch of a new book about the Erne Hydroelectric Scheme, tours of the dam and a panel discussion on its impact. There will also be a talk from the county archivist and an exhibition of old books and newpsapers. Enda McGloin’s new poetry book will be launched a nd Mark McMenamin’s documentary Peter Daly - Good Cop/Bad Cop will be discussed. Entertainment includes the annual songwriting contest in Dicey Reilly’s on Friday night, concerts, readings, Punch and Judy Show, and much, much more.

Full programme at www.allinghamartsassociation.com. To book workshops and events, email allfestivalbookings@gmail.com.