YARN Storytelling Festival Bray

Things to do in County Wicklow, Ireland - YARN Storytelling Festival Bray - YourDaysOut
36D Main St, Bray, Co. Wicklow, A98 K6P5, Ireland
Nov 10, 2018 2:00:00 PM - Nov 18, 2018 5:00:00 PM
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YARN Storytelling Festival Bray:  10-18 November 2018

Mermaid Arts Centre is delighted to present YARN Storytelling Festival Bray 2017. Now in its eighth year, YARN brings together our community to share and hear stories. These storytelling events take place throughout the town in classrooms, community groups, libraries, cafés and bars, in Mermaid itself and at lots of other venues. 

For a full list of events go do : https://www.mermaidartscentre.ie/whats-on/events/category/yarn-storytelling-festival-bray

Digging for Gold - Family Storytelling at Killruddery

When: Saturday, November 10th, 2pm

Venue: The Shoot Room, Killruddery. Admission Free. First-come, first-served. Suitable for ages 5+

Cillian Brennan tells the stories he's heard and the ones he's made up to anyone who'll sit still long enough to listen to them. His favourite stories are ones that contain seeds of truth sheathed in beautiful lies.

He has performed at the Listowel Writers’ Festival, at the Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, and at other storytelling events up and down the country. His particular interest in the Irish Language spurred him on to found ReRá – a monthly Irish-language storytelling night in Cork City where he continues to live happily ever after.

The Cúchulainn Saga - Frances Quinn

When: Saturday, November 10th, 8pm

Venue: Upstairs in the Town Hall

Frances Quinn grew up in Armagh with a keen sense of the history of the city and county. As an adult she felt the need to bring the landscape alive around the Navan Fort (just outside the city) with the great figures who featured in Cúchulainn’s life.

As an actor and storyteller she peoples that landscape through the rite of passage stories of Cúchulainn introducing the audience to King Conor Mac Nessa, Feargus Mac Roech, his wife Eimear and the warrior Aoife among many others. This is a great introduction to The Táin.

Frances will be joined by fiddler Ultan O'Brien from Co.Clare. He performs and records regularly as a soloist and with groups including Skipper's Alley and Non Teanga: Un Çhengey. Ultan stays active in the worlds of performance, composition and music education.

Poetry in the Park

When: Sunday, November 11th, 12pm

Venue: Bandstand in The People's Park, Bray

Poetry in the Park is a local community event where people come together to read poems - either their own or someone else's that they would like to share. The event takes place on the bandstand in the People's Park at 12pm on the 1st Sunday each month, whatever the weather and everyone is welcome, including children. There is no pressure to read as listeners are most welcome. In addition to the regular monthly meet-up on Sunday 4 November, a second gathering will take place on Sunday 11 November as part of YARN Storytelling Festival Bray. Join us for some poems and perhaps a story or two from special YARN guest storyteller Frances Quinn.

Aengus & Caer

When: Sunday, November 11th, 7pm

Venue: Upstairs in the Town Hall

Tar agus tarraing cuimhní ó cúl do chinn… Samhain is a time when the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest. Enter into a world of myth and magic with Rónán ó Snodaigh (Musician and Poet), Olwen Pendred (Priestess of Celtic Mystery Tradition) and The Zoryanna Tribal dancers as they weave the dream of Aengus and Caer through song, story, music and dance.

“I will find out where she has gone, and kiss her lips and take her hands…”(Yeats)

Storytelling at Duff's with Connie Regan Blake

When: Wednesday, November 14th, 8pm

Venue: Frank Duff's Lounge

One of the world's most celebrated storytellers, Connie Regan Blake joins us at YARN hot from Sneem Storytelling Festival in Kerry. Connie has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances and workshops. Connie brings the wisdom, humor and drama of stories to main stage concert halls, libraries, the the corporate world. and now to Frank Duff's Lounge.

Candlelit Tales - The Book of Invasions

When: Thursday, November 15th, 7pm

Venue: Upstairs in the Town Hall

A woman sets foot on an undisturbed, wild land, and claims it as her home...

The story of our earliest mythology; the succession of invasions by the first tribes to come to Ireland. From Cesair and her fifty handmaidens (and her husband who wasn’t quite up to the task of populating the land), to the magical Tuatha de Danann, to the Celts who sent them underground.

Irish identity explored in the unique storytelling style of Candlelit Tales, to a live musical score.

Tickets on the door cost €5 in aid of the RNLI Lifeboats Dun Laoghaire

Kindly supported by The Harbour Bar

John Connors - Ireland's Call

When: Thursday, November 15th, 8pm

Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre

Follow the lives and family histories of three young men as they grow up in Coolock on Dublin's northside. What shapes them and entices them to a life of crime? Examining issues of class, religion and identity, this new play is an unflinching exploration of the Irish psyche, bringing our collective guilts, secrets and flaws to the surface.

The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion.

Developed as part of Show in A Bag, an artist development initiative by Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.

Age Suitability: 16+

Tea Dance by Little John Nee & The Tea Dance Triode

When: Friday, November 16th, 8pm

Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre

Under Milk Wood meets Twin Peaks with a soundtrack by Cab Calloway and the Velvet Underground, that’s not where it’s at, but go down that road half a mile and swing a left at Bukowski’s Grave past Son House and Debussy, keep going till you meet Flann O’Brien – He’ll tell you where it is…Tullyglen.

For a long time now world weary beatniks, bomb-makers, old hippies, anarcho-punks, contrarians, outsider artists, suffragettes and fugitives have retreated to rural locations to start afresh. Tullyglen is one such place; A remote Donegal village where Everyone has a story and no one wants to tell it; everyone has a hidden dread that someday their chickens are going to come home to roost. Is Tullyglen based on a real village? It might be. Who wants to know?

Monsters, Fairies & Silly Jack - Family Storytelling at Killruddery

When: Saturday, November 17th, 2pm

Venue: The Shoot Room, Killruddery Farm Market, Killruddery House & Gardens

Orkney storyteller Tom Muir takes you on a journey to islands created from the body of a terrible monster, where a woman’s kindness wins her the blessing of the fairies and where Silly Jack makes his fortune by doing exactly what he is told. These stories were told by Tom’s Pictish and Viking ancestors long ago as they sat by their fireside during the long winter nights.

The People of the Sea

When: Saturday, November 17th, 2pm

Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre

A storytelling evening inspired by Celtic Legends of Seals, Selchies, Mermaids and Mermen and the People who live side by side with them. With Tom Muir (Scotland), Abbi Patrix (France) and Nuala Hayes (Ireland), with music from flautist Ellen Cranitch.

Kindly supported by the Federation for European Storytelling (FEST) and Creative Europe. A unique opportunity to tap into the wealth of storytelling tradition across Europe.

Music & Me

When: Sunday, November 18th, 6pm

Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre

Music is there for all of us and in their delightful readings the Little Bray Writers Group shows us how. Sit back and enjoy these insights into music in their everyday lives. The readings are enhanced by the beautiful guitar playing of Gerry Anderson, using his own compositions and other pieces. A themed slide-show by Deirdre Ridgeway compliments the performances.

The Writers Group are facilitated by writer Carmen Cullen. They are supported by the Bray Family Resource and Development Project, Fassaroe.

This event is kindly supported by Wicklow County Council, Wicklow Arts Office and Culture Ireland. Admission Free.

This exhibition is part of YARN Storytelling Festival. Now in its ninth year, Yarn is a community-based non-profit making festival that strives to bring the wonderful art-form of storytelling to as many people in our community as possible. Createschool is grateful for the financial support of Wicklow County Council and An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta that made this film possible.

Pick up a festival brochure in Mermaid Arts Centre or around the town or visit www.mermaidartscentre.ie for further information.

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