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I Am Wall Project…We Need YOU!!

August 11, 2011

Locals are being asked to participate in the biggest ever celebration of Drogheda’s town wall. We are looking for volunteers to join us in bringing together over 2,000 people to join hands and form a ‘Human Wall’. The event will take place on Sunday the 21st of August at 11.30am and will last for just one hour. The event will be recorded by aerial footage and each participant will be given a free red T-Shirt and a certificate stating their involvement in the event.
The event will be covered by local and national newspapers, radio and television including RTE’s Nationwide.

Please contact Drogheda Art Centre for more information
call:041 9875140
For info: Marcella Bannon – 0868278170


19th of February, a day full of exciting events in Droichead

January 27, 2011

It is still January, but in Droichead we are already very excited about the 19th of February. Not only because from then the evenings will finally start to stretch again, but mostly because we are delighted to present 2 high quality film events on that day: Wishful Thinking and 140. Wishful Thinking will particularly be interesting for artists and art lovers in the town. 140 is a true gem by local director Frank Kelly, so just come and see what talent we have right here in Drogheda. Did I mention that both events are FREE?

Wishful Thinking is a curated programme of artists’ film, bringing together a selection of 16mm films by contemporary international artists: Luke Fowler, Jaki Irvine, Ursula Mayer, Rosalind Nashashibi, Roman Ondak, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Deborah Stratman, and Moira Tierney.

Borrowing its title from the common phrase to describe an optimistic and ever hopeful outlook, Wishful Thinking presents artists’ films that look beyond the surfaces and circumstances of the world as we find it. Whether by casting into the future, back to the past, or by re-approaching things that are all too familiar, the selected artists employ the particular characteristics of 16mm film to reshape our experiences of time through moving images.

One of the selected artists, Jaki Irvine, is based in Ireland, living and working in Dublin. Her works in film and video, whether in single-screen format or in more complex multi-screen installations, weave together enticing, though ultimately elusive narratives in which image, voice-over and musical score variously overlap, coalesce and diverge. These languid explorations of human interaction with the natural world, the built environment, and with other humans are suffused with a melancholic lyricism and leavened by a dark, dreamlike humour.

140 is the new film by director Frank Kelly, who lives and works in Drogheda. Frank was born in 1977 in Drogheda and studied Animation Production in Ballyfermot College of Further Education. His first film, Emily’s Song, which he co-wrote/directed/produced, was screened at over 30 International Film Festivals and received various awards.

His latest film 140 went into première on 10/10/10 in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. 140 filmmakers in 140 locations around the world shot 140 seconds each on June 21st 2009, in 23 countries on 5 continents, simultaneously, capturing the same moment around the planet. This film is a true gem and Droichead is delighted to be showing it.

New film club season kicking off

September 9, 2010

We are delighted to announce the programme for our new film club season which is starting next Tuesday. We have a varied selection of Irish and international ‘must-have-seen-films’ lined up.

This season’s cinema programme includes 9 films, on-screen every Tuesday evening at 8pm. This semester’s film club is kicking off on the 14th of September. All screenings are on in our venue in Stockwell Street. Season tickets cost 36€ and include 9 films. Single tickets cost 8€ per screening.

Our programme:

This season we also present the Rocky Horror Picture Show to celebrate Halloween. Film club members receive the concession rate for this event when they show their film club card upon booking the event at Box Office.

Just click on the film for the synopsis and screening information.

14/09 – Departures – by Yôjirô Takita

21/09 – Micmacs – by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

28/09 – The white ribbon – by Michael Haneke

5/10 – Lourdes – by Jessica Hausner

12/10 – His and hers – by Ken Wardrop

FRIDAY 22/10 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show – by Jim Sharman

2/11 – Samson and Delilah – by Warwick Thornton

23/11 – A Prophet – by Jacques Audiard

30/11 – Séraphine – by Martin Provost

7/12 – Mother – by Bong Joon-ho

For more info and tickets contact our box office on 041 9833946.

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Exciting times for culture vultures in September

August 23, 2010

Let’s face it, the summer is almost over. But never mind, because there is no reason for the culture vultures to be bored in September. A new cultural year starts and Droichead’s line up for autumn is loaded with great events. Did you know that we have a world class opera coming to Droichead? Are you aware of the free events in our venue? Did you hear the new film club is about to kick off again? Keep reading to learn more about all this…

The Viaduct Bards presents Poetry in Motion on the last Wednesday of each month between 7.30 and 9.30pm in the café bar, starting off with A Jam session for Poets on the 25th of August. This is a free event and you are invited to come along and listen to local writers and poets read and perform from their work.  Special guests include Marie MacSweeney, Patrick Dillon, John O’Rourke and the Boyne Writers Group from Trim.

Southern Tenant Folk Union

On the 4th of September we are delighted to welcome the Folk/Bluegrass band Southern Tenant Folk Union. Folk music is having a moment right now, because this is a brilliant band. The most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass band in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union has just released their third album ‘The New Farming Scene’. Formed by Belfast born five-string banjo player Pat McGarvey, this seven piece all acoustic band with banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmony vocals will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands. You can listen to some of their great new songs by clicking on the following link: TA9 by Southern Tenant Folk Union.

On the 14th of September the kick-off of our new Film Club programme is scheduled, starting off with “Departures” by the Japanese director Yôjirô Takita. This is a totally eccentric, lushly scored, moving, and funny drama that uses the rituals of death to foster a greater appreciation of life. The film won several international prizes including the Academy Award in 2009 for Best Foreign language Film

On the 17th of September a world class opera is coming all the way to Drogheda: The Diary of Anne Frank by Opera Theatre Company. Vivid and insightful, this heartrending opera recreates the world of 13 year-old Anne Frank in hiding, living in hope and fear, longing for normality for herself and her family. Sung in English, the focus is on Anne’s original words – her profound thoughts and her courageousness find moving and eloquent expression in the poignant score.

The ‘Early Bird catches the Deal’ remains our motto this season so booking in advance is recommended. For more info and tickets go to our website or contact our box office on 041 9833946.

Catch up on Culture Week

May 19, 2010

It’s “Catch up on Culture Week” this week. This is a nice way of saying ‘get your bum off the couch’ and experience some of the fantastic cultural events that are on all around Ireland this week. It’s a great initiative to make people aware of the wide range of quality artistic events around the country and invite them to catch up on some culture.

One of the events on the calendar of Droichead this week was a day out for the senior citizens, in collaboration with the Highlanes Gallery. The day started with a lovely lunch in Anderson’s café, followed by a guided tour around the Highlanes Gallery in which the permanent collections as well as current exhibition “The Marienbad Palace” were discussed. And since the exhibition continues in Droichead Arts Centre, I was delighted to give a talk about the art work in our gallery in Stockwell Street.

After that, no one less than the lovely Lady Dunsany introduced the film “Dean Spanley”, based on a little-known 1936 novella by the Irish author Baron Dunsany. Lady Dunsany, the present Lord’s wife, vividly talked about how Baron Dunsany used to absolutely hate dogs being dirty on the streets, peeing everywhere in public. He promptly decided to write a little novella about these experiences. He wrote it in such a way that you would nearly believe he was a dog himself in a previous life, picturing the life of a dog so accurately.

Contemporary movies and films often contain a good dose of sex, nudity or violence.  They seem to have become the key ingredients for defining a good movie. No such thing in “Dean Spanley” and yet it’s very beautiful and intriguing, thus showing that a great story can be enough to create a gem of a film.

Catch up on Culture Week is on until the 22nd of May. For events and more information, check out and to see the line-up for Droichead Arts Centre during the weekend go to Good luck with all the catching up.