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Aerial Blue International Summer School, Mayo 22 – 31 July 2011

Aerial Blue is a themed summer school for contemporary artists. This year’s focus is on islandism and the notion of insularity as a gateway to radical difference. Aerial Blue invites artists from across the world to come to Ireland for eight days of touring workshops, guest lectures and island survivalism.The fellows for Aerial Blue will be the sole habitants and caretakers of this island during their residency and will be invited to present workshops, collective actions or propose ideas and concepts for investigation. Following this island residency, the touring summer school travels along the west coast, being hosted on the way by different communities. Aerial Blue is the second edition of an annual summer school that began with Mercedes Fire in 2010.Aerial Blue will take place for eight days from 22 – 31 July 2011 and is open to applications from artists, architects, film-makers, researchers and associated disciplines. Applicants are asked to offer a short statement of interest (approx. 200 words), samples of previous work and CV. It is important that the statement of interest clearly demonstrates an engagement with the theme of the summer school.Application to be sent to: before 5pm, 2 June 2011.

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Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival – June 24-26

Over ten free gigs, one headline event and a whole lot of foot stompin’

Who needs a tent when you have Irish pubs?

Top-class local, national and international folk and bluegrass acts will be playing a plethora of free gigs in venues throughout the beautiful town of Westport, Co Mayo, over the last weekend in June. Musicians and singers near and far are tuning up their instruments and soaking their vocal cords in honey (or whiskey) in anticipation of the annual Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival.


Now in its fifth year, the festival will once again treat music lovers to a host of free gigs, as well as a music workshop, a musical lunch and a great big dollop of fun.

The Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival began life as one man’s dream to create a unique festival in the town in which he lived. After running into a brick wall when trying to book singer/songwriter Jimmy McCarthy for a one-off gig in the town, Uri Kohen decided enough was enough. Westport needed to be seen as a live music destination, and he would make damn sure it would be seen that way. It might be a small place on the western edge of an island on the edge of Europe – but that didn’t stop Uri from thinking big. 

And so it was that the weekend-long festival was born. The Lee Valley String Band from Cork were asked to headline the first festival, and since then the wheels have been spinning faster and faster. As Uri says, “there was no way back.” Artists from Ireland, Europe and America were soon lining up to take part in the festival, and bluegrass fans in Ireland pencilled in the last weekend of June as the time to make their way to the west for three days of top-quality music in the great town of Westport.

This year will feature 15 acts from different parts of the world, performing in seven different venues around the town.

As the event is all about the music and fun, all the gigs are FREE, except for the main Saturday-night show (June 25), which will feature three top bluegrass bands playing for over five hours. And at €15, the cost is far from prohibitive.

For further information, contact Uri Kohen on 087 757 0958 or , or visit  .





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Erris Beo Craft Fair & Market

As part of the Erris Beo festival, there will be a Craft Fair & Market in Áras Inis Gluaire on Friday, 17 June, from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. There will be a wide range of locally produced crafts and products. For further information, please contact Erris Beo by emailing or call 097 82292.

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Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

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John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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Culture Night 2016

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