Latest Laois Event: Laois Local Live Performance On Screen
Special screenings of Laois is Live and The Centre is Where It’s At films
A very special film screening event was held in Dunamaise Theatre on Thursday 25th November. Two collections of short films were screened, Laois is Live and The Centre is Where It’s At. The films were commissioned by Laois Arts Office and funded by the Funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Local Live Performance Scheme and were filmed in the County from August to October.
They showcased many of the outstanding performers living and working in Laois, the county which nurtures their many talents. These are performers who have just been starting to re-emerge and perform again after extended lockdowns. The audience, at the screening, responded with great enthusiasm to the familiar sites and to the diverse range of performances featuring spoken word, music, song, poetry, dance and performance art and feature some well known performers including, folk legends Cua, renowned trad band Goitse, X-Factor contestant Seorisa, world class traditional dancers, Ciara and Jean Kavanagh and aean nós Singer Paddy Fitzpatrick. Poet and Aosdána member Pat Boran pays a very hearfelt homage to the Rock of Dunamaise, in his highly evocative film On A Wave of Light.
Leas Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, Cllr John Joe Fennelly and Arts Officer Muireann Ní Chonaill addressed the audience, highlighting the government funded Laois Local Live Public Performance Scheme (LLPPS) and the County’s unique approach to the project which saw the production of performance films throughout the County:
“We celebrate the creativity and the collaborations the artists made with the film makers, and the wide showcase of the talent and depth of artistic practice in Laois. The film makers rose to the challenge of making performance films of long-term value to the artists, as they relaunch their work in a public forum in these challenging times, which have hurt the creative industry so much. The films highlight the deep connection the artists and performers have with their locale, and their pride in identifying with the County. I hope that the artists and film makers found the experience a fruitful one.”
Arts Officer, Muireann Ní Chonaill acknowledged the 76 performers and artists featured in the films and thanked film makers, Louis Deacy, Naoise Kettle, Reuben Harvey, Pat Boran, David Holland, South Paw Films and Soft Day Media.
In similar sentiments Leas Cathaoirleach of Laois Co Co John Joe Fennelly expressed his congratulations and gratification at “seeing our performers and our county showcased in such a beautiful way; introducing the great outdoors, the Slieve Blooms mountains, the public gardens, the bogs, and the rich built heritage and monuments we have in our county to a wider audience.” He also took the opportunity to announce that Laois would benefit from a second round of funding under the LLPS scheme, which would see many more opportunities to support performers and provide live entertainment in the