Galway Culture Night, last Friday, was full of events hosted in local theatres and venues. As we misplaced our device that lets us be in more than two places at once, we ran around the city like lunatics trying to catch as much of the action as possible!
We were racing to the Galway City Museum where the Galway Film Centre, under the banner of UNESCO City of Film, was showing a series of shorts. En route, we passed some interesting performance art at the Spanish Arch so we stopped to take these snaps.
After arriving at the City Museum for the short movies, audience members were advised that the films would last for 15 minutes, and that they would be starting shortly, so we entered the small stuffy room on the Museum’s second floor. Not only did the films not start ‘shortly’, but they certainly didn’t last 15 minutes. We arrived in the room at 7:45 pm and left at 8:25 pm. Being packed into that room was torturous, claustrophobic and we couldn’t wait to get out of there – which was unfortunate because the three Galway films that were shown were extremely good works by a selection of very talented Galway directors: Contact (Laura Poortenga), Brief Lives (Anna Downes), and Knitted Memories (Mary Fitzpatrick).
We caught our breath and trotted off towards the Galway Arts Centre where a lovely chap entertained by playing the flower pots. Oh, yes. He had them lined up, hooked to a loop pedal and some other magic machinery (speakers?), and was delighting everyone with gorgeous, relaxing tunes. And…there was free wine.
Not wanting to leave flower-pot man, but not wanting to miss any of the action, we reluctantly made our way to the beautiful Bridge Mills building where a host of short films and art exhibits on were on display. Geraldine Robinson’s works of oil on canvas was a real eye catcher.
Upon crossing the bridge, some funky beats caught our ears on the horizon, and we came upon the Infinity Project: the brainchild of the Giddy Biddy Collective, Infinity saw eight volunteers enter a 20 ft container in the City Centre for 24 hours, to highlight the issue of forced migration. The volunteers were locked in the container overnight, with only water to drink, a bucket for waste and no comforts or communication. The funky beats were provided by a host of talented singers and rappers in a marquee just beside the container, blasting out politically-fuelled lyrics. The project as a whole was our favourite from Galway Culture Night 2015.
It was a gorgeous night in the West, the rain held out, and it was actually quite warm. People were out on the street enjoying the performances and busking and, of course, there was a real buzz in the air