Happy New Year Moonfish followers! We hope you had an invigorating, inspiring and indulgent holiday season wherever you decided to spend it. Sometimes nothing works better than a few days of rest to blow the cobwebs away and get the creative juices flowing into the New Year.
What does 2016 hold for you all? It’s time to kick those January blues out the door and get some plans in the diary because the Arts scene in Galway is going to be hopping for the next 12 months. I’d advise keeping a close eye on social media for all the happenings you’ll want to stick in your diary in chunky neon yellow highlighter. The Galway 2020 campaign has really ramped up several notches since Galway was shortlisted to become European Capital of Culture 2020. Obviously this shortlist place alone is fantastic for the city, but if you’d like to get involved and help get Galway over the finish line, you can click here to find out more.
Friday the 29th of April sees the return of what the Irish Times quite rightly called “a wonderland for the imagination” – Galway Theatre Festival. After critical success, sell-outs all round and a serious creative buzz around town during the 2015 festival, I’m on the edge of my seat to see what they come up with this year. My sources tell me there’ll be an announcement as to what’s in store for us fairly shortly so keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter.
As 2015 drew to a close, the fantastic Waking The Feminists movement began, spearheaded by the fantastically brave and tenacious Lian Bell. We were lucky enough to have her on board as our designer for Star of the Sea and I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings for this long-overdue and brilliantly organised movement. They’ve got a shiny new website so you can keep up to date with developments. Waking the Feminists West kicked off last night too – a season of plays by Irish women, which will take place in Galway from now until May 2016. You can find out more details by following them on Twitter @WakingFeministW
Moonfish are plotting away this month as our year as Artists in Residence at the fantastic Riverbank Arts Centre begins. The Riverbank have an awesome programme for this coming year (not to mention a brilliant café!) so if you’re passing through Newbridge you should definitely stop by and check it out.
Our first workshop at The Riverbank will take place on the 12th and 13th of March . Ever wondered if you could use technology to create theatre magic? We’ve teamed up with Educated Machine to introduce you to a world of robotics, programming and electronics. It’s theatre like you’ve never seen it before! Click here to find out more and book yourself a space on this fascinating experience. If you know any theatre-mad coders, gamers, YouTubers etc. please do spread the word. We’re so lucky to have this opportunity to explore new methods of creating theatre and to use innovative workshops to add to our skills. Watch this space folks…