Culture Cinema – ‘A Highjacking’ – Thursday 7th November 8pm (in association with Access Cinema)
Classical Pianist – David Syme – Friday 15th November 8pm
Drama – March Away My Brothers – Friday 22nd November 8pm
Christmas Arts & Crafts Market – Saturday 30th November
Culture Cinema – ‘Good Vibrations’ – Thursday 5th December 8pm (in association with Access Cinema)
Exhibition - The Gathering, An Exhibition of work by Kerry artists - Saturday 7th December, 7pm followed by
Jazz Piano – Grammy award-winning musician, composer and producer Laurence Hobgood – Saturday 7th December 8pm
Film – International Human Rights Day Short-film Screenings – Saturday 14th December 8pm (in association with KADE)
Classic Film Screening – Miracle On 34th Street – Thursday 19th December 2013
Please see further details on each event below.
A tense and intricately shot drama, writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s solo debut is a powerful and intensely watchable film as it tackles the high-pressure negotiations over a hijacked ship. Lindholm wrote for the award-winning Danish TV series Borgen, as well as scripting Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, while with Michael Noer he co-directed the tough prison drama R.
The film opens with simple sequences of the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) going about his work, but never actually shows the hijacking of the Rozen, a cargo ship in the Indian Ocean, instead skipping two days forward to see CEO Peter (Søren Malling) first discover his company’s vessel has been hijacked. Over the coming weeks Peter has to haggle with translator Omar (Abdihakin Asgar), while on board the Rozen, Mikkel and his fellow shipmates are locked below decks and start to lose hope that they will ever escape alive.
Pilou Asbæk (who starred in R) is moving and memorable as the genial chef whose sanity starts to crack, while equally fine is Søren Malling as the shrewd, calm and professional businessman who feels he must take responsibility for the situation, but is not fully prepared for haggling over men’s lives. – Mark Adams, Screen International
Winner – Best Film, Thessaloniki Film Festival 2012
Dir: Tobias Lindholm 2012 Denmark 103 mins Cert: 15A
Starring: Søren Malling, Pilou Asbæk, Dar Salim
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyMegiVnYwM . Admission €5. Booking on 066 9478956 / email@example.com
David Syme, American piano virtuoso living in Ireland, has had a long and colorful career. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, and in major venues in 17 European countries, Canada and Mexico. An alumnus of Juilliard and Indiana University, he was a protégé of the legendary Jorge Bolet. He has recorded two dozen CD’s with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, and the Czech National Symphony,
Since arriving in Ireland in 2005, he has been steadily forging a reputation as one of the finest pianists ever to grace its shores. He is best known there for his ‘Living-Room Concerts’, held about 25 times a year in his West Cork home on the Beara Peninsula. This series was profiled by Mary Kennedy on RTE Television’s ‘Nationwide’ in 2011. These concerts are social and musical events, with people driving from all corners of the country to attend. One of David’s biggest fans has been the immortal Maureen O’Hara, who prior to her recent move to the U.S., annually celebrated her birthday by listening to him play. Christy Moore, Ireland’s most-loved musician, has been a loyal supporter as well.
David Syme performs throughout Ireland and the European mainland as well as in the U.S.
In August 2013, he made his Dublin debut at the National Concert Hall, John Field Room, to an oversold house, with people turned away due to fire regulations.
“He’s a fearless player, with a go-for-it, heart on sleeve approach, as his programming of Liszt’s daunting arrangement of Wagner’s Tannhauser overture made clear” - Michael Dervan, The Irish Times critic
David has been re-engaged for 2 future performances at the National Concert Hall, in January and July of 2014.
For further information on the artists please visit www.SymePiano.com
Tickets €15 / €12. Booking on 066 9478956 / firstname.lastname@example.org
One-Man show ‘March Away My Brothers’
‘March Away My Brothers’ is a one man show taken from the Book of the same name by Brendan MacQuaile; it follows the journey of a young Lad, Lawrence Kelly from Bridgefoot Street in Dublin’s Liberties to the Christmas Truce in 1914, somewhere near the Messines ridge in Flanders where many Irish fought and died during the course of this terrible conflagration.
But Larry’s story is not one of hell and damnation, let’s face it, he is already dead, blown to bits at the now infamous Passchendaele and remembered only as an inscription on the Menin Gate. Larry looks back with the excitement of the early call to arms still palpable, the Guinness Pals brigade forming after Kitcheners call to arms and the sheer chaos and melee of new troops arriving in France, gung ho, ready to serve the crown, and do their bit before it was ‘Over by Christmas’.
Many of the popular songs of the time are included as an integral part of this fascinating tale. Songs such as ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and’ There’s a long long trail a winding’ were popular hits for singers such as John McCormack and Stanley Kirby during the war years and they are sung with Gusto in this performance. Some modern reflections in song are also included.
And finally to the Christmas truce, an impromptu meeting of soldiers from both sides, on a bitter cold Christmas Eve in an area known as ‘no man’s land’. Shared cigarettes, and photos. Shared experiences that revealed similarities between the troops, similarities that the Top Brass would rather keep hidden ………
‘What a great show, we enjoyed ourselves immensely’……..Joe Duffy, RTE.
‘Our Members sang along and enjoyed every note’…..Des Byrne, Dublin Fusiliers Assoc.
Tickets €15 / €12. Booking on 066 9478956 / email@example.com
Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an Alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life. – Galway Film Fleadh 2012
Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life. – Belfast Film Festival 2012
Dir: Glenn Leyburn, Lisa Barros D’Sa 2012 UK, Ireland 102 mins Cert: 15A
Starring: Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Karl Johnson, Liam Cunningham, Adrian Dunbar, Dylan Moran
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/65055920 . Admission €5. Booking on 066 9478956 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Official opening by world-renowned jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood
As the year of The Gathering draws to a close The Gathering 2013: An Exhibition of Works by Kerry Artists exhibition tour is also coming to an end. An exhibition of several of the wonderful & exciting paintings & art pieces by the Iveragh Penninsula’s most famous & well-known artists – Pauline Bewick, Pam Muller, Jean Usher, Helen Richmond, Diana Muller, Bernadette Kennedy, Christine Bowen & many more in celebration of The Gathering initiative.
The exhibition communicates through the medium of visual art, a strong sense of place and connection to the Kerry identity that it is hoped will resonate with all audiences at home and abroad. This final strand of The Gathering exhibition will be officially opened in Tech Amergin by world-renowned jazz pianist, Laurence Hobgood on Saturday 7th December at 7pm. Among the featured exhibitions are the dramatic landscapes of the Beara and Dingle peninsulas to the magnificent lakes and mountains of Killarney.
(Laurence is a Grammy award-winning musician, composer and producer and will be performing in concert after the exhibition opening at 8pm.)
Once described by Dave Brubeck as “one of the most incredible pianists I’ve ever heard, Grammy award-winning musician, composer and producer Laurence Hobgood makes a seasonal return to Ireland for a series of intimate performances in Counties Kerry, Limerick and Cork.
Well-known to music fans for his 20-year and on-going collaboration with singer and fellow Grammy-winner, Kurt Elling, Laurence will introduce Irish listeners to his extraordinary and multi-faceted talents, both as a composer-arranger and most importantly as a pianist of the highest musical order. Laurence has had a stellar career since moving to the city of Chicago in 1988. Hobgood was awarded three consecutive fellowships (90, 91 and 92) to perform in the Aspen Music festival where he played with many great artists including Gary Burton, Clark Terry and Bob Mintzer.
In 1993, he met Kurt Elling and their growing friendship evolved into a true collaboration which resulted in six albums for the iconic Blue Note label, all of which were Grammy-nominated. In 2001, Laurence won his first Grammy for his arranging on Flirting with Twilight. He has performed both with Elling and his own trio at Carnegie Hall; Lincoln Centre; Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts; Birdland, New York; the Barbican, London and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. He has also performed at the most prestigious festivals around the world including Montreux, North Sea, Newport and Cork. He has played and/or recorded with Larry Cornell, Mark Murphy, Buddy Guy, and Eddie Daniels, to name a few.
Laurence’s on-going collaboration with Kurt Elling has gone from strength to strength and has to date resulted in 10 albums, all of which Laurence has co-produced, co-written and arranged. An impressive body of work by any standards, but he hasn’t been idle when it comes to his solo work. Laurence has released five albums and has worked with such musical luminaries as Ernie Watts; seven-times Grammy winner, Paul Wertico; Kurt Rosenwinkle and Peter Erskine.
In 2012, Laurence collaborated with American Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky on a CD of music and poetry entitled Poem Jazz, which received rapturous reviews from music critics the world over. He is currently recording an album of original Christmas music, which he will be performing pieces from during his short Irish stay.
The great Marian McPartland once described Laurence Hobgood as “a pianist and composer of extraordinary talent and unusual ideas. This, coupled with a brilliant technique, makes his every performance a musical gem.” High praise indeed from a legend.
Tickets €15 / €12. Booking on 066 9478956 / email@example.com
Kerry One World Centre’s annual Human Rights Day Film screenings will take place in Tralee and Waterville. KOWC is pleased to showcase, for the fifth year, five short human rights films in two Kerry venues to mark International Human Rights Day (December 10). These films formed the shortlist for the 2013 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, and are being screened with the kind permission of the ICCL and the filmmakers. The Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL) was founded in 1976 by Mary Robinson and others to function as an independent human rights watchdog which monitors, educates and campaigns in order to secure full enjoyment of human rights for all in Ireland. The five films shortlisted for this year’s Awards run a gamut of themes from the subjugation of women during armed conflict to the empowerment of people with disabilities. The strength of the human spirit and the capacity of a human rights based approach to protect the most vulnerable members of society is a common thread that runs through all of them. Donation: €5 [ €1 concession]
These films formed the shortlist from the 2012 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, and are being screened with the kind permission of the ICCL and the filmmakers. For further information about the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards see www.humanrightsfilmawards.org . Please note: warning, one film contains accounts of sexual violence which may upset some people, regardless of age and has been rated 15A by IFCO (anyone under 15 should be accompanied).
‘Miracle On 34th Street’ is many things: a celebration of the Christmas spirit, a heartfelt plea against the “over-commercialism” (even in 1947) of Christmas, an examination of faith itself . . . just to name a few.
It works on every level. Every bit as well today, 54 years after its initial release, as then. Don’t waste your time with the remakes — both on TV as well as theatrical productions (and the less said about an abortive 1963 Broadway musical adaptation, “Here’s Love,” the better). Admission €5. Booking on 066 9478956 / firstname.lastname@example.org