Lifelong learning at IMBOLC Festival

We’re all lifelong learners. Most of us have goals or interests outside of our formal schooling and jobs. We have a natural curiosity and we are natural learners. Learning for its own sake brings its own advantages and enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development.

IMBOLC Festival’s Lifelong Learning programme comprises three introductory workshops for personal development and learning: dance, music and theatre. Each Lifelong Learning class costs £10 individually. Sign up for all three and pay only £20!

(Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and workshops often sell out!)

Dance | Damhsa

An introduction to Sean-nós dancing | Bunchúrsa damhsa ar an Sean-nós

Tutor | Teagascóir: Mary McGuiggan

Wednesday 29 January | An Chéadaoin 29 Eanáir

10:00 – 12:00

An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin

Mary McGuiggan is a traditional Irish step dancer from Bellaghy in South Derry and has been immersed in Irish song and dance since an early age. She has danced competitively, winning many championships at local, Ulster and All-Ireland level.

She has performed in the Irish Sea Sessions Tour, the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, The Oireachtas and All-Ireland Fleadheanna. She performs and teaches workshops across Ireland with her brother Joe; both were awarded the Bardic Lifetime Achievement Award at the All Ireland Fleadh in Sligo in 2015.

Music | Ceol

An introduction to Irish traditional music | Bunchúrsa cheol traidisiúnta na hÉireann

Tutor | Teagascóir: Maggie Maguire

Thursday 30 January | An Déardaoin 30 Eanáir

18:00 – 20:00

Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh

Maggie Maguire is a traditional Irish fiddle player and teacher from Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh. From a stylistically-reputed family of musicians, she has achieved various All-Ireland competition awards, and has appeared on several Irish and international television and radio programmes, including TG4’s Geantraí and BBC’s Blas Ceoil. She studied Music to degree and Masters Level under Dr. Liz. Doherty at the Ulster University, Derry City (UU). Leader of the 2014 All-Ireland-winning Knockmore Céilí Band, she has broadcast with them in the 2015 TG4 series Stair na mBannaí. She has performed with artistes including Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, and Liz Doherty and Fiddlesticks. She has played in Ireland and abroad with CCÉ’s Tour across Ireland, in Britain and America, and at festivals including including Ar Ais Arís (Co. Donegal), Tonder (Denmark), Dolans’ (Co. Limerick), Celtic Colours (Canada) and Celtic Connections (Scotland).

Theatre | Drámaíocht

An introduction to acting

Presented by Lyric Theatre’s Creative Learning programme | Bunchúrsa aisteoireachta

Curtha i láthair ag clár ‘An Fhoghlaim Chruthaitheach’ de chuid an Lyric Theatre

Tutor | Teagascóir: Kieran Lagan

Saturday 1 February | An Satharn 1 Feabhra

12:00 – 14:00

Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin

This introductory workshop in acting offers the opportunity for those who have a little experience, or perhaps none at all,

to investigate the basic techniques behind successful theatre performance.

Kieran Lagan is the lead Acting Tutor for the Lyric Theatre’s highly successful Drama Studio programme. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and teaches at Queen’s University, Belfast and Ulster University.