Soda Blonde – Lasta – Brightening Air Festival
If you’re looking for something to make up for missing out on James Vincent McMorrow tickets for the Iveagh Garden tonight, you could do a lot worse than check out Soda Blonde (10th of June) at 7pm. This opening gig will stream live on Lasta’s Youtube and is free of charge.
It’s all part of the Brightening Air festival, which is billed as “10 days of incredible arts experiences in surprising locations nationwide”.
It features, 21 young curators engaged to programme their own festival delivering for the first time a national arts programme curated entirely by young people for young people. These young people have worked collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland and delivering a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible and exciting festival of events.
Here’s a flavour of some of the works which have been created:
• A Bright White Limbo – Cara Holmes’ documentary looking at the creation of Oona Doherty’s extraordinary debut dance show Hope Hunt.
• This Girl… – A playful production written by Finegan Kruckemeyer, ‘This Girl Laughs’ is an allegory about growing into your own skin.
• Revved – Formation Lap – Documentary on making theatre during covid, centering on Revved, a new play by Patrick Quinn
• By Ear – An exploration of Irish traditional/jazz improvisations
• Hey There Black Child – FeliSpeaks(Poet/Writer) & Tobi Balogun (Dancer & Douglas Reddan(Director) creating a visual world where Tobi will move and Dance to the word spoken by Felicia – Poetry Dance Film
• Seawall – Theatre monologue adapted to film, written by Simon Stephens and performed by Andrew Scott
• “Deliver” – Uplifting 10/12min documentary screening followed by a panel looking at an overview of the history of young mothers in Ireland plus highlighting two specific stories
• Weekend Warrior – Tony Doyle performs his one man comedy piece about alcoholism and addiction – trust us, it’s no laughing matter.