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Newbridge, Ireland
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February 2020

THEATRE: TINTOWN by Bob Kelly

Thursday 20th February, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18/€16

With the outbreak of WW2, the Irish government introduces internment without trial for all suspected IRA members, and Bernard Carroll – a naive young Dubliner who believes he is a revolutionary -  is swept up with hundreds of others and held in a ramshackle internment camp on the plains of the Curragh. The camp is packed with militant republicans, left-wing revolutionaries, civil war veterans.  They can leave any time they want, but there’s one catch – they must first renounce…

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ADULT WORKSHOP: The Value of Paper Folding with Vanya Lambrecht Ward

Friday 21st February, 2020 - 11:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€20

This workshop is for anybody interested in working spatially with paper (teachers, artists, mathematicians and complete novices). The workshops will explore a range of paper folding techniques and methods; from simple one page folds to modular and complex geographic shapes, to Kirigami and other intricate paper engineering processes. We would like to invite you to come and explore these spatial paper techniques and its endless possibilities and uses. Free ticket for screening of Between The Folds, with every workshop ticket…

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SCREENING: Between the Folds

Friday 21st February, 2020 - 13:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€3

As part of FOLD/UNFOLD exhibition by Vanya Lambrecht Ward we are screening Between the Folds by Vanessa Goulds. Between the Folds is an award winning documentary which chronicles the stories of ten artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. USA / 2008 / 56mins / Cert: G

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WORKSHOP: Paper Folding with Vanya Lambrecht Ward

Friday 21st February, 2020 - 15:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10

Folding, bending, tucking, crumbling and flattening are but some of the things we need for making paper space. We like to invite you to come and play, explore and discover the making of paper spaces. We will build and construct great geometric shapes and other structures using only paper and no glue… Not just a great skill to have but endless and puzzling fun! Duration 90 mins Ages 6+

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WORKSHOP: Time Travel Writing with Megan Wynne

Saturday 22nd February, 2020 - 10:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€15

This workshop explores creating fictional character who travel backwards and forwards in time. Think of Back to the Future, Doctor Who and Hermione using the Time Turner in Harry Potter! The workshop covers key skills: character creation, opening the story, setting the scene and plot. Writers will return home with the beginnings of (and in some cases complete) story, written entirely by themselves, set in the present, past and future! Megan is a writer and fully qualified teacher. Her first…

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MUSIC: The Celtic Tenors – 20th Anniversary Tour

Saturday 22nd February, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€25

The Celtic Tenors – three tenors, one voice. This charismatic, globetrotting trio are the most successful classical crossover act to emerge from Ireland. The Celtic Tenors signed with Sony Classics in 2000 and have sold over 1 million albums worldwide to date, achieving Top 10 positions on Billboard Charts in the United States and Canada. They are the only tenor group with a truly global audience,  playing to packed houses across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. The…

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CINEMA: Little Women

Monday 24th February, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

Writer-director Greta Gerwig presents this new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about four sisters growing up at the end of the American Civil War. As the March sisters struggle to live their lives on their own terms, they all face challenges, both similar and different. Jo wants to be a writer; Meg longs to find love and raise a family; Amy wants to paint and to marry well; and gentle Beth wants to play piano and for nothing…

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EARLY YEARS: Little Lámha with Beth O’Halloran

Thursday 27th February, 2020 - 11:00
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One event on Thursday 26th March, 2020 at 11:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€8 (adult & child)

These workshops are designed for young children working together with their grown-up. Visual artist Beth O’Halloran will guide these fun and creative sessions. Together you will explore colour, shapes and storytelling in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Come and join in a morning of fun with your little one. Beth is a visual artist and writer. She has been facilitating children's workshops for two decades and works in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery and the Hugh Lane…

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THEATRE: CROWMAN by Katie Holly

Thursday 27th February, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€18/€16

Crowman is Dan Lonergan’s account of the hilarious characters that inhabit his life on a daily basis and a true love story that never was. By turns poignant and comic, Jon Kenny carries the audience on a roller-coaster ride from his childhood to middle-age, from the hurling pitch to the pub and from one uproariously funny character to the other. It is about lost love and the sense of belonging and not belonging to a small community. Most of all…

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LOCAL ARTS: Kildare Youth Theatre presents Queen’s County

Friday 28th February, 2020 - 20:00
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One event on Saturday 29th February, 2020 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10/€8

Queen’s County draws inspiration from the fist trialled plantations operated by the English crown in Ireland in the 16th century in counties Laois and Offaly. The one in Laois became known as Queen’s County. This devised play explores displacement and alienation through the lens of young people’s experience today, and includes episodes on commuting, rural isolation, strangeness and belonging, in one character’s surreal train journey through County Laois en route home from Electric Picnic. The performance is devised by Kildare…

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LOCAL ARTS: Kildare Youth Theatre presents Queen’s County

Saturday 29th February, 2020 - 20:00
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One event on Saturday 29th February, 2020 at 20:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€10/€8

Queen’s County draws inspiration from the fist trialled plantations operated by the English crown in Ireland in the 16th century in counties Laois and Offaly. The one in Laois became known as Queen’s County. This devised play explores displacement and alienation through the lens of young people’s experience today, and includes episodes on commuting, rural isolation, strangeness and belonging, in one character’s surreal train journey through County Laois en route home from Electric Picnic. The performance is devised by Kildare…

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March 2020

CINEMA: MONOS

Monday 2nd March, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

Exiled on a remote mountainside in South America, the Monos are a group of teenage soldiers left to guard a single hostage: Doctora. Who they are and where they come from is not known. They have their orders from the Organisation communicated by radio, and also sporadic visits from the Messenger, serving as a voice of authority and connection to the outside world. But when the accidental death of the camp’s cow causes the group’s leadership to be questioned, the…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: A Dog Called Money

Thursday 5th March, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

As imaginative as the creative process it documents, this is a uniquely intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record. A collaboration between writer and musician, Harvey, and award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy. Seeking first-hand experience of the countries she wanted to write about, Harvey accompanied Murphy on some of his worldwide reporting trips, joining him in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington DC. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected images. Back home, the words become poems, songs, then…

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CINEMA: Short Grass Film Festival

Saturday 7th March, 2020 - 11:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE, booking advised

Over the last decade, Kildare County Council have funded a diverse range of films through the Short Grass Films bursary awards and film commission. The repertoire includes short film, animation, documentary, drama as well as feature length films, many of which have received national and international accolades. Kildare Short Grass Films have supported the making of films on location in Kildare and film makers from the county. The Kildare Short Grass Film Festival is jam packed with film screenings. The…

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SPECIAL SCREENING: Arracht (Monster)

Saturday 7th March, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

This striking feature debut by Tom Sullivan, Arracht (Monster) is set in the wild shores of Ireland’s west coast as the potato blight descends in 1845. Stripped back and fierce, it’s an intense small-scale Irish-language drama which plunges the viewer into the cold desperation of those Famine times. Arracht is a visually expressive piece centred around a population eking out an existence in sparse shelter on forbidding ground, yet whose horizons couldn’t be wider as they take their rudimentary fishing…

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CINEMA: 1917

Monday 9th March, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€6 Early Bird/€9

Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.…

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SCHOOLS: The Lonsdale Project

Thursday 12th March, 2020 - 10:00
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One event on Thursday 12th March, 2020 at 12:00

One event on Friday 13th March, 2020 at 10:00

One event on Friday 13th March, 2020 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€5 students, accompanying teachers free

The Lonsdale Project is a new theatre show about the life and work of Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971) - chemist, crystallographer, anti-war campaigner, writer, mother, and former inmate of Holloway Prison. Despite being a pioneering Irish scientist and activist, Kathleen Lonsdale’s name and legacy are curiously unknown by the general public. Super Paua aims to change that! By harnessing an interdisciplinary team of artists, educators and scientists, they have created an engaging piece of theatre about X-ray diffraction, Benzene, pacifism, crystals,…

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SCHOOLS: The Lonsdale Project

Thursday 12th March, 2020 - 12:00
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One event on Thursday 12th March, 2020 at 12:00

One event on Friday 13th March, 2020 at 12:00

One event on Friday 13th March, 2020 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€5 students, accompanying teachers free

The Lonsdale Project is a new theatre show about the life and work of Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971) - chemist, crystallographer, anti-war campaigner, writer, mother, and former inmate of Holloway Prison. Despite being a pioneering Irish scientist and activist, Kathleen Lonsdale’s name and legacy are curiously unknown by the general public. Super Paua aims to change that! By harnessing an interdisciplinary team of artists, educators and scientists, they have created an engaging piece of theatre about X-ray diffraction, Benzene, pacifism, crystals,…

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Covid-19 – Temporary Closure

Thursday 12th March, 2020 - 18:00 - Monday 14th September, 2020 - 18:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Covid-19 COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Following the measures announced by An Taoiseach on Thursday, 12th March, Riverbank Arts Centre is complying with the directive to close our building from 12th March  (We are closely monitoring the situation and will reopen when advised that it is safe to do so).  See statement by Riverbank Director here.  This sudden closure means that we will need to postpone numerous events that are planned for the coming weeks. We are contacting all ticket holders, beginning immediately…

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SCHOOLS: The Lonsdale Project

Friday 13th March, 2020 - 10:00
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One event on Thursday 12th March, 2020 at 12:00

One event on Friday 13th March, 2020 at 10:00

One event on Friday 13th March, 2020 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€5 students, accompanying teachers free

The Lonsdale Project is a new theatre show about the life and work of Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971) - chemist, crystallographer, anti-war campaigner, writer, mother, and former inmate of Holloway Prison. Despite being a pioneering Irish scientist and activist, Kathleen Lonsdale’s name and legacy are curiously unknown by the general public. Super Paua aims to change that! By harnessing an interdisciplinary team of artists, educators and scientists, they have created an engaging piece of theatre about X-ray diffraction, Benzene, pacifism, crystals,…

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SCHOOLS: The Lonsdale Project

Friday 13th March, 2020 - 12:00
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One event on Thursday 12th March, 2020 at 12:00

One event on Friday 13th March, 2020 at 12:00

One event on Friday 13th March, 2020 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€5 students, accompanying teachers free

The Lonsdale Project is a new theatre show about the life and work of Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971) - chemist, crystallographer, anti-war campaigner, writer, mother, and former inmate of Holloway Prison. Despite being a pioneering Irish scientist and activist, Kathleen Lonsdale’s name and legacy are curiously unknown by the general public. Super Paua aims to change that! By harnessing an interdisciplinary team of artists, educators and scientists, they have created an engaging piece of theatre about X-ray diffraction, Benzene, pacifism, crystals,…

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CANCELLED: FAMILY THEATRE: THE LONSDALE PROJECT

Saturday 14th March, 2020 - 16:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€8/€28 FAMILY

Due to the Government directive to close all public buildings until 29th March, unfortunately this event is not going ahead as scheduled. All ticket holders have been contacted.    The Lonsdale Project is a new theatre show about the life and work of Kathleen Lonsdale - chemist, crystallographer, anti-war campaigner, writer, mother, and former inmate of Holloway Prison. Despite being a pioneering scientist born in Newbridge in 1903, Kathleen Lonsdale’s name and legacy are curiously unknown by the Irish public.…

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April 2020

CINEMA @HOME: When All Is Ruin Once Again

Monday 27th April, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€8 (with discount code - Alex)

We are missing our Monday night cinema programme - and we know many of you are very regular attenders of all the screenings, so we would like to offer an alternative Monday night cinema at home option for access to some of the best new, independent Irish and international cinema. First off, we can all watch the award-winning Irish film When All Is Ruin Once Again online together on Monday 27th April, at 8pm, followed by a recorded Q&A with Director…

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May 2020

MUSIC NETWORK PRESENTS: 10 String Symphony digital concert

Thursday 7th May, 2020 - 19:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

10 String Symphony were due to tour Ireland in May 2020 and play at Riverbank Arts Centre on 17th May, as part of a Music Network tour. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, the artists have postponed the tour until May 2021. However, we are delighted that Christian Sedelmyer and Rachel Baiman of 10 String Symphony have recorded an online concert especially for Music Network's audiences. To watch the premiere of this concert, visit Music Network You Tube channel at…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Zoom Zoo Workshop with Paul Timoney

Saturday 9th May, 2020 - 10:30
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One event on Saturday 9th May, 2020 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€5 (Deposit, refundable after the workshop)

Online Arts and Storytelling workshop with Paul Timoney What do alien animals look like? Are they huge like dinosaurs… or tiny like bugs? Or are they terrifying like huge bugs… or cute, like tiny dinosaurs? Can they talk? Or turn invisible? Or even fly? Wait… we have things that fly here on Earth - that’s no big deal.  Anyway… during our Saturday workshop everyone will get to create their own alien animal, as well as a background to show where…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Zoom Zoo Workshop with Paul Timoney

Saturday 9th May, 2020 - 12:00
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One event on Saturday 9th May, 2020 at 12:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€5 (Deposit, refundable after the workshop)

Online Arts and Storytelling workshop with Paul Timoney What do alien animals look like? Are they huge like dinosaurs… or tiny like bugs? Or are they terrifying like huge bugs… or cute, like tiny dinosaurs? Can they talk? Or turn invisible? Or even fly? Wait… we have things that fly here on Earth - that’s no big deal.  Anyway… during our Saturday workshop everyone will get to create their own alien animal, as well as a background to show where…

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Cinema @HOME: System Crasher

Monday 11th May, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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£10 (€11.40 approx)

On her wild quest for love, 9-year-old Benni’s untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair. She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild 9-year-old girl has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher”. Profoundly affected by childhood trauma, Benni is by turns bright, funny and charming, but can flip at any moment into terrifying violent outbursts. Mrs. Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a…

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Cinema @HOME: STYX

Monday 18th May, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
£4.49 (€5.10 approx.)

ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented world and must make a momentous decision. Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, STYX is an astute modern-day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalized suffering. Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is riveting as a…

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Early Education: Teaching Tunes for Tiny

Tuesday 19th May, 2020 - 11:00
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday 9th June, 2020

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

In this series of four early years music-making sessions with Ceol Connected’s Dr. Thomas Johnston,  childcare educators will explore a range of ways of bringing music-making into young children’s everyday experiences.  Thomas will explore connections between music-making and the Aistear framework, and share his own approach to facilitating music-making workshops which includes: developing aural awareness through listening play developing vocal awareness through song play developing kinaesthetic awareness through movement play exploring and experiencing instruments multi-sensory musical experiences Participants will learn new songs…

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EARLY YEARS: Tunes for Tiny with Thomas Johnston

Tuesday 19th May, 2020 - 14:00
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An event every week that begins at 14:00 on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday 9th June, 2020

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 (or €32 for 4 sessions)

Tunes for Tiny online sessions are a gentle opportunity to join with other families and experience first-hand the  soothing, joyful, fun, creative power of music-making with children.   Come and join us to learn new songs and musical activities, and experience the joy and fun of making music in lots of different ways. In this series of music-making sessions, parents/guardians will increase their confidence in facilitating fun music-making experiences with children at home.  These online workshops are hosted by musician, composer and…

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Cinema @HOME: Toni Morrison – The Pieces I Am

Monday 25th May, 2020 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

The film offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own…

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Early Education: Teaching Tunes for Tiny

Tuesday 26th May, 2020 - 11:00
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday 9th June, 2020

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

In this series of four early years music-making sessions with Ceol Connected’s Dr. Thomas Johnston,  childcare educators will explore a range of ways of bringing music-making into young children’s everyday experiences.  Thomas will explore connections between music-making and the Aistear framework, and share his own approach to facilitating music-making workshops which includes: developing aural awareness through listening play developing vocal awareness through song play developing kinaesthetic awareness through movement play exploring and experiencing instruments multi-sensory musical experiences Participants will learn new songs…

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EARLY YEARS: Tunes for Tiny with Thomas Johnston

Tuesday 26th May, 2020 - 14:00
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An event every week that begins at 14:00 on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday 9th June, 2020

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 (or €32 for 4 sessions)

Tunes for Tiny online sessions are a gentle opportunity to join with other families and experience first-hand the  soothing, joyful, fun, creative power of music-making with children.   Come and join us to learn new songs and musical activities, and experience the joy and fun of making music in lots of different ways. In this series of music-making sessions, parents/guardians will increase their confidence in facilitating fun music-making experiences with children at home.  These online workshops are hosted by musician, composer and…

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June 2020

Early Education: Teaching Tunes for Tiny

Tuesday 2nd June, 2020 - 11:00
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday 9th June, 2020

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

In this series of four early years music-making sessions with Ceol Connected’s Dr. Thomas Johnston,  childcare educators will explore a range of ways of bringing music-making into young children’s everyday experiences.  Thomas will explore connections between music-making and the Aistear framework, and share his own approach to facilitating music-making workshops which includes: developing aural awareness through listening play developing vocal awareness through song play developing kinaesthetic awareness through movement play exploring and experiencing instruments multi-sensory musical experiences Participants will learn new songs…

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EARLY YEARS: Tunes for Tiny with Thomas Johnston

Tuesday 2nd June, 2020 - 14:00
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 14:00 on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday 9th June, 2020

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 (or €32 for 4 sessions)

Tunes for Tiny online sessions are a gentle opportunity to join with other families and experience first-hand the  soothing, joyful, fun, creative power of music-making with children.   Come and join us to learn new songs and musical activities, and experience the joy and fun of making music in lots of different ways. In this series of music-making sessions, parents/guardians will increase their confidence in facilitating fun music-making experiences with children at home.  These online workshops are hosted by musician, composer and…

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Early Education: Teaching Tunes for Tiny

Tuesday 9th June, 2020 - 11:00
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:00 on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday 9th June, 2020

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

In this series of four early years music-making sessions with Ceol Connected’s Dr. Thomas Johnston,  childcare educators will explore a range of ways of bringing music-making into young children’s everyday experiences.  Thomas will explore connections between music-making and the Aistear framework, and share his own approach to facilitating music-making workshops which includes: developing aural awareness through listening play developing vocal awareness through song play developing kinaesthetic awareness through movement play exploring and experiencing instruments multi-sensory musical experiences Participants will learn new songs…

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EARLY YEARS: Tunes for Tiny with Thomas Johnston

Tuesday 9th June, 2020 - 14:00
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 14:00 on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday 9th June, 2020

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 (or €32 for 4 sessions)

Tunes for Tiny online sessions are a gentle opportunity to join with other families and experience first-hand the  soothing, joyful, fun, creative power of music-making with children.   Come and join us to learn new songs and musical activities, and experience the joy and fun of making music in lots of different ways. In this series of music-making sessions, parents/guardians will increase their confidence in facilitating fun music-making experiences with children at home.  These online workshops are hosted by musician, composer and…

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CBI Virtual Book Clinic

Saturday 13th June, 2020 - 10:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Riverbank Arts Centre is working with Children's Books Ireland on this special FREE online book clinic on Saturday, 13th June, offered as part of Cruinniú na nÓg and supported by Kildare County Council and Creative Ireland. Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop  into the virtual Book Clinic! Visit the Book Doctor and consult on…

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THEATRE: Keith Walsh is… Pure Mental

Saturday 27th June, 2020 - 21:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE

UPDATE live link is HERE, join us at 9pm: https://www.facebook.com/riverbankartscentre/live/ Riverbank Arts Centre is presenting  a work-in-progress of Keith Walsh’s debut play,  Pure Mental, live-streamed from the Riverbank stage on Saturday, 27th June.  Having finished up a 5-year stint presenting, in the pressure cooker that is a breakfast show, on National Radio, Keith Walsh finally found a bit of time for himself. He decided to take a step back, to try and figure out what the hell was going on in…

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July 2020

CBI Virtual Book Clinic

Friday 3rd July, 2020 - 10:30
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One event on Friday 24th July, 2020 at 10:30

One event on Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 at 10:30

One event on Friday 14th August, 2020 at 10:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE, booking essential

++Update 11th August - the book clinics are now fully booked. Sorry to disappoint! ++ Riverbank Arts Centre is working with Children's Books Ireland on this series of FREE online book clinics. 3rd July - Go Places with a Book! 24th July - Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes 14th August- New Adventures, New beginnings Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a…

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Online Workshop: The Art of Paper Folding with Vanya Lambrecht Ward

Thursday 16th July, 2020 - 20:15
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One event on Thursday 23rd July, 2020 at 20:15

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€25 (for two sessions)

Artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward presents a workshop on The Art of Paper Folding, generally known as origami. This amazing art not only allows us to form a bridge between our 2D and our 3D understanding of the world but also has found all sorts of applications in our lives, from space travel to medicine. One fold and we move from the flat surface to the world of objects and find ourselves with new options and ideas. Folding can be free…

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Online Workshop: The Art of Paper Folding with Vanya Lambrecht Ward

Thursday 23rd July, 2020 - 20:15
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One event on Thursday 23rd July, 2020 at 20:15

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€25 (for two sessions)

Artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward presents a workshop on The Art of Paper Folding, generally known as origami. This amazing art not only allows us to form a bridge between our 2D and our 3D understanding of the world but also has found all sorts of applications in our lives, from space travel to medicine. One fold and we move from the flat surface to the world of objects and find ourselves with new options and ideas. Folding can be free…

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CBI Virtual Book Clinic

Friday 24th July, 2020 - 10:30
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One event on Friday 24th July, 2020 at 10:30

One event on Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 at 10:30

One event on Friday 14th August, 2020 at 10:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE, booking essential

Riverbank Arts Centre is working with Children's Books Ireland on this series of FREE online book clinics. 3rd July - Go Places with a Book! 24th July - Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes 14th August- New Adventures, New beginnings Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop  into the virtual Book Clinic! Visit the…

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August 2020

CBI Virtual Book Clinic

Tuesday 11th August, 2020 - 10:30
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One event on Friday 24th July, 2020 at 10:30

One event on Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 at 10:30

One event on Friday 14th August, 2020 at 10:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE, booking essential

++Update 11th August - the book clinic is now fully booked. Sorry! ++ Riverbank Arts Centre is working with Children's Books Ireland on this series of FREE online book clinics. 3rd July - Go Places with a Book! 24th July - Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes 14th August- New Adventures, New beginnings Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for…

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CBI Virtual Book Clinic

Friday 14th August, 2020 - 10:30
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One event on Friday 24th July, 2020 at 10:30

One event on Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 at 10:30

One event on Friday 14th August, 2020 at 10:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE, booking essential

++Update 11th August - the book clinics are now fully booked. Sorry to disappoint! ++ Riverbank Arts Centre is working with Children's Books Ireland on this series of FREE online book clinics. 3rd July - Go Places with a Book! 24th July - Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes 14th August- New Adventures, New beginnings Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a…

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SING ME TO THE SEA (at home version)

Monday 24th August, 2020 - 12:00 - Friday 28th August, 2020 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20

**Update 21st August: Due to the extension of local lockdown announced at 6pm today, Riverbank and Anna Newell Theatre Adventures  are unable to present the planned performances of Sing Me To The Sea in County Kildare. We are presenting some performances in neighbouring counties (Dublin, Louth, Meath, Carlow) the week of 24th - 28th August. To start the booking process, please fill in this short form and we will follow up with a phone call. **** Sing Me to the Sea (at…

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September 2020

VISUAL ART: Kildare Art Collective – ART FEEDS..

Friday 18th September, 2020 - 12:00 - Tuesday 1st December, 2020 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Kildare Art Collective & Friends present a collaborative project developed as a platform to process and document our lives throughout these strange times, while creating an opportunity for communication, conversation and crossover between disciplines. Participating artists worked collaboratively exchanging ideas and working together using alternative methods of communication such as email, letter, carrier pigeon, phone calls, telepathy, video calls and text. The diverse work created during this project is an eclectic mix with interesting themes and details arising as we…

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LIVE BROADCAST: Luka Bloom in conversation with Keith Walsh

Friday 18th September, 2020 - 21:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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On Friday 18th September, we are delighted to welcome singer-songwriter Luka Bloom to Riverbank Arts Centre to perform tracks from his new album,  Bittersweet Crimson, interspersed with a conversation with Keith Walsh about making and recording music in 2020.  This fusion of songs and stories will be broadcast live from Riverbank Arts Centre at 9pm.  Luka Bloom is one of Ireland’s most respected contemporary folk artists. Having produced over 20 albums since the 1970s, he continues to push the boundaries of…

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October 2020

Kildare Readers Festival 2020 – all online

Monday 12th October, 2020 - 21:00 - Sunday 18th October, 2020 - 21:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Kildare Readers Festival 2020 – all online! Kildare Readers Festival is brought to you every year in October by Kildare County Library and Arts Service, culminating in busy closing weekend of events and activities at Riverbank Arts Centre.  The festival aims to connect readers with authors and artists, working to bring the very best from the world of literature to audiences through the provision of exciting, innovative and accessible events. This year the Festival is jam-packed with great events and…

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November 2020

ONLINE FAMILY SHOW: The University of Wonder & Imagination

Friday 13th November, 2020 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per family/device

The University of Wonder & Imagination is now enrolling students of all ages and magical abilities...and there’s a place with your name on it! The University of Wonder & Imagination brings the magic of theatre to young audiences at home with this groundbreaking immersive digital show. This fun, interactive hour-long experience takes place live in your own home and is suitable for all the family to enjoy via the magic of digital technology. Guests will assemble with their fellow ‘University…

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SCHOOLS: Fighting Words ONLINE Creative Writing Workshops

Thursday 26th November, 2020 - 10:30
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One event on Friday 4th December, 2020 at 10:30

One event on Friday 11th December, 2020 at 10:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge is the Kildare Partner of Fighting Words. We present creative writing workshops for primary and secondary schools. Fighting Words workshops are always free of charge to the participants.  Upcoming Fighting Words workshops for SECONDARY SCHOOLS hosted by Riverbank Arts Centre: Thursday, 26th November  10:30am-12:30pm Friday, 4th December  10:30am-12:30pm Friday, 11th December 10:30am-12:30pm  These workshops will be conducted via ZOOM or Microsoft Teams by an experienced Fighting Words tutor, Pierina Campbell,  and supported by 2-3 volunteers from…

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December 2020

ONLINE FAMILY SHOW: The Gift of Winter

Tuesday 1st December, 2020 - 10:00 - Wednesday 23rd December, 2020 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
Family ticket €10 

A show that you can do at home, not just watch! Get inspired by Lyngo’s 30 minute film with stop-motion animation telling the story of how Winter got its colours. Then follow the instructions in our easy-to-read pdfs to make your own miniature set and props! Use them to re-create our story, along with our original songs and music, or make up a new one of your own. At the end you will have made, played and stayed together which,…

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FAMILY: TREEHOUSE by Ceol Connected – Pilot project!

Thursday 3rd December, 2020 - 15:00 - Saturday 5th December, 2020 - 21:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Ceol Connected have created a series of immersive 360° videos of their interactive TREEHOUSE production which weaves together traditional and newly composed music/song alongside visually stunning puppetry. TREEHOUSE 360° features a high calibre line-up of musicians including Áine McGeeney (fiddle/vocals), Seán O’Meara (guitar/vocals), Colm Phelan (percussion), Thomas Johnston (whistles/vocals), Stephen Markham (keys/sound design) alongside puppeteer Thomas Baker. Directed by Emma Fisher. Musical Direction by Thomas Johnston. TRY TREEHOUSE 360° FOR FREE Riverbank Arts Centre is inviting families to participate in…

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SCHOOLS: Fighting Words ONLINE Creative Writing Workshops

Friday 4th December, 2020 - 10:30
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One event on Friday 4th December, 2020 at 10:30

One event on Friday 11th December, 2020 at 10:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge is the Kildare Partner of Fighting Words. We present creative writing workshops for primary and secondary schools. Fighting Words workshops are always free of charge to the participants.  Upcoming Fighting Words workshops for SECONDARY SCHOOLS hosted by Riverbank Arts Centre: Thursday, 26th November  10:30am-12:30pm Friday, 4th December  10:30am-12:30pm Friday, 11th December 10:30am-12:30pm  These workshops will be conducted via ZOOM or Microsoft Teams by an experienced Fighting Words tutor, Pierina Campbell,  and supported by 2-3 volunteers from…

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SCHOOLS: Graham Tugwell – Greetings, Heroes! Christmas Edition

Thursday 10th December, 2020 - 10:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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€30 per class booking

Greetings, Heroes! Online: The Impossible Library is an interactive storytelling experience where the students take the role of characters in the story, led by expert storyteller Graham Tugwell. Like a choose-your-own-adventure-book, or world-famous role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, Graham will guide the adventurers through a series of exciting and deadly challenges – will each door they choose lead to success or further peril? How will they approach the many puzzles within? Will they find the wondrous treasure at the heart of the…

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SCHOOLS: Fighting Words ONLINE Creative Writing Workshops

Friday 11th December, 2020 - 10:30
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One event on Friday 4th December, 2020 at 10:30

One event on Friday 11th December, 2020 at 10:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge is the Kildare Partner of Fighting Words. We present creative writing workshops for primary and secondary schools. Fighting Words workshops are always free of charge to the participants.  Upcoming Fighting Words workshops for SECONDARY SCHOOLS hosted by Riverbank Arts Centre: Thursday, 26th November  10:30am-12:30pm Friday, 4th December  10:30am-12:30pm Friday, 11th December 10:30am-12:30pm  These workshops will be conducted via ZOOM or Microsoft Teams by an experienced Fighting Words tutor, Pierina Campbell,  and supported by 2-3 volunteers from…

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SCHOOLS: Rockin’ Christmas Rhymes Online

Monday 14th December, 2020 - 09:30 - Friday 18th December, 2020 - 15:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Are you ready to get Christmas started? It’s time to jingle bells and rock around the Christmas tree.  An online musical treat for the whole class with a merry mix of festive favourites and rocking rhymes performed a fantastic 5 piece band. This festive feel-good live music show-ho-ho will have everyone jiving all the way! Sing along to Christmas favourites including Jingle Bells, Jack Medley , Santa Claus Medley, Twinkle Twinkle with Silent Night and We Wish You a Merry…

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LIVE BROADCAST: Niamh Kavanagh & Paul Megahey – ‘Date Night’ for the sofa!

Friday 18th December, 2020 - 21:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE

Join Niamh Kavanagh live online for a very special acoustic set list, accompanied by Paul Megahey on guitar, interspersed with chats and craic with broadcaster Keith Walsh. Join Niamh Kavanagh for a retrospective of special songs highlighting memorable moments from her decades-long career. Expect  a few familiar favourites interpreted in Niamh’s inimitable fashion and accompanied by guitarist Paul Megahey. An intimate evening of gorgeous sounds awaits, and expect some great conversation with Keith!  Join us live online on facebook at 9pm…

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ONLINE FAMILY SHOW: Rockin’ Christmas Rhymes

Sunday 20th December, 2020 - 15:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per family/device

Push back the couch, it’s time to jingle bells and rock around the Christmas tree. Branar in association with the Town Hall Theatre present Rockin’ Christmas Rhymes recorded live at the Black Box in Galway. A musical treat for all the family with a merry mix of festive favourites and rocking rhymes performed by our fantastic 5 piece band. This festive feel-good live music show ho ho will have all the family jiving all the way! “a lively show that…

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January 2021

Riverbank Arts Centre – Covid update January 2021

Friday 1st January, 2021 - 08:00 - Thursday 3rd June, 2021 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Due to the current level 5 restrictions our building remains closed, but we are are working away behind the scenes and will announce more online events in the coming weeks. Thank you for your ongoing support for the arts and we look forward to welcoming you back to the venue when it is safe to do so. Meanwhile we hope you enjoy some of our online events. We  will be presenting online theatre,  cinema, workshops, and family events throughout this…

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ONLINE FAMILY SHOW: The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen

Monday 4th January, 2021 - 09:30 - Sunday 10th January, 2021 - 22:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€12 (per device)

From the greatest storyteller in the world, comes Thumbelina, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and many more, in this one-hour fantastical journey made for all the family to enjoy together. These stories have stood the test of time for generations. Now is the time to surround ourselves with great stories with music, songs, dancing and maybe even a love story. Produced by Verdant Productions Starring Brian Gilligan (The Commitments, The Lion King, Once The Musical) / Rachel O’Connell (The Young Offenders,…

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FAMILY: Virtual Book Clinics with Children’s Books Ireland

Saturday 16th January, 2021 - 11:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE, booking essential

++This event is now fully booked. Please keep an eye on our website and Children's Books Ireland for details of future Book Clinics++ Riverbank Arts Centre is partnering with Children's Books Ireland on FREE online book clinics as part of First Fortnight festival on Saturday 16th January, 11am-3pm. Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop…

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ONLINE THEATRE: Mustard by Eva O’Connor

Thursday 21st January, 2021 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per device

Fishamble: The New Play Company, in association with Sunday's Child Theatre Presents When E meets the man of her dreams, a professional cyclist, love hits her in the pubic bone like a train. But when it ends she plummets into a black hole of heartbreak at the speed of a doped up team on the Tour de France. A one-woman show about heartbreak, madness and how condiments are the ultimate coping mechanism, by award-winning playwright & performer Eva O’Connor. WINNER…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Wire Sculpture for Beginners with Glenn Gibson

Friday 22nd January, 2021 - 18:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20 (includes materials & postage)

Like to try something new this January? It has been well documented that participating in arts and creative activity benefits our mental wellbeing. This two hour ZOOM workshop with artist Glenn Gibson will encourage you to explore techniques and materials to create sculptures from wire.  With a career spanning over two decades, Glenn Gibson is a professional artist who creates and teaches wire sculpture in Galway. In this introductory workshop,  Glenn will demonstrate how to make a tree and bring…

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ONLINE FAMILY WORKSHOP: Create a Mood Book with Marta Golubowska

Saturday 23rd January, 2021 - 10:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€5

Does happiness have a colour? Does anger have a shape? In this workshop hosted by artist Marta Golubowska, children will create 'mood books' for sketches and collages to express their emotions. Using music, colours and shapes as prompts,  participating children will create a series of collages, based on a 'flying scissors' technique inspired by Matisse.  Children will be invited to focus on their emotions - and reflect these feelings in their artwork The sketchbook can kept and used to express…

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ONLINE QUIZ: Good news quiz with JUNEFEST

Thursday 28th January, 2021 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

We are teaming up with June Fest as part of the First Fortnight festival to bring you a 'good news' version of their online quiz. It will be full of fun questions, comedy and positivity to help banish the January blues! There will also be lots of prizes up for grabs for the winners. You can join the online quiz through your phone, tablet, laptop or PC.  You can take part solo or field a team from your sofa -…

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February 2021

FAMILY: Online Book Clinics with Children’s Books Ireland

Saturday 6th February, 2021 - 11:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE

 ++This event is now fully booked. Please keep an eye on Riverbank Arts Centre's website as we often partner with Children's Books Ireland and hope to present more Book Clinics in the future++ Riverbank Arts Centre is partnering with Children's Books Ireland on FREE online book clinics on Saturday 6th February, 11am-3pm. Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting…

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ONLINE THEATRE: TOM CREAN: Antarctic Explorer

Thursday 18th February, 2021 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per device

Play on Words Theatre presents: Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions: Discovery, (1901 – 1904); Terra Nova (1910 – 1913); and Endurance (1914 - 1916). Crean’s story is a testament of human…

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FAMILY MUSIC: A Piece of You with Greg Sinclair

Saturday 20th February, 2021 - 11:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per family

A Piece of You is an online live interactive performance; your own private concert over Zoom. Performer Greg Sinclair will turn your thoughts and feelings into your very own music score using colourful and expressive graphic notation. Greg will then play your music on his cello from his home in Edinburgh, in this unique piece all about you. Duration 30 minutes  (A parent/guardian must accompany the child/children on the Zoom call for the duration of the event) Ages 7  years+

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ONLINE THEATRE: Sister Black by Maggie Hannon

Thursday 25th February, 2021 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per device

A new one-woman show about the remarkable life of Nurse Catherine Black (1878-1949). Born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal, Catherine Black trained as a nurse in England and worked in the slums of Whitechapel, at the Somme in World War 1, and as King George V’s private nurse in the last 7 years of his life. Her memoir ‘King’s nurse Beggar's nurse’ was published in 1939 and there’s a copy in the library at Buckingham Palace. This one-woman play  is inspired…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Eco Mindfulness with Future Makers’ Collective

Saturday 27th February, 2021 - 11:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€5

Riverbank Arts Centre has joined forces with the Future Makers' Collective to bring you 'Eco Mindfulness'. In this one-hour virtual workshop, we will be exploring practical ways to look after our planet and our mental health through games, exercises and challenges that you can do from the comfort of your own home. This workshop will be conducted over Zoom and is suitable for children between the ages of ten and twelve, with an eagerness to learn about environmental wellbeing. This…

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March 2021

SCHOOLS: Animal Crackers with Sarah Webb & Alan Nolan

Monday 1st March, 2021 - 09:00 - Friday 26th March, 2021 - 15:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

We are delighted to offer online arts events/activities for schools in the coming weeks that can be used in a classroom setting or shared through school communication software such as Aladdin, Seesaw or Google Teams. Celebrate World Book Day with Go Animal Crackers - an online event with writer Sarah Webb and illustrator Alan Nolan. Do your students love animals? Do you love fun facts, quizzes and drawing. Then our Go Animal Crackers video event and linked activity sheet is…

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SCHOOLS: Storytime/Am Scéalaíocta with Patricia Forde

Monday 1st March, 2021 - 09:00 - Friday 26th March, 2021 - 15:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

We are delighted to offer online arts events/activities for schools in the coming weeks that can be used in a classroom setting or shared through school communication software such as Aladdin, Seesaw or Google Teams. Join writer Patricia Forde for Seachtain na Gaeilge as she reads from her book, Mise Agus An Dragún in Irish and also two of her popular English-language picture books Imagine and Fidget: The Wonder Dog.  Gentle storytelling sessions in Irish and English for younger classes…

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SCHOOLS: The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen

Monday 1st March, 2021 - 10:00 - Friday 30th April, 2021 - 15:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

As a result of Covid-19 we know your students may not have had the chance to visit our theatre in the past year. Riverbank Arts Centre and Watergate Theatre has joined with Verdant Productions to offer an online version of The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen - a musical adaptation of the life and stories of the world’s greatest storyteller. Your students will enjoy classic tales such as ‘Thumbelina’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and…

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ONLINE THEATRE: Dalloway

Thursday 11th March, 2021 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per device

From Dyad Productions, the award-winning creators of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Austen’s Women, The Time Machine and Christmas Gothic… 1923: The War is over.  While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell-shock, their memories and dreams magically intertwining with those of 15 other disparate souls, this hot blue day in June.  Conjuring the hopes and regrets of post-war London, Dyad’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated map of hearts, minds and memories offers a compellingly…

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FAMILY: St. Patrick’s Shenanigans with Paul Timoney & Kyle Riley

Saturday 13th March, 2021 - 11:00
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One event on Sunday 14th March, 2021 at 11:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per family

This online shenanigans show by Paul Timoney and Kyle Riley brings the fun and engagement of a live performance into the comfort of your living room with the power of ZOOM. Especially for St's Patrick’s weekend, this show features a variety of Irish songs, songs to inspire bravery and songs to get you moving around the house. There are two brand stories to be told. ‘Snakes on the Plain’ treats us to the tale of what really happened between the…

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FAMILY: St. Patrick’s Shenanigans with Paul Timoney & Kyle Riley

Sunday 14th March, 2021 - 11:00
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One event on Sunday 14th March, 2021 at 11:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per family

This online shenanigans show by Paul Timoney and Kyle Riley brings the fun and engagement of a live performance into the comfort of your living room with the power of ZOOM. Especially for St's Patrick’s weekend, this show features a variety of Irish songs, songs to inspire bravery and songs to get you moving around the house. There are two brand stories to be told. ‘Snakes on the Plain’ treats us to the tale of what really happened between the…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: An introduction to Hand Weaving with Naoimh Larkin

Friday 26th March, 2021 - 19:00
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One event on Friday 2nd April, 2021 at 19:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€40 for both sessions

This two-evening workshop is designed to be a playful, colourful, carefree learning experience, where you will learn the basics of hand weaving. You will learn how to set up a hand loom, how to read and create weaving patterns, gain a better understanding of yarns, their properties, textures and learn how to mix and blend colour while weaving your own unique textile sample piece. Alongside your tutorial, you will learn some handy tips and tricks when it comes to starting…

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April 2021

ONLINE WORKSHOP: An introduction to Hand Weaving with Naoimh Larkin

Friday 2nd April, 2021 - 19:00
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One event on Friday 2nd April, 2021 at 19:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€40 for both sessions

This two-evening workshop is designed to be a playful, colourful, carefree learning experience, where you will learn the basics of hand weaving. You will learn how to set up a hand loom, how to read and create weaving patterns, gain a better understanding of yarns, their properties, textures and learn how to mix and blend colour while weaving your own unique textile sample piece. Alongside your tutorial, you will learn some handy tips and tricks when it comes to starting…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Eco Mindfulness with Future Makers

Saturday 10th April, 2021 - 11:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€5

Riverbank Arts Centre has joined forces with the Future Makers’ Collective to bring you ‘Eco Mindfulness’. In this one-hour virtual workshop, we will be exploring practical ways to look after our planet and our mental health through games, exercises and challenges that you can do from the comfort of your own home. This workshop will be conducted over Zoom and is suitable for children between the ages of ten and twelve, with an eagerness to learn about environmental wellbeing. https://youtu.be/IVMeA5gOCXc…

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FAMILY: Shenanigans in the Wild with Paul Timoney and Kyle Riley

Sunday 18th April, 2021 - 11:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per family

The shenanigan series of shows brings the fun and engagement of a live performance into the comfort of your living room with the power of ZOOM. We’re headed outside for some fresh air, the sound of birdsong, and the sun warming your face. That’s right, it’s ‘Shenanigans In The Wild’. Nature springs to life in a series of poems exploring various aspects of the world around us. There’s going to be rockin’ and boppin’ with tunes to get you hoppin’.…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Ceramic Art Inspired by Nature

Friday 23rd April, 2021 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20 (includes materials & postage)

Hold on to the beauty of your spring walks! Join artist Marta Golubowska for a workshop to create a ceramic picture frame and a tile, imprinted with the flowers and plants you have gathered.  Suitable for beginners, this ceramic workshop will explore two techniques,  air drying clay and plaster (materials supplied),  to make unique art works inspired by the nature around you. Workshop details: This workshop is for adults and is two hours in duration, 7pm-9pm (via ZOOM).  Please note, although…

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May 2021

SCHOOLS: The Monsters of Rookhaven with Pádraig Kenny

Tuesday 4th May, 2021 - 09:00 - Friday 25th June, 2021 - 15:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

In this special recording for our Whiteboard Programme,  Pádraig Kenny introduces his new novel  The Monsters of Rookhaven and talks about monsters and why they frighten us so much. Pádraig will ask what monsters are, and what frightens you, and why we like scary stories. He reads a short extract and talks about what inspires him as a fantasy writer - and some tips for your own writing.  Pádraig Kenny is an Irish writer from Newbridge, County Kildare. His critically…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Ceramic Art Inspired by Nature

Friday 7th May, 2021 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20 (includes materials & postage)

Hold on to the beauty of your spring walks! Join artist Marta Golubowska for a workshop to create a ceramic picture frame and a tile, imprinted with the flowers and plants you have gathered.  Suitable for beginners, this ceramic workshop will explore two techniques,  air drying clay and plaster (materials supplied),  to make unique art works inspired by the nature around you. Workshop details: This workshop is for adults and is two hours in duration, 7pm-9pm (via ZOOM).  Please note, although…

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SCHOOLS: Earth Acts – Climate Change Workshops

Monday 10th May, 2021 - 09:00 - Friday 25th June, 2021 - 15:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

We have teamed up with the Future Makers' Collective to bring you Earth Acts - video workshops all about climate change and what we can do to be kinder to our planet.  EARTH ACTS are activity-driven workshops in four parts: ➤ Eco-mindfulness Saoirse will explore how to deal with the climate-related worries and stresses that young people experience in a positive and proactive way. ➤ Develop positive eco-habits We'll look at the typical daily routine of 10-12-year-olds and discuss some…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Let’s Talk about Art

Thursday 13th May, 2021 - 19:30
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One event on Thursday 20th May, 2021 at 19:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€5

Join Vera McEvoy online to view and discuss a selection of artworks from the Kildare Municipal Art Collection. The sessions will provide a welcome and inclusive space to view and discuss art. The two sessions (on 13th May & 20th May) will explore different artworks and discussions will include colour, brush strokes, line, shape and what thoughts or words the works evoke. It is not about art knowledge, however, individuals will improve their creative knowledge, experience and further expand their…

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Music Network presents: Cello Quartet with William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson & Ailbhe McDonagh

Sunday 16th May, 2021 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 (individual)/€20 (household)

Four masterful cellists perform together in an exciting new Music Network collaboration. With its sonorous tone, swan-like elegance and an expressive range that gives the human voice a run for its money, no other instrument manages to play on our heart strings quite like the cello. Performing together for the very first time and guided by their collective musical influences, William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson and Ailbhe McDonagh have crafted an inspirational and varied programme which celebrates the beauty…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Let’s Talk about Art

Thursday 20th May, 2021 - 19:30
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One event on Thursday 20th May, 2021 at 19:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€5

Join Vera McEvoy online to view and discuss a selection of artworks from the Kildare Municipal Art Collection. The sessions will provide a welcome and inclusive space to view and discuss art. The two sessions (on 13th May & 20th May) will explore different artworks and discussions will include colour, brush strokes, line, shape and what thoughts or words the works evoke. It is not about art knowledge, however, individuals will improve their creative knowledge, experience and further expand their…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: An introduction to Hand Weaving with Naoimh Larkin

Friday 21st May, 2021 - 19:00
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One event on Friday 28th May, 2021 at 19:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€40 for both sessions

This two-evening workshop is designed to be a playful, colourful, carefree learning experience, where you will learn the basics of hand weaving. You will learn how to set up a hand loom, how to read and create weaving patterns, gain a better understanding of yarns, their properties, textures and learn how to mix and blend colour while weaving your own unique textile sample piece. Alongside your tutorial, you will learn some handy tips and tricks when it comes to starting…

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FAMILY: Shenanigans in Space with Paul Timoney and Kyle Riley

Sunday 23rd May, 2021 - 11:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 per family

The shenanigan series of shows brings the fun and engagement of a live performance into the comfort of your living room with the power of ZOOM.  Shenanigan duo Paul Timoney & Kyle Riley are shooting for the stars with ‘Shenanigans in Space’ - expect space-themed songs, stories and more! What happens when a farmer expands his crops across the Solar System? Find out in ‘Cosmic Cabbage’. In ‘Rocket Vacation’, our lovely little blue dot is a favourite holiday  spot for Aliens…

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CONNECTIONS 2021: Youth Theatre Festival

Thursday 27th May, 2021 - 17:00 - Saturday 29th May, 2021 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
FREE (booking required)

Each year the UK’s National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. Every year, 300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people produce a Connections play.  This year Riverbank Arts Centre is partnering with NT Connections to bring you plays by three Irish youth theatre companies Dramahouse, Kildare Youth Theatre and Ardclough Youth Theatre.  Due to Covid restrictions, these plays will be streamed…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: An introduction to Hand Weaving with Naoimh Larkin

Friday 28th May, 2021 - 19:00
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Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€40 for both sessions

This two-evening workshop is designed to be a playful, colourful, carefree learning experience, where you will learn the basics of hand weaving. You will learn how to set up a hand loom, how to read and create weaving patterns, gain a better understanding of yarns, their properties, textures and learn how to mix and blend colour while weaving your own unique textile sample piece. Alongside your tutorial, you will learn some handy tips and tricks when it comes to starting…

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SCHOOLS: Cello, nice to meet you! with Greg Sinclair

Monday 31st May, 2021 - 11:00 - Friday 18th June, 2021 - 11:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

A 40-minute online workshop for a class of schoolchildren aged 7+ by cellist and composer Greg Sinclair. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the class to the sounds and musical range of the cello. In the session the class will also creatively explore graphic notation – a bold, colourful form of composition. What to expect during the session: An Introduction by Greg to the cello –  a short recital / showcase of various techniques and sounds. A child-friendly…

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June 2021

WORKSHOP: Crochet for Beginners – Make a Rainbow!

Tuesday 1st June, 2021 - 19:30
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One event on Wednesday 2nd June, 2021 at 19:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20 (includes materials & postage)

During this workshop participants will learn basic crochet stitches, how to read a simple pattern and how to crochet their own rainbow. Each participant will be provided with the materials to create their rainbow along with additional yarn to practice some simple stitches. Workshop will be led by Helen Whiteley. Helen is a self-taught fibre artist with over 10 years experience  and has worked as a sample crocheter/knitter. Workshop details: This workshop is for adults and is two hours in duration, 7:30pm-9:30pm…

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WORKSHOP: Crochet for Beginners – Make a Rainbow!

Wednesday 2nd June, 2021 - 19:30
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One event on Wednesday 2nd June, 2021 at 19:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20 (includes materials & postage)

During this workshop participants will learn basic crochet stitches, how to read a simple pattern and how to crochet their own rainbow. Each participant will be provided with the materials to create their rainbow along with additional yarn to practice some simple stitches. Workshop will be led by Helen Whiteley. Helen is a self-taught fibre artist with over 10 years experience  and has worked as a sample crocheter/knitter. Workshop details: This workshop is for adults and is two hours in duration, 7:30pm-9:30pm…

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VISUAL ART: Portal – an exhibition by Tina Claffey

Tuesday 8th June, 2021 - 10:00 - Wednesday 4th August, 2021 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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McKenna Gallery  - reopens 8th June Open Monday - Friday, 10am-2pm ADMISSION FREE Tina Claffey loves to get 'lost' in the bogs, eskers and wetlands of Ireland with her macro lens. Her latest solo show takes the viewer through a portal to other wondrous worlds that co-exist with us through her macro lens. Lichens become enchanted forests, mystical goblets appear that are fit for otherworldly kings and queens. Tentacles of carnivorous sundews poise like a cobra ready to strike, while…

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Music Network presents 10 String Symphony

Thursday 10th June, 2021 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 (individual)/€20 (household)

Christian Sedelmyer fiddle, vocals Rachel Baiman fiddle, banjo, vocals Described as “The newest and most promising voices in Americana” by NPR, 10 String Symphony is a collaboration between Grammy-nominated fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer and acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Baiman. Take ten strings, add two compelling voices and one shared sense of social justice, and what you’ve got is a dynamic and quietly authoritative duo in the best tradition of Guthrie and Seeger. Christian Sedelmyer and Rachel Baiman are artists…

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FAMILY: Observational Storytelling with Sarah Bowie

Saturday 12th June, 2021 - 12:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

In this online tutorial with cartoonist, writer, and co-founder of The Comics Lab Sarah Bowie, Sarah will show how to take ordinary, everyday life and turn it into material for compelling storytelling! Use this as an opportunity to look beyond the surface of our seemingly mundane lives, and find the potential stories within. Sarah will explore different ways of observing - observing ourselves (our moods, thoughts, activities and conversations); observing others (family members, neighbours, strangers, wildlife and pets), and observing…

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MUSIC: A Piece of You by Greg Sinclair

Saturday 12th June, 2021 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10

Imagine telling a story about yourself and then having it turned into a piece of music. A Piece of You is an intimate performance for you in your home; a private concert for you alone or with your partner/friend/family member via ZOOM. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your thoughts and feelings into your very own music score in this unique piece all about you. For audiences of up to 3 people.  Duration 30 minutes  We presented…

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Music Network presents Patrick Rafter and Fiachra Garvey

Sunday 20th June, 2021 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€10 (individual)/€20 (household)

Patrick Rafter violin Fiachra Garvey piano  Violinist Patrick Rafter and pianist Fiachra Garvey join forces to present a stunning programme of music from France, Belgium and Ireland. “I'll get my coat!” cried Patrick Rafter when Maxim Vengerov phoned to invite him to study with him in Switzerland, and since then, Patrick's diary has been stuffed with performance dates with some of the most prestigious orchestras and conductors in the world. Kilkenny born, he swapped his hurl for a bow, and…

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