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Ireland’s Military Seminar

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Ireland has a long, proud military tradition. The aim of this inaugural seminar is to look at all aspects of Irish military history, drawing chiefly on events and personnel from within our nation’s past. Great episodes in Ireland's history are intermingled with escapades in far-off places like Vietnam, the Balkans and the African continent. Topics:

SPECIAL EVENT: Reading of I Am Mrs Daisy Bates

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join us for a reading of I Am Mrs Daisy Bates, presented by Speckintime. This is a free event and all interested parties are welcome to attend. Speckintime is developing a piece of theatre based on the extraordinary life of Tipperary woman Daisy Bates. There has been extensive research on the life of Daisy Bates

FREE

TALK: Living a Wild Life with Colin Stafford-Johnson

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman and presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson for an evening of hair raising stories from 30 years filming in some of the wildest places left on earth. How can viewing a pen and ink sketch of a tropical bird at the age of six change your life? How do you become a wildlife

€12 – €15

Free Artist Talk: Susan Connolly

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Susan Connolly is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, Degree in Fine Art-Painting. She holds an MFA from the University of Ulster and a first class honours MA, from NCAD, Dublin. Connolly is currently a PhD candidate at Ulster University having been awarded the VC Scholarship in 2014.

FREE

Engaging the Senses Symposium

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Helium Arts in partnership with Kildare County Council Arts Service is hosting this symposium and practical workshop for arts, healthcare and early years professionals interested in exploring multi-sensory, creative play through the arts for very young children with complex needs. ‘Engaging the Senses’ is informed by outcomes and learning from Helium Arts’ Pop Up Picnic,

FREE

TALK: Emil Nolde – Colour is Life

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

This public talk will introduce your audiences to both the man and his art: his techniques, his motivations and the historical context of his work. Lasting approx. 60 minutes, including time for questions and informal discussion, the talk will give those who wish to visit the exhibition in Dublin a wonderful introduction to what they’ll

FREE

TALK: Irish Military Seminar

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Ireland has a long, proud military tradition. The aim of this seminar is to look at all aspects of Irish military history, drawing chiefly on events and personnel from within our nation’s past. Great episodes in Ireland's history are intermingled with escapades in far-off places like South Africa, Flanders and the U.S.A. Hosted by Kildare

€5

Walking, Immersion and The Creative Process: Artists presentation on M7 Project.

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

With artist Michael Holly and special guest Des Egan Saturday 23rd June, 4pm Riverbank Arts Centre In May of this year, artist Michael Holly walked the length of the M7 Motorway, from the Naas interchange to the Rathroe roundabout outside Limerick City, weaving along the secondary roads, the country lanes, the underpasses and overpasses of

FREE

The Gerard Manley Hopkins 31st International Festival presents: International Poetry Reading

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival, under the guidance of its artistic director and internationally renowned poet Desmond Egan, is celebrating its 31st anniversary this year. As part of this year’s festival, Riverbank Arts Centre will host an array of International poets including Roger Mc Gough (UK), Fr. Seamus Collins (Ireland), Emilia Ivancu (Romania), Pushpa Parekh

€10

Collocate – Artists’ Talk

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Orla, Eoin and Paul will talk about their arts practice and creative processes and demonstrate some of the media they use in their work. Visitors will be invited to try out some of the techniques discussed. COLLOCATE (to set or place together, especially side by side ) Exhibition by Eoin O’Malley + Paul Bokslag +

Free

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Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join best-selling writer and raconteur Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion, and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning. “Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating” The Irish Times

€18 – €20

TALK: Arts and Wellbeing in Kildare

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

As part of Riverbank Arts Centre's  First Fortnight programme of events, John Conway will host a panel talk with artists, theatre makers, and musicians who deliver, arts, health and well being projects with the support of Kildare County Council Arts Service. Join us for a presentation of projects that explore the link between arts and

FREE

Information Session: Kildare County Council Arts Service – 2019 Grants, Bursaries & Commission Opportunities

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

This information session will offer some useful guidance on Arts Grants, Bursary Award and Commission Opportunities available with Kildare County Council Arts Service 2019 for artists, arts collectives and community groups in Co Kildare. All are welcome to this FREE session, but booking directly with Kildare Arts Service through this eventbrite link is recommended.  Opportunities

FREE

ANIMAGINATION: Author Pádraig Kenny introduces Pog

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join Pádraig Kenny, author of the bestselling Tin, as he introduces his new book Pog. Learn about the inspiration behind the book, Pádraig’s journey to becoming a writer, and hear Pádraig read a snippet of his story. David and Penny arrive in a strange new home in a forest. Other creatures live here – magical

Free event

TALK: Irish Military Seminar

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

3rd Irish Military Seminar Ireland has a long, proud military tradition. The aim of this third annual seminar is to look at all aspects of Irish military history, drawing chiefly on events and personnel from within our nation’s past. Friday, 14 June 18.00 – 21.00 p.m.  Reception followed by Jadotville with Leo Quinlan. The Battle

Free event

TALK: Irish Military Seminar

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

3rd Irish Military Seminar Ireland has a long, proud military tradition. The aim of this third annual seminar is to look at all aspects of Irish military history, drawing chiefly on events and personnel from within our nation’s past. Saturday, 15 June 09.00 a.m. – 16.00 p.m. Full day of presentations from noted historians: Myles

€5

Margaret Atwood – Live in Cinemas

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait will be over….The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor. The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the

€12 – €15

CULTURE NIGHT: The Lady and the Unicorn

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The Lady and the Unicorn is a fun multimedia one-woman show. With the aid of a screen and projector and a table full of props Carol O’Neill shares her favourite artworks inspired in one way or another by Celtic mythology. Over 30 artists are celebrated including medieval unicorn tapestries with hidden mysteries, mythical hare sculptures

FREE, booking advised

TALK: My Wild Atlantic Journey with Colin Stafford-Johnson

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join wildlife filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson on a journey of discovery along the western seaboard of Ireland. Colin has been walking, exploring and filming wildlife along Ireland's wild Atlantic coast over the last 15 years. He recently presented the BBC series 'Wild Ireland - Edge of the World' - that featured some of his highlights. But

€14 – €16

KRF: Movie Night: The Wind That Shakes The Barley explored by Liz Gillis

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

This year Kildare Readers’ Festival embarks on a new venture - 'Movie Night' will explore famous books, events or themes through the medium of film. For 2019 KRF has teamed up with the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee to screen Ken Loach's The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a somewhat controversial exploration of

KRF: Something Wicked This Way Comes with Niamh Boyce, Stacey Halls and Martina Devlin

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

'Tis the season of Samhain and the Kildare Readers’ Festival will celebrate with an exciting panel discussion examining the depiction and characterisation of witches within the canon of literature. Whether it's horror fiction or historical non-fiction, Witches and Wiccan culture have provided rich material for authors and scholars throughout the years. On hand for a riveting discourse on the topic will be acclaimed novelists

FREE, booking advised

KRF: Emilie Pine and Arnold Fanning in conversation with Emily Hourican

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The Kildare Readers’ Festival welcomes a duo of celebrated Irish authors, Emilie Pine (Notes to Self) and Arnold Thomas Fanning (Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery), for a candid panel discussion on the most intimate of literature endeavours: memoirs. This event will be moderated by author and magazine editor, Emily Hourican (How

FREE, booking advised

Opowiadania Super Paua: Audio Stories Launch Event

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join Super Paua, Riverbank Arts Centre, and axis:ballymun to launch the 3rd series of Super Paua Stories, audio stories for young people ages 6-12. In Opowiadania Super Paua the spotlight is on the Polish community in Ireland, with seven brand new stories in Polish and English. You will have a chance to listen to clips

FREE (booking required)

LIVE Network presents: Douglas Stuart & Elaine Feeney

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Booker Prize Winner Douglas Stuart talks Shuggie Bain with Irish author Elaine Feeney Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he moved to New York, where he began a career in design. Shuggie Bain, his debut novel, won the 2020 Booker Prize and was a finalist for the

€15

LIVE Network: Republic of Shame

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

LIVE Network and Riverbank Arts Centre present a night of conversation and creative responses to the ongoing legacy of the mother and baby home institutions. Until recently, religious orders and the Irish state operated a network of institutions where thousands of women and children were disappeared into, separated from each other and exploited. Through breaking

€10

Kildare Readers Festival: John Bowman & Abie Philbin Bowman

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

With a shared love of history and debate John Bowman and Abie Philbin Bowman are ideal interviewer and interviewee. KRF are delighted to bring you this exclusive interview as they discuss John Bowman's book Ireland the Autobiography:  One Hundred Years in the Life of the Nation, Told by its People. This absorbing and highly acclaimed

FREE, booking essential
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THEATRE: Arán & Im by Manchán Magan

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

We need to find a way of talking about the Irish language - about the sublime beauty and profound oddness of this ancient tongue that has been spoken on the island for 2,500 to 3,000 years, and is now slipping slowly from our grasp. What can the word for the lonesomeness of a cow bereft

€12 – €15
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THEATRE: Arán & Im by Manchán Magan

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

We need to find a way of talking about the Irish language - about the sublime beauty and profound oddness of this ancient tongue that has been spoken on the island for 2,500 to 3,000 years, and is now slipping slowly from our grasp. What can the word for the lonesomeness of a cow bereft

€12 – €15

Gaiety School of Acting presents IMPROV LAB

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

“A scientist and a comedian walk into a lab...” isn't the start of a joke but the premise behind the “Improv Lab” where a scientist, Dr Shane Bergin, and a comedian, Sharon Mannion, solve problems, answer questions and work as a team to solve scientific conundrums in front of a live audience. The questions and

VISUAL ART: Beneath | Beofhód – panel discussion

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Bogs are many things to many people. They are a latent source of energy, a refuge, a carbon sink and an archive of history. As islands surrounded by pastoral land they’re often undervalued and misunderstood. They are living, breathing ecosystems with the power to absorb and reveal the past, with resurfacing iron age bog bodies

FREE, booking essential

NOTES TO SELF: Musicians Share Songs & Stories

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Four Kildare music artists come together for an evening of song and discussion about the role music can play minding your mental health. Presented in association with First Fortnight Festival 2022,  Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to welcome songwriter and community musician Sive, rapper and writer Dafe Orugbo AKA Max Zanga, singer, songwriter and producer

PANEL DISCUSSION: Invisible Cords/Sacred Conversations

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

‘Sacred Conversation’ explores the seen and unseen cords that underlay our instinctual engagement with art and humanity, the spoken and unspoken words between people.  Clodagh Kelly (Visual Artist) and Claire Hawkes (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist) will discuss the ‘Sacred Conversations’ which permeate our conscious and unconscious interactions with art and humanity. Chris McMahon (The Treatment Room) will

FREE, booking essential

MUSIC: Edel Meade – Brigids and Patricias – concert & talk

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

A concert and talk featuring acclaimed singer-songwriter and Tipperary woman EDEL MEADE, who released her stunning new solo album BRIGIDS AND PATRICIAS in 2021, described as 'most courageous Irish album of the year" in The Irish Times. A strikingly original artist working in the field of jazz, folk and contemporary music; her voice has been described as mesmerising or magical even,

€14 – €16

BOOK LAUNCH: Secret Poets by Darren Donohue

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Secret Poets is the eagerly anticipated debut poetry collection from award-winning poet and playwright, Darren Donohue.  Published by Turas Press, Secret Poets charts the poet’s journey through illness and his determination to uncover the sublime hiding within the every day. Darren’s poetry is widely published in journals and magazines including Poetry Ireland Review, Irish Times,

FREE, booking advised

Irish Military Seminar: Ray Goggins in conversation with Declan Power

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The 6th Irish Military Seminar presents an evening with Ray Goggins, author of Ranger 22:Lessons from the Front, in conversation with Declan Power. ‘The path I have travelled, the things I have done and the people I have met in crisis situations have given me a window into those qualities that make us perform. My

FREE, booking essential

ARTIST TALK: Kildare Art Collective

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

As part of their ongoing exhibition 'Normal', Kildare Art Collective will host a panel discussion at 6pm on Thursday June 23rd in the McKenna gallery, Riverbank Arts Centre. A number of participating artists will discuss their exhibited work as well as their broader art practice. This event is free but due to limited numbers booking

Free, booking advised

TALK: H U D D L E

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

H U D D L E is an informal art discussion reading group devised by Saidhbhín Gibson. The huddles have been taking place since 2017 and in various locations including The Curragh, IMMA and VISUAL. This is an inclusive event for the discussion around contemporary art and associative narratives. A piece of text is provided

free, booking essential

ARTIST TALK: Freedom of Choice Panel Discussion & Workshop

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Curated by visual artist Clodagh Kelly, Freedom of Choice exhibition offers a glimpse into the lives of ten women. Created by ten participating artists, the exhibition explores a range of topics including mental health, psychiatry and journeys of healing, nature, fertility, childbirth, visibility, homelessness and violence. Join the artists for a panel discussion (7pm) prompted by

free, booking essential

ARTIST TALK: (Re)starting an Artistic Practice

Main Street, Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland

A panel discussion exploring a return to the studio, to study, to rekindling and sustaining a creative practice. Join artists Brenda Brady, Maria Ginnity, Clíodhna Ní Anluain and Carolann Courtney (Chair) to discuss their work and their different paths back to a visual arts practice. Brenda Brady  Brenda Brady graduated with an MA in Art Research &

free event

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TALK: Michael Harding – All the Things Left Unsaid

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

An Evening with Michael Harding For almost fifty years, Michael Harding has been crafting words in a bid to express himself, and to explore truths about the human condition. But even still he found himself unable to say certain things he really wanted to. Then, while in recovery from surgery, he travelled to a cottage

€22
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TALK: Michael Harding – All the Things Left Unsaid

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

An Evening with Michael Harding For almost fifty years, Michael Harding has been crafting words in a bid to express himself, and to explore truths about the human condition. But even still he found himself unable to say certain things he really wanted to. Then, while in recovery from surgery, he travelled to a cottage

€22

PANEL DISCUSSION: Finding Form – Selected Works from Kildare’s Municipal Art Collection

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

A municipal art collection is a body that is in the process of becoming and so, is not easily defined. The works chosen from the collection for the Finding Form’ exhibition echo this feeling of flux, of taking form, the momentary becoming monumental through time, context and medium. This panel will discuss what it means

Free event

Fighting Words Morning with Roddy Doyle

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

We are hosting an introduction to Fighting Words at Riverbank Arts Centre with co-founder and former Chairman, Roddy Doyle. Fighting Words is a free creative writing programme co-founded by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love in January 2009. It operates on the premise that creative writing is an essential part of every child’s education: that giving

free, booking essential

Into the Deep: Stories of exploring the underwater world of the North Atlantic with Ken O’Sullivan 

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Ken O’Sullivan talks about his life and experiences as an underwater cameraman, documentary filmmaker and ocean conservationist in Ireland’s Atlantic waters. From freediving with blue whales, the largest animal ever to have lived, to filming sharks, dolphins, and the magical underwater world around Ireland and his family’s 250-year history on Fenit Island, Co. Kerry.  Ken

€10 – €17

Artist Talk with Sheena Malone

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

We warmly welcome you to a panel discussion with Visual Artist Sheena Malone and a special guest, as they explore the role of Irish folk medicine and its wider context. Inspired by her exhibition Folk Medicine, this artist talk expands on the themes present in the artworks. Looking at the historical context of folk medicine

free, booking essential