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First Fortnight Festival 2022

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to partner with First Fortnight festival once again to bring you a programme of arts events and activities. Now in its 13th year, First Fortnight is an arts-based mental health charity that organises a festival at the beginning of the year, aimed at raising awareness of mental health and challenging stigma.  Riverbank Arts Centre has presented a programme in collaboration with First Fortnight since 2015.   This year’s programme includes:

VISUAL ART: BOUNDARIES by Clodagh Kelly (14 January – 22 February) FREE

‘Invisible Cords’ is a collection of artwork developed by Kildare based Visual Artist Clodagh Kelly over the last ten years.  Clodagh uses drawing, mixed media and natural materials to explore health, landscape, healing and form in space.  This exhibition draws from three bodies of artwork ‘Scratched Room’, ‘Cruel Nature’ and ‘Boundaries’ allowing the underlying invisible cords that resonate between the different series to emerge.

McKenna Gallery – more details
Opens 14th January.



LIVE MUSIC & TALK: NOTES TO SELF: Musicians Share Songs & Stories (Saturday, 15 January – new start time 6pm) FREE

Four Kildare music artists come together for a night 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 Hally, and singer and songwriter Freya Monks, hosted by Keith Walsh, writer, broadcaster and mental health advocate. 

In this one-off special event, the artists will discuss their creative process and how they look after their own mental health. The evening will also feature music from all four musicians, including some live performances. Join us for an event that will be both an open, honest conversation as well a celebration of music! BOOKING>>

FAMILY PROGRAMME – Saturday, 15 January

Song writing workshops with Laura Walsh

Children aged 5-12 are invited to join Laura Walsh as we create a brand new song! Using a variety of percussion instruments and fun, easy to use software, we will create our song as a team. Making beats and backing music is easier than you think, and we can write our song about anything you like!
Laura Walsh is a music therapist, teacher and gigging musician who has been playing and writing/recording music for 10 years.
10am – children 5-8 years
11:30am – children 9-12 years
Tickets €5 per child. Workshop duration 60 minutes
(Booking will open soon)


First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. For more information about First Fortnight see their website 

Please note, in line with new Government guidelines, adults (over 18s) will be required to show your EU COVID Certificate and Valid ID for entry to the auditorium for events.  If you have any particular requirements as part of your  booking please contact us at or telephone (045) 448327

Audience capacity for these events has been reduced. Please see our  Covid Safety information before your visit to Riverbank Arts Centre.