Culture Night Spectacular at Roscommon Castle!

As part of Culture Night 2021, Roscommon County Council Arts Office in association with the Office of Public Works will host ‘At the Castle’, a dance, music, film, projections and lighting effects event, live from Roscommon Castle this Friday (17th) from 9 pm.

  The event is funded by the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme at the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The lifting of restrictions means that a larger audience can attend but early booking is advised via

‘At the Castle’ is a site specific multimedia show which features stunning film by local film director Emma Brennan. Projections on the walls of Roscommon Castle will portray a new dance piece performed and choreographed by Mintesinot Wolde with local dancers. Live dance and music by local performers will take place on the night in the Castle grounds, followed by visuals and lighting on a loop until late.

The projections and lighting have been devised by Algorithm Productions who bring their expertise to the local team in creating and devising this unique show. The live show (which is sold out) takes place at 8 pm on Culture Night followed by projections and lighting until 11 pm.

Roscommon County Council has been allocated funding by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme 2021 to programme outdoor live performances in summer 2021.

Arts Officer Rhona McGrath explains: “This is part of a suite of Covid-19 measures by the Government to support the commercial live performance sector. The funding enables local authorities to manage and support performances by local performers, technical teams and event organisers, and to bring high quality performances to the public in a safe manner, outdoors, this summer”.

Mintesinot Wolde is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher and member of Dance Ireland. Based in Roscommon, Mintesinot has established his own dance company. For these events, Mintesinot has engaged dancers Victoria Walker, Kate Lohan, Carol Ann Farrelly, Patri Savoie and Robin Wilson.

Emma Brennan, from Roscommon, is a composer, actor, photographer, filmmaker and award-winning director and producer. For these productions, Emma has engaged musicians John and Liz Wynne flute, Padraig McGovern and Leonard Barry uilleann pipes, Barra O Flanniagh percussion, John Joe Kelly bodhrán and Mossie Martin fiddle.

The projections can be viewed from 9 pm until 11 pm without booking.