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Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival (14th - 17th September 2017)

The Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival showcases the creative arts for the community arts groups of Portumna, Co. Galway and from the surrounding area of Lough Derg and the Slieve Aughties. The Festival celebrates the arts in a variety of mediums and aims to encourage and support local artists to present their work. The festival pays particular emphasis to literature, visual arts, drama and music/song, and guest artists are featured during the weekend event. The Shorelines Arts Festival also hosts workshops and opportunities to all groups within the local community to develop their imagination through art, music, drama etc.

The Gallery at the Workhouse, which was first used as a gallery space for the 2013 festival has now become a permanent art exhibition space for visiting art exhibitions and local artistic talks, workshops and amateur exhibitions.

The 2017 event, in the idyllic surroundings of Portumna and Lough Derg promises to be a feast for all visitors who appreciate the creative arts.

Highlights this year include:

Book Birds
For one weekend only, Book Birds will visit Portumna. With the assistance of Portumna Pen Pushers, these unique, magic birds will leave a gift in random places. This gift will be a book treasured and read by the book bird ​and now passing it onto you.

Art Installation
10 decades, 10 cubes by Aideen Monaghan explores the bonds between people and the land. Comprising of 10 cubes of differing sizes, the sculpture documents the development of agriculture and it's effects on Portumna town during the period 1917 to 2017. The sculpture references people's experiences of working and living from the land.

Keep an eye out for an occasional sighting of this giant elk, with giant gramophone ears, sounds and music enthralls those who stand to watch and wonder. Created by Donnacha Cahill

Creative Writing Workshop
Take an exciting trip through Earth, Air and Water where you will meet mythical creatures of all sorts. Author, Marguerite Tonery, will read from her Kapheus series of books and engage in questions and answers as well as thoughts on creative writing.

Pop-up Museum
Housed in The Cottage Store, the Shorelines Pop Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate. Bringing people together in conversation through stories, art, and objects.

Film Shorts
​The live action short film selection this year deals with the big themes of love, loss and ‘leavings’, contemplated upon from a coffee shop in Madrid, a public park in Buenos Aires, a retirement home, a hospice and a lovely lake in the UK countryside, and the north side streets of Dublin.

Shorelines No. 10s
In 10 houses in Portumna with No.10 on their address, Shorelines will host an event in or around No.10 for the neighbours of the estate over the festival weekend.

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