Jan 14 2016
THE NEW year might only be a couple of weeks old but it is already time for Galway’s first festival of 2016, as Music For Galway unveils its annual midwinter festival, which runs from Friday January 22 to Sunday 24th, at the Town Hall Theatre.
Entitled Captive – Music from the Abyss, it explores themes of captivity and imprisonment. “The theme is very topical,” observes Finghin Collins, Music For Galway’s artistic director. “What has dominated the news over the past year has been people fleeing Syria and the middle-East. There’s currently an Irish citizen captive in an Egyptian prison, Ibrahim Halawa. There are still people in Guantanamo Bay. While previous mid-winter festivals were dominated by music from the past, this year all the music is from the 20th and 21st century, so it is very much of today.”
With sponsorship from Insight @NUIG and MJ Conroy, the festival has also expanded beyond music to include the screening of an Oscar-winning documentary, a talk by distinguished human rights lawyer, William Schabas, and performances by actor Diarmuid de Faoite, with members of the American Decoda ensemble, straddling the mediums of theatre and chamber music.
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