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Apr 28 2021

Town Hall Theatre Announces LASTA

Town Hall Theatre & NASC Theatre Network today announced Lasta - a ground-breaking new national arts programme for and by young people. The festival will be presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council, taking place nationwide from 11-20 June this year.

In an innovative and exciting approach to programming, 21 young curators have been engaged by the eight theatres in the NASC network of regional venues (including the Town Hall Theatre) to programme a festival of work for children and young people which will form part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, an Arts Council funded season of arts events This new national arts programme - titled Lasta and curated entirely by young people - will the first of its kind in Ireland.

Three young curators - Lisa Mannion, Oisín Parslow, and Emily White – were recently selected by the Town Hall Theatre following an open call, to represent Galway in choosing and producing the programme. Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people will work collaboratively to deliver an ambitious line up of work for young people across the country. Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project offers a unique opportunity to develop our future arts programmers and producers. This promises to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible and exciting festival of events.

To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit

The NASC Network Venues are Town Hall Theatre (Galway), An Grianán (Letterkenny), glór (Ennis), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee), Pavilion Theatre (Dun Laoghaire), The Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick), Dunamaise (Port Laoise), Backstage (Longford). The Young Curators will supported by a member of staff at the Town Hall Theatre as well as receiving support from two arts practitioners who will mentor them on programming and negotiating deals, and will assist in establishing connections with artists. The Young Curators will also engage with the young curator panels in partner venues, sharing ideas and information on programming opportunities and learning from experience from last year’s Young Curators Festival at the Backstage Theatre in Longford. Programmed by young people for young people, the Lasta festival aims to feature a high quality hybrid of online and live performance and workshops in a variety of disciplines such as theatre, spoken word, dance and music. All work will be selected with adaptability in mind, and at all times working within COVID-19 guidelines.

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