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'Gaza' Wins Best Documentary at Dublin Film Festival!

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Congratulations to directors Garry Keane and Andrew Mc Connell and their team on ‘Gaza’ winning the top prize at this year’s Dublin Film Festival! The film won the Best Documentary prize, selected by the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle, and earlier in the day was awarded second prize in the ICCL Humarn Rights Film Award, which recognises the role of film in raising awareness of human rights.

This is fantastic news for Garry and all of the production team who spent years working on this film, and often placing themselves in dangerous situations to tell this story.

Garry has been involved in the Allingham Festival for many years, having presented a screening of his ‘Toughest Place…’ documentary a few years ago, and also donating the Jim Keane Award for fiction in honour of his father, one of the founders of the original festival. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we all get to see the film in Ballyshannon!!

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Open Call for Allingham 2019

After a long winter of silence, the Allingham Arts Festival Committee is delighted to announce that the festival will return in 2019, running from November 7th-10th. Once again, we invite submissions from individuals or groups who are interested in participating in this year’s festival.

Simply click on the button below to submit your proposal:

The Allingham Arts Festival takes place in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, each November. The aim of the festival is to bring a wide range of arts activities to the community, celebrating local, national and international artists of many disciplines. In recent years, we have hosted poetry and writing events, concerts, documentary film screenings and discussions, lectures in design, panel discussions on the creative economy, craft workshops, art and photography exhibitions, historical lectures and much more. Recent guests have included Anne Enright, Theo Dorgan, Afric Mc Glinchey, Garry Keane, Jamie D'Alton, Wes Sewell and Nishaw Ali amongst others. 

We would like to hear from artists, writers, poets, musicians, digital media and creative media artists and producers, kids entertainers, educators, film-makers, producers, workshop facilitators, entrepreneurs, crafts people, theatre companies, and anyone else with a suitable event to propose! 

Please fill in the form below, providing the following information:

  • clear description of the proposed event

  • target audience/demographic

  • technical requirements - type of space required, audio, projection, etc.

  • costs to the festival

  • if available, examples of previous work/performances, links to website/videos etc.

All proposals will be discussed by the Allingham Festival Committee in April. Decisions for inclusion will be based on the nature of the event, availability of funding, and programming requirements. 

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Garry Keane's 'Gaza' in Dublin Film Festival

Best wishes to Garry Keane and the team on the Irish premiere of his latest documentary ‘Gaza’ at the Dublin Film Festival this weekend. The film, which took five years to produce, received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has been receiving rave reviews since then.

https://www.diff.ie/festival/film/gaza

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Box Office open in Abbey Centre Wednesday and Thursday

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Looking for tickets? We’ll have our box office open in the Abbey Centre on Wednesday and Thursday from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Many of our events are free and tickets will not be required, but some events are ticketed, and have limited seating. Don’t miss out!

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Secondary School Fiction & Poetry Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Secondary Schools Fiction and Poetry competitions. We had a great response this year, and the standard was higher than ever. The future of literature and poetry is bright!

Winners (first, second and third places) are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, on Saturday November 10th at 13.30. See you all there!

U13 Flash Fiction

1. Conor Boyle "Out of the Frying Pan."

2. Isabel Gomez "Boys"

3. Olivia Stefanska "Once in a Faraway Land"

U13 Poetry

1. Sophia Brock "Goodbye and Goodnight"

2. Joshua Mullins "Monday Morning Blues"

3. Orla Grant "One Smile"


U15 Flash Fiction

1. Mirren Dunlop "Swan Song "

2. Sorcha Feehily "The Fire"

3. Conor Grant Farren "Two in the Morning"


U15 Poetry

1. Sean Livesley "Cutting Turf 2"

2. Ben Kelly "Sealing the Bond"

3. Orla Devlin "Not Twins"


U19 Flash Fiction

1. Cadhla Doyle"Autumn Equinox"

2. Penelope Durran "Skipping Generations"

3. Rachel Thorpe"Beeswax"

U19 Poetry

1. Siofra Kelleher"Candle Women"

2. Ella Sloane"Heather Hen"

3. Penelope Durran " Metamorphosis"

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The Francis Harvey Tribute at Allingham 2018

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Reflections and reminiscences about the late Donegal poet and playwright from leading poets Moya Cannon and Theo Dorgan, journalist Gerry Moriarty, and Francis Harvey's daughter Attracta Harvey Kinsella. The evening will include a multimedia presentation “Celebrating Francis Harvey” by photographer Emer O'Shea, inspired by and featuring Harvey’s poem ‘Heron’ which won the 1998 Guardian and World Wildfund Life Poetry Competition.

Entry is free but seats are limited so booking is essential.

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'Black 47' Screening + Q&A at Allingham 2018

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'Black 47' Screening + Q&A at Allingham 2018

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Join us in the Abbey Centre next Saturday afternoon for a very special screening of hit Irish movie, 'Black 47', in the company of key members of the production team. Patrick and Rossa O'Neill will both be in attendance for a Q&A following the movie, giving fans a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the making of the film. Rossa was the Locations Manager for the film, and Patrick was an Associate Producer, as well as the CEO of Wildcard Films, the film distribution company which he set up five years ago. The Q&A will be hosted by Ken Fox, Principal Lecturer in the School of Media, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Book Now as we expect this event to be busy!


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Creativity Workshop with Olive Travers

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Creativity Workshop with Olive Travers

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Olive Travers, Clinical Psychologist and regular contributor to RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany, will once again host one of her very popular Creativity Workshops next Friday morning as part of the Allingham Festival. This workshop was over-subscribed last year, so we recommend booking in advance to ensure you don’t miss out!


This fun two hour workshop explores how we can harness creativity through increasing awareness of the richness of life around and within us. Suitable for both writers and any forms of creative expression. Weather permitting the outdoor natural beauty around the Abbey Mill Wheel will be part of the workshop.

Participants are advised to wear warm clothing and walking shoes.

Friday 9th November 12am-2pm
Abbey Mill Wheel, Ballyshannon

€10

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