Culture Cavan Finale Event 6 December 2013

Culture Cavan Exhibition

The Foyer, Courthouse, Cavan
December 6 to January 30 2014

The Culture Cavan Exhibition illustrates the work of the project over the past 21 months. Twenty seven facilitators worked on the project with communities in Counties Cavan, Fermanagh and Leitrim. Culture Cavan was funded by the International Fund for Ireland in conjunction with Cavan County Council. The project encouraged participation and reconciliation among communities in the border region through four different art strands.

Non - Parade Parade by trans-art as part of Culture Cavan

Strand 1 - Creative Writing as a tool for Peace Building This strand delivered a series of creative writing projects including Belleek to Ballyjamesduff an anthology of short stories, poems and personal musings and Write my Life Story captured the imagination of participants focusing on the power of storytelling and our innate ability to tell stories.   Troubled Conversations brought the real life experience of four individuals who experienced the troubles at first hand to life on the stage through verbatim theatre.   At the Black Pigs Dyke the play written by Vincent Woods was produced by a local cast and crew and the power of language, ritual and storytelling was a powerful reminder of our past.   Revenant focused on storytelling through the camera lens with the production of this feature length film set in this area with local actors, director and crew.

Strand 2 - Spectacle for a Shared Vision created the Wishing Tree Symposium, Winter Wonderland, The Janus Project, Graffiti and Through the Ages with participants of all ages and working with a range of material that included textile, paper, wire and papier mache.   The Non Parade Parade, Peace, Harmony, Diversity and the Mad Hatters Tea Party used the body, dance, movement, printing skills and parade to create high impact visuals to tell a positive story for reconciliation in our area while remembering our past.

Strand 3 - Music as a tool for Peace Building Musicians from both traditions shared performances, tunes and instruments and showcased their work in collaborative performances including No Musical Demarcation, Celebrating the Living Culture and at festivals  in Cavan, Fermanagh, Dublin and Antrim.   The Creative Music Workshop encouraged musicians to produce original material and increase professionalism particularly in the area of live performance  and learn about each other. Joint performances will follow.

Strand 4 - Home, Identity, Emblem – Visual Symbols New work in choral, literature and visual art was created in this strand including the formation of the County Choir.   Choral work included Uncommon Wealth and the visual arts project. A Sense of Place took historical objects as a reference point for the artist and young people to being a new journey in our past and future identities.  

The project was managed by a steering committee and the project co-ordinator Ann O Reilly.