Balbriggan’s innovative ‘How it’s Made’ Festival to commence this evening

by Rose Barrett
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Balbriggan’s ‘How it’s Made’ Festival will be hosted this evening at the The Vault (Old Bank) in George’s Square from 6pm. This engaging festival is facilitated by the local Scéal Arts collective, in partnership with the locally-based Irish Institute of Music and Song, and will run over three weekends, September 9-10, 16-17 in the build-up to Culture Night on Friday, 22 and will conclude on Saturday, 23.

The local arts collective will host a series of events designed to explore how art is extracted from nature.  Artist have been paired with engineers and scientists for a group exhibition entitled ‘Meitheal’.

Over 30 events, including workshops and performances, are planned over the weekends of September 9-10, 16-17 and 22-23 at eight venues:  The Vault, known locally as the Old Bank at George’s Square and The Boathouse, under the viaduct at Quay Street, are active throughout.

Antonio D’Souza is a visual artist who creates art from reclaimed car parts. Pic: Fintan Clarke.

Other venues include The Window at 4 Dublin Street, formerly Vision Radio; The Our Balbriggan Hub at George’s Square, The Warehouse on Vauxhall Street, Molly’s Coffee Gallery & The Central on Bridge Street and the Irish Institute of Music and Song on Church Street.

Featured artists include the locally-based Thomas Brezing, Leia Mocan, Murielle Celis, Antonio D’Souza and many others.

Exhibits, performances and film screenings will be held across the town featuring nationally recognised artists including Noelle Gallagher and documentary filmmaker John O’Rourke.  

Events will be  curated and coordinated by Italian art historian and visual arts curator Valeria Ceregini and the Scéal Arts Collective. Events are thanks to funding from the Arts Council, Creative Ireland and Fingal County Council.

On Culture Night, Friday, September 22, the Irish Institute of Music and Song will host a musical walking tour and The Warehouse will be the venue for art exhibitions, workshops and the Scéal sessions, a spoken word and music event to complement activities at a total of eight venues on the evening.

Culture Night, September 22

According to the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy, events such as these highlight how Balbriggan secured designation as a ‘Creative Place’, qualifying it for Arts Council funding. “The ‘How it’s Made’ festival is a wonderful example of how Balbriggan is burgeoning with creativity,” he said.

John Quinlivan, Director of Economic, Enterprise, Tourism and Cultural Development at Fingal County Council, said the town was emerging as a centre for the arts, and the authority was proud to play its part.

“It is fantastic to see so many events showcasing local talent, bringing nationally acclaimed artists to Balbriggan and also people together through the arts,” he said.

“The long-term aim is that 10 years from now people from all creative disciplines will want to spend time in Balbriggan.”

Further details at and Our Balbriggan social media channels.

‘How it’s Made’ will commence this evening, Saturday, September 9 with an opening at The Vault (Old Bank) in George’s square at 6pm.

Feature photo: Murielle Celis forms part of the ‘How it’s Made’ Festival, facilitated by the local Scéal Arts collective in partnership with the locally-based IIMS. Pic: Fintan Clarke.

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