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Mayo's first Indian Festival - Utsava Maigh Eo
By Connie Menezes
27, Oct 2012 - 10:10

Mayo's first Indian Festival - Utsava Maigh Eo

For one night and one day (16th /17th Nov.) The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar will be transformed into a place of "Utsava" - the removal of earthly woes - providing you with an opportunity to forget your troubles and enjoy great Indian music, film, dance, poetry, bazaar and much, much more. The Official Opening and a great Bollywood movie kick off the Festival at 7:00pm on Friday the 16th November . "Bollywood style" dress welcome on the night!


Connie Menezes (of Indian origin but living in Westport) has dreamt of staging an Indian Festival for many years. The realisation of this dream took shape when Connie, Lyle McElderry and Bríd Kivneen attended a Festival at Dartington Hall, Devon in May 2011 which celebrated Rabindranath Tagore's vision and values.

"From the meeting of hearts, through the meeting of souls, great streams of truth will flow"

Tagore was a spiritual, social and earth activist whose poetry, plays, songs & stories, talks and teachings encapsulated his vision to serve the earth, lift the spirit and transform society. He went beyond art for art's sake or self-expression or entertainment. He saw art as a medium for self-awakening, transformation of consciousness, enlightening the soul; and changing the world. In other words, an opportunity for Utsava!



Fri 16th @ 7:00pm Official Opening by Anthony O'Brien (Local Artist & Lover of India) - All Welcome

Fri 16th @ 7:30pm Bollywood Film Screening: "3 Idiots" Adm: €5

Comedy, drama, romance, song. India's top grossing Bollywood Film.

'Bollywood Style' dress welcome on the night!


Sat 17th @ 11.30am Tribal Caul: Voice and Movement Workshop

Awaken your body, heart and mind through the Indian traditions of mantra and chant with facilitators Jayne O'Donnell, Mary Doherty and Lucia Sheehan. Please bring blanket & mat. Adm: €10 / €8 (unwaged & 65+) Kindly sponsored by: Ash-Ling Crafts, Westport


Sat 17th @ 2.00 - 3.30pm Bollywood Dance Workshop

Learn a Bollywood routine to a popular Bollywood Track with renowned Choreographer Joan Pires. Indian Classical & Folk dance, blended with Street and Jazz. Loose clothing; shoes or barefoot. No dance experience necessary. Adult €10 Adult Concession (unwaged & 65+) €8; Child (6-18yrs) €6; Family €25 (4 related persons, inc. 1 adult)

Kindly sponsored by: Ylang Ylang, Westport


Sat 17th @ 4.00pm Celebrating Tagore

Gabriel Rosenstock & Sudipto Das. Poetry, music and song celebrating the life of Rabindranath Tagore. Adm: €10 / €8 (unwaged & 65+)

Kindly sponsored by: The C Spa at Atlantic Coast Hotel, Westport.

Gabriel Rosenstock's reading presented by Poetry Ireland in association with the Linenhall Arts Centre.


Davitt College Exhibition:

Ciara Silke (Visual Art teacher) and Aoife Morrisey (Irish

teacher) of Davitt College, Castlebar, and their 2nd year groups will generate creative responses to Gabriel Rosenstock's translation of Tagore's poems Stray Birds / Éanlaith Strae. Ciara plans to create responses in the form of clay tiles, and Aoife is considering working on written responses with her group. The works will be displayed in The Linenhall on Saturday 17th November as part of the festival offering.


Sat 17th @ 8.00pm Performance: North Indian Classical Music

A rare opportunity to hear the very best of Indian music and to have some of its mysteries explained.

Dara O'Brien: Sitar; Mattu Noone: Sarod; Sadanand Magee: Tabla.

Adm: €15 / €12 (unwaged & 65+)

Kindly sponsored by: Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, Castlebar


Sat 17th: Indian Bazaar

Arts, Crafts, Food, Music, Henna Hand Painting, Massage & Threading and much more. (Not during performances)


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All Bookings: through The Linenhall on 094-90-23733


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