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From ancient festivals in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to modern day merry-making, Laois has enjoyed a party more than most for thousands of years. With over 60 events happening each month , you are most definitely invited to celebrate with us.
And from major international music weekends to local fiestas covering everything from scarecrows and storytelling, to drama and literature, you’re sure to find your tribe. For the outdoor enthusiast there’s weekly guided walks, runs and cycles. Come join us as we celebrate the length and breadth of the county – morning, noon, and night…

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Creative Ireland Laois

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A Sense of Place is the overarching theme in which culture and creativity are recognised as integral to life within County Laois with multi-faceted portals for everyone in the county to become involved in creativity and culture be that as initiators and innovators as well as participants and audiences.

In Laois through a multi-disciplinary programme and stand-alone projects, our intention is to nurture and foster creative expression in all its diversity; embrace and welcome new ideas; and create the conditions to help turn those ideas into reality and embed creativity into all aspects of the cultural, social and economic life of Laois.

Culture and Creativity is at the heart of our community and Creative Ireland provides a distinctive opportunity for County Laois to work strategically with our cultural, social and economic assets for the enrichment of the county.

The tools of Collaboration, Communication, Community, Participation, Inclusivity and Empowerment are paramount as points of inquiry and the platforming of our Sense of Place; informing strategic priorities underpinned with arts, heritage, libraries & archives, environment, enterprise, tourism, etc.

As a vibrant rural county proximate to Ireland’s capital and a gateway to the Irish midlands with a distinct built, natural and cultural heritage, our sense of place is reflective in traditional, current and future cultures and placemaking – a multi-faceted approach to planning, designing and maximising our assets, inspired by our past, present and future potential.

Our purpose if to foster an environment conducive to collaboration, innovation and creativity, so that the people of Laois can realise their full creative potential…Develop and support programmes to build confidence and increase quality of life through creative engagement with sense of place.

The values inherent in achieving our ambitious programme include,
-Striving for excellence in all areas of cultural and creativity
-Building the confidence of Laois to take its place as a leader in the cultural arena
-Using creativity to improve quality of life in Laois
-Embedding a culture of collaboration within the local authority and the wider community

August 2020

14th August @ 10:00 am - 12th September @ 5:00 pm Free

Dunamaise Arts Centre is delighted to host a new photography exhibition of portraits by Laois artist, Annie Holland. Over the past 2 years, Annie has begun conversations with older people from rural Laois born before or just…

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September 2020

18th September Free

The Artists Collective was established at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally in 2019 and within a curatorial framework work in 2020, artists will work with a visual arts curator to engage with and reflect on current artistic…

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October 2020

30th October - 1st November

The premiere of a new work composed by Martin Tourish with young musicians from the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra will take place as part of Tionól 2020. This new work has been commissioned by…

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November 2020

6th November €10

Breaking Bread is a podcast series and social art project in which Manchán Magan chats with residents of Direction Provision and Emergency Accommodation centres in Co Laois.  He brings an oven and a butter churn…

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