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12-day ‘REWIRE’ youth arts festival coming to the Alley

24 June 2019

The Alley Theatre is delighted to be part of REWIRE – the event of the summer for Derry/Strabane and the district's first ever youth arts festival! REWIRE takes place from June 26th to July 7th – featuring music gigs, a spoken word/hip R hop festival, film screenings, discussions, fashion masterclasses, street art, digital, and lots more.

The Alley will be taken over with young people starting with the ‘Schools Out’ concert / end of GCSE celebration event on Wednesday 26th June. Juno Hasson, a GCSE student at Holy Cross College, is hosting a night of musical entertainment to celebrate finishing GCSEs. Also performing are Renz Cardenez, Cahir O’Neill, Aine Ni Reannachan, Roisin Moore, Sarah Bradley and Matthew McLaughlin, all of whom are GCSE students. They will perform a variety of songs from both pop and musical theatre, with solos, duets and ensemble performances.  This promises to be a fun night and an opportunity for all students to celebrate the end of exams and look forward to the summer holidays.

After a very successful performance last year local singer songwriter Liam Cannon presents ‘Aww That’s Mental’ on Friday 28th June.  The night will shine a light on peoples' experiences of living with mental illness.  There will be music from the young talent of Strabane such as Hughie Doherty as well as other interesting performances and a headline act from Darren Doherty and the Heathen Choir.

Brass Works will take to the stage on Wednesday 3rd July.  A concert for the youth by the youth.  After a sold out performance at the Alley a few weeks ago Brass Works are back with another amazing performance conducting music with Strabane Brass Band and solos and collaborations with Class Act Theatre Group.

Strabane AYE & Pulse will present ‘Gig at the Pig’, showing the next generation of Strabane’s singer songwriters in the Alley Courtyard.  Performers will include Shonagh Forbes, Adam Dolan, Jamie Donnelly, Hughie Doherty, Carol Ann Mullen, Reece Nelson and David Doughtery.

As well as performances, we also have some great arts, crafts and music workshops for young people aged 12 – 24 years of age.  Come along and work with artists to explore new crafts and experience traditional crafts.  Topics such as photography, camera skills, painting, printing, sculpture, fashion, jewellery, textiles, graffiti and eco based arts.  If you would like to get involved, get in touch!

There will be masterclasses in Button Accordion, Flute/ Whistle, Banjo and Fiddle on 4th July and 5thJuly from 11am – 1pm led by ‘CRAIC’ the North West leading trad group.

Come along and enjoy ‘Trad for Youth’ Session by CRAIC on Friday 5th July and ‘Trad for Blast’ on Saturday 6th July from 12 – 12.45pm and 3pm – 4.30pm in the Alley Café Bar.

For more information, tickets and to book workshops places contact the Alley Theatre on 028 71 3844444 or online www.alley-theatre.com

Check out the full REWIRE programme on youth19.com/rewire