Pictured at the launch of the Culture Night 2021 line-up in Lonford were performance artists: Soprano Emer Barry, Daddy Showkey and MaryJane Sweeney of Longford Music Generation. Photo: Shane Crossan.

Ballymahon event features in Longford's biggest Culture Night lineup

Longford is shaping up for one of its biggest cultural nights ever, with a bumper line-up of events planned for this Friday.

Sound Harvest, a music and poetry event taking place in Ballymahon, is part of the busy Culture Night schedule in the county.

Sound Harvest is a unique collaboration between musicians and poets, curated by poet Anne Tully and musician Shane Kennedy.

It sees poets selecting a piece of writing and working with a musician to develop a performance piece involving both soundscapes and the poet’s voice.

The finished works will be performed by poets and musicians in the beautiful surroundings of the Jolly Boys outdoor garden restaurant in Ballymahon.

People are invited to come along for food, poetry and music at the family-friendly event which starts at 7.30pm on Friday.

A total of ten separate events will take place in Longford on Friday, with Culture Night being marked in Granard, Ballymahon, Edgeworthstown and Longford town.

The theme of this year's event is 'Come Together Again', in reference to the recent scaling back of Covid-19 public health restrictions and the desire of a nation to re-connect and celebrate.

In Longford, the free events open to the public include visual art installations, studio exhibitions, recitals and readings by local writers and poets, and music concerts catering for fans of classical, trad and world music.

Events will be held in line with all current public health guidelines. For further details on locations, times, bookings and COVID-19 guidelines go to www.culturenight.ie/events/offline and select 'Longford'.

Culture Night in County Longford is funded by the Arts Council in partnership with Longford County Council Arts Office and coordinated by Republic of Culture Ltd.