The evenings may be getting shorter, but the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre/Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró, Limavady has a fantastic range of events on to keep you entertained as the nights draw in.
One of Ireland’s most accomplished sionger/songwriters, Eleanor McEvoy kicks off the music programme with an intimate gig on Friday 5 September. The creator of international hit ‘Only a Woman’s Heart’ which went on to form the bestselling Irish album of all time, A Woman’s Heart, will present an evening of her award-winning hit songs and music from her recent album Stuff.Another internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, Beth Nielsen Chapman, adorns the Limavady stage on Thursday 2 October. Twice Grammy-nominated Chapman has also garnered major international awards and has written hit songs for the likes of Elton John, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond and Roberta Flack to name a few. You will recognise her stunning music from TV shows including Drawson’s Creek, ER and films including Message in a Bottle and Practical Magic.
Meanwhile, winner of BBC’s The Voice in 2013, Andrea Begley also performs on Saturday 8 November. With the voice of an angel, Andrea presents hits from her album The Message and personal favourites influences by her Northern Irish upbringing.
Classical fans will enjoy a sublime evening with acclaimed pianist Robin Colvill on Saturday 29 November. Robin has performed alongside greats including Nigel Kennedy and Jacqueline du pre, has graced the stages of the greatest venues worldwide and has performed for members of the Royal Family.
Theatre fans can revel in the return of Leesa Harker’s hit play 50 Shades of Red, White and Blue on Tuesday 9 September, whilst the award-winning Dyad Productions also return to Limavady with Female Gothic on Thursday 23 October, a chilling evening of dramatic gothic tales retold to terrify even the bravest audience member.
Also part of the centre’s Halloween programme, families can sing-a-long to superb panto entertainment in Dracula – The Panto on Saturday 1 November.
Art exhibitions include Nine by the Inishowen Rural Artists Network from 5 September to 25 October, followed by Exploring Spaces, an exhibition of twelve successful contemporary Irish artists from 7 November to 27 December.
Classic Saturday Screenings continue with Sunset Boulevard on 6 September, 12 Angry Men on 11 October, and White Christmas on 20 December.
All this, plus fantastic heritage exhibitions, creative arts workshops for young and old, talks and plenty of family fun in store for Halloween and Christmas. Visit their website roevalleyarts.com for full listings or pick up one of their events guides at a venue near you.