Strule Arts Centre launched virtual Winter programme

20th January 2021

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Following the success of the online “Christmas from Strule Arts Centre” programme which saw thousands of viewers tuning in to the venue’s facebook page each week,  Strule Arts Centre is launching its new Winter Virtual Programme.

Speaking about the programme, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong, said;

“The “Christmas from the Strule Arts Centre” programme was a great success and it was wonderful to see so many talented local artists and musicians come together to perform in a safe environment while at the same time providing such wonderful entertainment to those who were able to join online from the comfort of their own homes. What the programme highlighted was that we are truly blessed with a wealth of talent in our district and I am delighted that such a superb venue as Strule Arts Centre is able to continue to offer local artists and musicians this opportunity.

The online performances not only offer the entertainers the opportunity to perform but also enable the audience to interact with the performers or other viewers and has tremendous social benefits.

Viewers certainly feel very much part of the show, as they would in a live auditorium performance.  The variety of the content in Strule Arts Centre’s virtual programme is broadening, it offers live music on a Saturday night but also coming up in the weeks and months ahead will be virtual art workshops, exhibitions, cultural performances and more.  I congratulate the staff at Strule Arts Centre, for continuing to provide access to the arts during these challenging times.”

Kicking off the live performances for 2021 will be Omagh’s very own “Brothers Inc who will go live at 8.00 pm on Saturday 23 January. Ryan and Darren Pritchard who will be joined by their brother Gareth on lead guitar for this special performance. The repertoire will feature classic and iconic hits from a variety of genres which will certainly lift your spirits.

A tremendous line up of performers are scheduled to take the stage in the weeks ahead with performances from Michelle Owens and her band, Patricia Maguire, The Whistlin’ Donkey’s, Jack Warnock and Mollie McKeever, The Knotty Pine String Band and many more.

To complement the live music performances, Strule Arts Centre virtual programme will host its first interactive art workshop, facilitated by gifted local artist Pauline Harte to the comfort of your own homes.  The 6 week course will be delivered  through Zoom  commencing on Friday 23 January at 11am – 1pm and will cover topics such as “How to Draw” looking at lines, shape, spacing and so much more.  It will be personalised workshop but at the same time you can enjoy socialising virtually with people who share similar interests.  This will be a lovely opportunity to take up a new hobby or improve your technique of drawing.

Places for the interactive art workshop can be booked online at  www.struleartscentre.co.uk at a cost of £72.00 with minimal materials required. All you need to take part are pencils, a sketch pad and access to zoom through your phone, tablet or any computer device.

Submissions are now open for ‘The Four Seasons of Omagh’ virtual photography exhibition.  This is an opportunity for photographers, both amateur and professional, to showcase their scenic images of our wonderful town and countryside throughout the four seasons.  There is no doubt the past year has been challenging for everyone.  To be able to spend time outdoors and appreciate the beauty on our doorstep has certainly helped people get through each day.  We look forward to showcasing this virtual exhibition through Strule Arts Centre Facebook page in February/March 2021.

For more details on the Strule Arts Centre Virtual programme visit www.struleartscentre.co.uk follow us on Facebook @strulearts or email strulearts@fermanaghomagh.com.