A Thought of Sligo – Yeats on Film at Tread Softly… festival


29th July– 11th August 2012


Tread Softly… is the inaugural festival in Sligo celebrating the link between the Yeats brothers William Butler and Jack B and Sligo. Featuring a mix of theatre, music, film, readings and visual art.
The film strand comprises of three separate elements which will be screened at The Model in Sligo throughout the course of the festival.

Featuring collaborations between visual artists and musicians, as well as intriguing theatre, readings and an unmissable vintage day where the whole of Sligo town will come out dressed in Edwardian style. The festival will welcome some amazing talent to Sligo for 10 days over the summer, including musicians from The Waterboys, Kíla and Dervish as well as writers such as Seamus Heaney, Belinda McKeon and Brian Leyden, all to help celebrate Sligo’s artistic heritage.

Date: Sunday 29th July, Sunday 5th August
Venue: The Model, The Mall, Sligo
Time: 4pm
Tickets: €4
Sean O’Mordha’s two-part documentary telling the story of the evolution and development of landscape painting in Ireland through the experience of six living artists: Sean McSweeney, Barrie Cooke, James O’Connor, Mary Lohan, Martin Gale and Dorothy Cross. Each part is 52 minutes and there is a 15-minute break between the first and second part.
Soul of Ireland – 2007
Date: Wednesday 1st August, Wednesday 8th August
Venue: The Model, The Mall, Sligo
Time: 6pm
Tickets: €4
A series of short films including Oscar nominated Golden Bear winning documentary Yeats Country (1965) by Patrick Carey.
Also included are Bat Eyes, the beautifully made Australian finalist in this year’s YouTube short film competition, which revolves around Yeats’ poem When You Are Old and Grey; and archive footage of Yeats in Stockholm at the Nobel Prizegiving (1923) and his funeral in Sligo (1948). Sinead Dolan’s short film Sligo, Yeats and Me explores the relationship between ordinary Sligo people, young and old, and W.B.Yeats’ poetry rounds off this hour long programme.
Date: Friday 3rd August, Friday 10th August
Venue: The Model, The Mall, Sligo
Time: 6pm
Tickets: €4
Another programme of short films connected with the Yeats family.
The Art of Ireland (1950s) produced by Brian O’Doherty, who was a friend of Jack Yeats, it traces the development of visual art and architecture in Ireland. (20 mins)
W.B.Yeats – A Tribute (1950) a film by George Fleishmann and J.D. Sheridan, where Yeats’ poems are set to visuals of the Sligo countryside, Dublin and London. (21 mins)
Tread Softly… is an initiative of Blue Raincoat Theatre, The Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model and Sligo Live supported by Fáilte Ireland and is produced by Sligo Yeats Partnership. The festival would also like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance by the Yeats Society Sligo.



The Hawk’s Well Theatre,

Temple Street, Sligo

T: +353 71 9161526

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