Happy Birthday to the Core Mayo Open Mic!

Since 2016, the increasingly popular Music Generation Mayo programme The Core Mayo has been giving young musicians and learners in the Mayo community a multitude of performance opportunities at their showcases, festival stages, pop up events and open mic evenings. As you’ll no doubt be aware, we at Ballina Salmon Festival were lucky enough this year to have The Core Stage, which featured a full lunchtime concert schedule of young performances from the The Core Mayo.
The Core Mayo Open Mic turns one this week – congrats to all involved!
 

The Core Open Mic is a monthly event where the mezzanine area of the Ballina Arts Centre is transformed into a vibrant and intimate performance space. The stage is open to young musicians and performers aged 12 to 18 and can accommodate full bands!

 
It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet like minded musical people from across the county and get experience performing in front of an attentive and appreciative audience. It’s also an opportunity to meet members of The Core, get a tour of the rehearsal/recording space, learn about instrumental tuition, workshops and camps at The Core or even become a member yourself! As always, friends and family are more than welcome to come along and our performers always appreciate the support!
Young people interested in performing on Tuesday November 28th are encouraged to contact PhilipCassidy@msletb.ie or call 087-7485954. For more info about The Core please visit www.TheCoreMayo.com

The Junior Literary Awards return to Ballina Salmon Festival!

Mayo and Ballina, in particular has much to be proud of in terms of local creative writing, and the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards have been revived this year to celebrate this talent, and to foster and encourage a love of writing among our young people – which ultimately contributes to a vibrant local literary culture.

The Awards, which were a feature of the festival in the past and are being revived this year by committee members Ger Hogan and Lizann Gorman will focus initially on primary school writers. Inspired by the success of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), this award is billed as the HaHoLit (Half Hour Literary) Award, where children are challenged to set aside just half an hour to create a short story or poem in English or Irish.

The awards have been kindly sponsored by Paul Brennan, Solicitor (main sponsor), Eason Ballina, Creative Writing Mayo and An Teanga Bheo School of Irish, Ballina.

 

Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Award Sponsors

 

Who can enter? 

The Junior Literary Awards are open to children under 13 years and the categories include both short story and poetry.

Awards will be made in both English and Gaeilge.

 

Categories

  • Short Story (Max 1000 words)
  • Irish Short Story (Max 1000 words)
  • Poetry
  • Irish poetry

 

How to enter

Entry forms can be downloaded here or collected from the Ballina Salmon Festival office.

Entries are to be submitted to the Ballina Salmon Festival Office on Pearse Street by Saturday 1st July, and shortlisting will take place the following week. The successful shortlist will be published on the Festival Website and local media outlets, and parents/guardians will be contacted directly.

The cost of entry is €2, or €5 for three entries.

Click here to download the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards Entry Form

 

Prize-giving Night

A prize-giving ceremony will take place in Ballina Arts Centre at 7pm on Thursday 6th July. Winners will have the opportunity to present their work in front of an audience.

 

Judges

The judges this year are local writer Helen Falconer for short fiction, poet Terry McDonagh for poetry and Orla Ní Slaic of An Teanga Bheo for all Irish entries.

 

Prizes

There will be a number of prizes awarded on the night including:

  • A workshop in An Teanga Bheo School of Irish
  • A voucher for a winning school for entry to Tumble Jungle
  • A Workshop in Creative Writing Pass, E
  • Easons Book Vouchers and
  • The winning title of the Junior Bard of Ballina.

Winning entries will be published on the Ballina Salmon Festival website. We look forward to reading your entries!

 

Junior Literary Awards Ballina Salmon Festival

Pictured with local children is main sponsor Paul Brennan Solicitor accompanied by Ballina Salmon Festival PRO, Anne-Marie Flynn and event organisers Ger (Faith) Hogan and Lizann Gorman. 

 

 

Junior Literary Awards Ballina Salmon Festival

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