Exciting new courses in Callan Friary

ABHAINN Rí Training is offering a new programme of courses for anyone interested in developing skills to organise and promote cultural events in their community.

ABHAINN Rí Training is offering a new programme of courses for anyone interested in developing skills to organise and promote cultural events in their community.

The training is designed to support individuals, voluntary groups and committees and is suitable for those with or without prior experience. This inclusive cultural training initiative will include: “Inspiring your Community” – A Training and Mentoring Programme for Cultural Promotion, Management and Administration, Abhainn Rí Training Workshop - practical training in Festival Design and Construction, Cultural Skills Development - short training courses in Web Design, Tech Production skills, Film Making for communities, Animation, Circus Skills, Street Theatre skills and more.

An introductory session to “Inspiring your Community” will be held this evening (May 30) in the Friary in Callan at 7pm by mentor/facilitator Conor O’Leary of Artlands. The training and mentoring programme will focus on how participants can enhance the cultural and community life of their local areas, assist participants to develop ideas for actual projects and events, encourage participants to organize events as part of the Abhainn Rí Festival 2012/3.

Topics will include: how to generate new ideas, event planning, promotion and scheduling, budgeting, funding, insurance, sustainability and resilience, effective volunteer organization and recruitment, mapping your local cultural and community resources and how to involve the community. The programme will also include case studies from voluntary promoters and community projects around the country.

A total of 24 workshops will take place over 11 months including a number of public workshops with guest speakers. Training will take place in the Callan Friary and Co-op with some workshops happening at KCAT. For more information please contact Caroline at KCAT on 056-7755115 or caroline@kcat.ie. See www.kcat.ie