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Lasta Young Curators’ Festival 2024: Float

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Revel in quiet rebellion; gently let go and loudly move forward with four Belfast housemates. Find yourself in the heart of Belfast – an old, mouldy, definitely lived-in terraced student house, or as Erin, Mia, Caitlyn and Grace call it… Home. These four are an ode to young Belfast student life; the dirty dishes, the broken windows, the dinner parties, the celebrity cardboard cut-outs… But most importantly, they’re all trying to find light in the darkest of situations. When Erin goes through something terrible, she and those around her try their best to move through the ‘after’, encouraging Erin towards healing, hope and happiness. Things start to unravel as the girls begin to realise that maybe they don’t know each other as well as they first thought.

Float is an anthem, not a ballad. Rebel against those who put us here in the first place, scream from the top of your lungs or find strength in the quiet, feel the girls’ warm embrace, and decide to float instead of sink.

Float received 2 nominations at the Dublin Fringe 2023 awards – the Solas Nua New Voices and Bewley’s Café ‘Little Gem’ Awards.

A captivating show exploring the quiet terror of being in one’s 20s” Irish Times ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

glór presents the programme for the 3rd Lasta National Arts Festival, a festival of events programmed for young people by young people, which will take place between Tuesday 4th – Saturday 8th June.

The full Lasta Festival Programme for glór is available HERE

glór is one of seven venues nationwide who have teamed up to present this exciting event in cities and towns across the country, from Letterkenny to Tralee, from Ennis to Portlaoise.

The Lasta programme for glór has been curated by two young Clare-based curators – Ciara Miesle and Rowan Watson Bradshaw, selected through an open call in 2023.  Since then, these Young Curators have had the opportunity to meet up with curators from other venues nationwide. They received mentoring from industry professionals in marketing, touring and venue management and learned about negotiating deals, how to approach artists and companies, and how to manage budgets.

Ciara and Rowan have pulled together an ambitious programme taking inspiration from casual nerd culture.

The Lasta Festival, based on a project originally conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre in Longford and now in its third year, has blossomed to include venues and individual curators nationwide, and an expanding programme of exciting, multidisciplinary work.  In an innovative and exciting approach to programming, 19 young curators have been engaged by seven regional venues (including glór) to programme a festival of work for young people nationwide. Under the guidance of theatre artist Maisie Lee, these young people will work collaboratively to deliver an ambitious line up of work.  Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this festival offers a unique opportunity to develop our future arts programmers and producers. The line-up for this year’s festival will feature theatre, music, comedy, gaming, visual arts, dance, film, photography and experiential moments promising a fresh, fun, and exciting festival.

The seven regional venues involved in the initiative are Backstage Theatre (Longford) Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise) glór (Ennis) An Grianán (Letterkenny) The Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) and Town Hall Theatre (Galway)