Coole gears up for spring cultural programme

The spring programme of cultural and heritage events will get under way at Coole Park later this month, with the official launch of the programme taking place on Tuesday.

Once again the Friends of Coole in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Services, Galway County Council, Galway Rural Development, Galway Education Centre, Fáilte Ireland West, and the community of Gort will host the official launch of the Cultural and Heritage Winter Programme at Coole Park. The 2009 Spring Programme brochure will be available on the day and it will also be widely available locally.

The programme aims to integrate arts, culture, heritage, and education with a series of events for adults, young people, and families. Dance, drama, local history, heritage, music, poetry, and film feature in the exciting new programme of events taking place between now and March.

Coole Park serves as a focus for the area for both adults and children. Coole Park Reserve, on the doorstep of Gort serving counties Galway and Clare, is a marvellous educational facility for both children and adults. The Cultural and Heritage Spring Programme 2009 continues this tradition.

The Coole Park Cultural Programme aims to provide a series of high quality multi-disciplinary arts and heritage events to as wide and inclusive a local audience as possible in a site that has national and international cultural status. The biannual programme events in spring and winter endeavour to showcase locally based artists and lectures on locally based topics.

The programme was initiated in 2005 on a pilot basis and its success to date is largely due to the strong partnership of agencies and active community involvement in its organisation, delivery, and support.

The launch of the Cultural and Heritage Spring Programme 2009 will take place on Tuesday January 13 at the Visitor Centre, Coole Park, at 3.30pm.

For programme details after the launch contact Coole Park Visitor Centre at (091 ) 631804. Admission to all programme events is free.

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