On Friday September 28th and Saturday September 29th, 2018, the vibrant town of Ballina in Co. Mayo will provide a stunning backdrop to Other Voices, the internationally acclaimed music television series and arts festival, which has travelled countless roads over the past 17 years. From Dingle to Derry, New York to Belfast, Texas to London, Berlin and beyond, Ballina joins the global network of towns and cities that map the rich and diverse musical journey of Other Voices.
At the end of September, the Mayo town will explode into life with song, story, conversation and debate, a weekend of live music, creative partnerships and diverse discussions with artists and speakers from across the world, joining together to raise their voices. The Other Voices TV recordings will take place in the 225-year old St. Michael’s Church in the heart of Ballina, while the Other Voices Music Trail will run across a multitude of venues, bars, pubs and clubs throughout the town. Ireland’s Edge Ballina, an extension of Ireland’s Edge, the renowned annual culture and creativity conference, will be a mixture of debate, performance and discussion that aims to contribute to the positioning of Ireland, particularly rural Ireland, as a viable, dynamic location and environment for world leading developments in creative technology industries.
Also taking place during the Other Voices Ballina weekend will be the annual Food Fleadh Ballina, hosted by Ballina Chamber of Commerce at Military Quarters in the town centre. This culinary feast will highlight the very best local, seasonal, sustainable food, a wealth of produce from the fertile lands and rivers of Ballina and North Mayo. Along with a host of market stalls and tasting menus, join many of Mayo’s most celebrated chefs and food producers for demonstrations, workshops and much more.
Speaking at the launch of Other Voices Ballina 2018 in St. Michael’s Church on Thursday June 14th, Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council said: “Other Voices is a special kind of festival, it has captured the hearts of Irish and international audiences for years. It combines the celebration of music and the celebration of place like no other music event in Ireland and we are honoured that the intimate setting of St Michael’s Church has been selected as a host venue for Other Voices. The people of Ballina and County Mayo will extend the warmest of welcomes to the artists and the Other Voices team, as much as we will to those who come to experience Other Voices in County Mayo.”
Other Voices Executive Producer Philip King said: “We were all delighted to accept the invitation to bring Other Voices to beautiful Ballina in Co. Mayo. We have strong connections with the county, Other Voices producer Tina Moran is a Westport native and, in a way, producing Other Voices in Ballina is bringing it all back home for us.”
The first act to be announced for St. Michael’s Church in September is local songwriter and performer Maria Kelly. The Westport native is a true reflection of Other Voices on-going commitment to showcasing the very best emerging music talent. As one of the breakthrough Irish artists of 2018, Maria topped the poll in the Other Voices Open Call 2017, to secure a spot at the IMRO Other Room at Other Voices Dingle last December. Maria will be joined by a host of international and Irish acts at the TV recording event, with artists being announced over the coming months.