This unique, intimate arts venue (140 seats) in rural Manorhamilton, County Leitrim is located in a former Methodist Church, built in the 1820s. Throughout the year, the venue offers a programme of musical, theatre and film performances, as well as readings by local authors, for locals and visitors. Traditional Irish music is often on the "menu". On average, there are typically one or two performances at the Glens Centre on any given week.
African band Tropicana Musica plays at the Glens Centre, accompanied by local Irish musicians
Broad Mix of Events
The artists who perform are sometimes local, sometimes they come from places all over the world (see video as an example). At the time of writing, the upcoming events include
- Two performances of plays by W.B. Yeats, by a local group
- An evening of music featuring a Russian harpist, a Cameroonian signer and a Swiss cellist
- Two performances of an original drama by a local playwright, and performed by the Leitrim Youth Theatre
The Glens centre also has recording studios and rehearsal spaces for local artists. The Glens centre also serves as an important community centre for the residents of the small, close-knit community of Manorhamilton and surrounding areas in County Leitrim. Various classes in music, youth theatre, and arts and crafts are held at different times of the year.
Accommodation For Travelling Musicians (and Others)
Perhaps due to its rural setting, in this area of Ireland strongly connected with arts and crafts, the Glens Centre is a place that draws musicians from around the world. The Centre has a small, two-rooms self-catering accommodation facility adjoining the old chapel, where many artists full of wanderlust and eco-tourists have stayed, seeking a truly authentic Irish experience. The accommodation is listed on AirB&B (tip: you don't have to be an artist, musician or eco-tourist to stay here!).
Musicians play at the Glens Centre. Image by Forestbrook