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Spike Cello Festival

Spike, Dublin's unique, charming and provocative alternative cello festival, is back for its fourth installation with three days of cello action Friday 7th - Sunday 9th February 2020. Following the festival's successful runs in 2017, 18 and 19, the 2020 programme will again delight and amaze audiences with world-class cellists from home and abroad finding increasingly weird and wonderful ways of playing with cellos.

Spike 2020 will include events from concerts to yoga cello to activities for younger people, in venues from Lost Lane to the Ark. Festival curators Mary Barnecutt and Lioba Petrie are bringing artists from as far afield as Iceland and South Africa to Dublin, giving festival audiences the chance to witness diverse worlds of cello music from many corners of the globe.

Festival highlights will include evening performances at Lost Lane. The festival launch performance takes place on Friday 7th February, bringing together innovative cellists from South Africa and Ireland in a double bill from Abel Selaocoe and Celtic Cello’s Clíodhna Ní Aodáin, both using their cellos and voices to perform inventive and brilliant music from their respective cultural heritages.

On the Saturday in association with Homebeat Spike are delighted to be presenting two awesome ensembles: award-winning Icelandic cellist Gyða Valtýsdóttir and band, preceded by home-grown talents Kate Ellis (cello) and Caimin Gilmore (double bass), in an evening of musical inventiveness and new sounds.

The third evening concert of the festival will be a double bill of spectacular Dublin ensemble Glasshouse in a very special one-off cello-based formation, followed by Two Versus performing on the Spike stage for the first time. Glasshouse, who have been in action since 2016, are known for presenting unique performances of popular contemporary music. For Spike they will be performing an inspiring minimalist programme from their vast repertoire of modern music. Completing the evening will be a performance from Two Versus, an inventive duo of Irish vocalist Suzanne Savage and New Zealander cellist Hugo Smit. (After this concert, there will also be a late-night secret gig upstairs… shhhh!!!)

The ever-popular “Yocella” class for adults will be back – a self-care practice of yin yoga, live cello, silence and poetry to support the body when life gets a little too yang, fast and busy. Kitty Maguire and cellist Anna Marcossi lead this slow-paced yoga practice of deep opening and surrender accompanied by the hypnotic voice of the cello. Kitty and Anna will also be leading the Flow with the Cello: Music & Movement Workshops at the Ark for ages 5-12.

Event Dates:

  • Fri, 7 February 2020 14:00 - 23:59

  • Sat, 8 February 2020 14:00 - 23:59

  • Sun, 9 February 2020 14:00 - 23:59

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