Hawk’s Well Cultural Companions was an initiative set up in 2019 with the aim of providing increased opportunities for older people to engage with Sligo’s vibrant cultural and arts scene by setting up a network of people who would accompany each other to cultural events at the theatre. Our COVID closure and the fact that older people cocooned alone during lockdown inspired us to revisit this project as we were acutely aware that connecting with and supporting each other in new ways became more important than ever before in 2020.
Over August and September 2020, Hawk’s Well Theatre paired four artists with four older people who had been cocooning alone in Sligo. The artists and hosts got to know each other through a
series of conversations, after which the artists wrote an original piece of work inspired by the host and their conversations together. Cultural Companions – The Diary Entries documents the journey these four duos took together and publicly premieres the new works created in an online format.
Online-This event will be presented as an online streamed event. All bookers will be sent an individual link to access the event. The online stream will be available to watch for 48 hours from the scheduled start time.
The event is available to buy from Sunday 10th to Sunday 17th each evening from 8pm and available for 48 hours.
This project is supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland.
Photo credit: Age and Opportunity