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    This short clip gives highlights of The Decades Festival, which takes place every August in pubs throughout Cork city, Ireland. In this festival the participating venues choose a decade for the weekend and then put on music, fancy dress and decor to reflect that decade! The streets are alive with people dressed up in costumes from all eras moving effortlessly through the decades - you can find yourself in anything from a 20's speakeasy's to a 90's rave and all that came between. Decades Festival 2011 takes place on Friday 19th & Saturday 20th August and with over 30 venues to choose from on the trail, it's going to be another fantastic weekend festival in the city.

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    • Rose of Tralee 2011 Promo


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      Promotional Video for the selection process for the 2011 Rose of Tralee International Festival. For more info visit http://www.roseoftralee.ie

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      • La Cour de Célimène by Ambroise Thomas - Wexford Festival Opera 2011


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        Wexford Festival Opera - 21, 27, 30 October, 3 November 2011. A hurt and humiliated woman takes her revenge on men, breaking their hearts while protecting her own. The only way to a happy marriage, she says, is to forego love. The hugely surprising thing about La Cour de Célimène is that it has not been performed since it was first produced at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1855. Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896), who is best known for his opera Mignon (first performed in 1866 and performed at Wexford in 1986), spent several years in Rome during the 1830s where he immersed himself in the music of the leading Italian opera composers, Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Their influence is evident in La Cour de Célimène, which is an opera comique, written in French and containing both spoken and sung passages. The neglect of La Cour de Célimène for nearly a century and a half is difficult to understand, for it is generously endowed in every important area: attractive music, interesting orchestration, good ensemble writing, spectacular vocal solos, drama and duels, a clever and witty plot . . . this is an opera of wide appeal, which glitters with French sophistication and elegance. The character of Célimène, the flirtatious widowed Countess, dominates the opera. She is determined to make men fall in love with her, for her late husband’s infidelities caused her such distress that she wants to take her revenge on all men. Her heartless and cynically-flirtatious goings-on with her twelve suitors and her latest toy-boy – each of whom is convinced that she loves only him – are contrasted with her disapproving sister, the Baroness. The drama increases as events take several unexpected turns. www.wexfordopera.com

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