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Edwina Guckian

Dancer, choreographer, film maker, farmer and community activist Edwina Guckian is firmly rooted in her home county of Leitrim. Having grown up in a family of musicians and dancers and being influenced further by the locals of Roscommon and Leitrim, her unique style of Sean Nós dancing developed from an early age. She is the artist director of LeitrimDance Festival as well as Áirc Damhsa now in its 19th year-a culture club for children and adults to celebrate Irish culture through music, song, dance, folklore and Gaeilge. Recent work includes reviving the Mumming tradition in Leitrim through Sowing the Seed project which sees over 350 Leitrim people growing oats organically on their land and using the oats and straw sustainably. Most recently she was awarded the TG4 Gradam Comaine for her outstanding contribution to the traditional arts. Edwina is the artist in residency at St.Patrick’s Campus DCU Drumcondra for 2022/23.

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