Across the Lines, Song Lines

Virtual Open Mic Night!

The Across the Lines IFI funded programme has in the past three years supported Open mic nights, cross border creative writing and song writing sessions in Enniskillen, Blacklion and Manorhamilton. The Open mic nights are about connecting ordinary people who like to perform through their music, poetry, readings, etc. Now as we all are focused on keeping well through this global pandemic, with closed/restricted borders and administrative lock-down, the values underpinning our previous Open Mic get togethers are all the more relevant.
This virtual event also presents an exciting opportunity to connect performers and audience who haven’t been able to physically attend previous Open Mics in this region.

Performances of music, song, spoken word and poetry carry a power to connect across barriers, boundaries, borders be they physical, social, cultural, of place, jurisdiction, real and imaginary. Our hope is that this ‘Virtual Open Mic Night” will be a way to re-connect and broaden connections, inspire and entertain each other, and together engender a hopeful uplifting spirit for these challenging times.

As with previous “Across The Lines” Open Mics, we are interested to hear interpretations /responses to the broad theme of ‘borderlands’ and ‘crossing-borders’, including our shared, new and current context of reaching out in a ‘historic’ time of pandemic.

Please don’t forget to share this ‘online happening’ and let’s see how far and wide we can reach out! Stay safe and take care.


Performances should be submitted via as a video or as an audio with a still image to accompany it.
Please message Ruth via the Glens centre Facebook page or email to for the full guidance on how to do your recording and how to submit.

On behalf of all The Glens Centre/Opne Mic Manor and The Thing Itself team – thankyou.

Stay safe and be well !!!

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