KILMAINHAM ARTS FESTIVAL

Date: 26th Aug 2011
KILMAINHAM ARTS FESTIVAL

Community Arts Festival for Historic Kilmainham Kilmainham Arts Festival - August 26th & 27th 2011 The historic Kilmainham area bursts into life in August on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th with the vibrant Kilmainham Arts Festival. Run by the community and supported by local businesses, Dublin City Council and IMMA, the second annual festival turns Kilmainham into a riot of colours, sounds and fun. This family friendly festival features an eclectic and dynamic mix of art exhibitions, performances, workshops, music and more. Best of all - the events are free! For full programme details log onto www.kilmainhamartsclub.com and see how much is going on! “The festival programme aims to have something for everyone”, said Festival Director Vawn Corrigan. “Building on the success of our 2010 festival, which close to 3,000 people enjoyed, this year is packed with fun and brimming over with talent!” she said. The festival supports local artists and provides a platform for emerging and established talents. “Art on the Rails” is a large, outdoor exhibition with over fifty artists exhibiting. In addition, there are live art installations, photography exhibition and free art workshops for adults and children in IMMA grounds and studios. Live music on two stages feature diverse styles such as: 'The Fibbs' (rap), 'The Rolling Drones' (bagpipe rock band), 'Special Brew' (ska), 'Mellowchords' (barbershop) and the “James Brass Band” (brass) and many, many more. A spoken word event takes place in IMMA grounds featuring 'The Poetry Chicks' amongst other great performers. Drama includes Actor Simon Toal's hilarious one-man play 'The Friends of Jack Kairo'. Film screenings featuring shorts from talented film-makers and the 'Busking Competition' are festival highlights. On both the Friday and Saturday nights La Dolce Vita Restaurant presents jazz and the Patriots Inn and Kilmainham Hilton Hotel lounge host great bands. DJ Nigel Wood's 'The Ear to the Globe' world music dance event takes place which includes dance performances from around the world. Comedy is provided by “Totally Wired” as seen on 'Republic of Telly'. With the summer holidays drawing to a close, children’s activities are plentiful. Our children's programme includes fun art workshops, 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party' in IMMA walled gardens, activities on IMMA grounds and face painting. “Wassa Wassa" introduces the rhythms of Africa in drum and dance workshops for both adults and children. A special event at the 2011 festival is an outdoor exhibition of paintings produced by the children from eight local primary schools. The 2011 Kilmainham Arts Festival is organised by volunteers from the community with the kind support of local sponsors: Dublin City Council, IMMA, Kilmainham Hilton Hotel, The Patriots Inn and La Dolce Vita Restaurant, Music Maker, Superquinn, Art & Hobby Shop Liffey Valley, Easons Liffey Valley, Evans Arts Supplies Capel St and more. Ends. For more information contact: Festival Director Vawn Corrigan on 086 8144343 or email kilmainham.arts.club@gmail.com Additional Notes: • Parking is free at the Dublin Hilton Kilmainham which is also offering festival-value accommodation. Full programme details can be found on www.kilmainhamartsclub.com