Kilmainham Arts Festival

Article Posted: Friday 13th August, 2010

September 3rd and 4th 2010

The first annual festival of Arts in this historic Dublin quarter
Opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Gerry Breen

Kilmainham's Inaugural Arts Festival will provide a feast of exciting artistic events as well as workshops in dance, drama, song, and art for adults and children.

On Friday the 3rd the Lord Mayor will officially open the festival prior to the launch night in the Patriots Inn. Saturday will see Kilmainham come alive with ‘Art on the Rails’, an outdoor exhibition of art by local groups and contributing artists. Photographic exhibitions, film screenings by Irish filmmakers and drama productions will be held in the Hilton Hotel. IMMA opens up for a bring-and-share picnic with children's activities and Gypsy Jazz music. While the Kilmainham Courthouse Plaza will transform into a stage for a busking competition with cash prize, performances of dance and music, and street theatre featuring mythological characters throughout the day!

As well as performances from a range of top-class live music acts (The Bree Harris Band, T-Bone and the Electraglidz, Oona and the Devils, Locoswing, Stillhouse) there will also be one-off and site-specific pieces. These include: Environmental Art Installation in the grounds of Imma (Fiann O'Nualain), Urban Graffitti Art demonstration and performance art. On Saturday 4th September, the director/playwright Peter Sheridan will open the evenings music, dance and drama. Highlights include Simon Toal's critically acclaimed one-man show ‘The Friends of Jack Kairo’.

There will also be a strong interactive element to the festival with a large scale Collective Arts project with public participation (‘Flow’ by Joyce Kelly) and vibrant street performances (street theatre, barbershop octet, clowning and historical tours). Workshops will range from Irish Traditional Song led by Robert Doyle), to landscape drawing crawls and dnace workshops in tango, bellydance and Hip Hop. There will also be a live music céilí on Saturday afternoon.

The festival has grown from the success of the Kilmainham Arts Club, a monthly Arts event in which local artists and those from further afield have exhibited and performed to enthusiastic audiences; its strong following has proven that there is a real appetite for art and culture in the area.

Kilmainham Arts Festival is proudly supported by Dublin City Council, the Arts Council, IMMA, the Hilton hotel and local businesses.

General access to the event is free and open to all. There is a suggested donation to some events, workshops may have a small cover charge, tickets for these can be applied for in advance by emailing the address below, or registering in the booking office located in Patriots Inn, the morning of the 4th. Children's activities, including face-painting, are free.

For further information: Ph: 0868144343

Kilmainham Arts Festival