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Carlow Arts Festival 7 to 13 June 2017

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Carlow Arts Festival: the first big cultural event of the Irish Summer, runs from 7 to 13 June 2017.  The festival celebrates its 38th year with a host of events taking place in Festival HQ at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and VISUAL, as well as at local landmarks. Visitors can immerse themselves in national and international artisticadventures and world festival premières over the week-long festival, filled with spectacular free performances, live music, visual art and family friendly events.

Announcing details of Carlow Arts Festival 2017, Festival Director Jo Mangan said: “I believe a crucial part of our job is ensuring that the work programmed is accessible to all. The arts are for all of us, not the special few. It is important that they are part and parcel of our everyday lives. 

A huge part of our programme is outdoors and we have worked hard to ensure that ¾ of our events are free. We also have a ‘pay what you can’ scheme for those with an entrance fee…[and]… a strong family friendly programme.”


Carlow Arts Festival is filled with exciting international premières. The Saturday Night Spectacle at Festival HQ on 10 June is from Italy’s extraordinary Ondadurto Teatro who will perform for the first time ever in Ireland. Their huge spectacle C’era Una Volta (Once Upon A Time) features fascinating moving objects, projection, sound effects, spectacular water effects, fire and of course… fireworks!

Winner of 14 international awards, including the Cirque Du Soleil prize, Switzerland’s Pss Pss (Companie Baccalà) take to the VISUAL stage on 10 June.

Philip Glass’s epic opera Einstein on The Beach, which runs for 4.5 hours, will be brought to the big screen at VISUAL for a world festival first from 10 to 12 June.

O’Hara’s Pavilion, sponsored by O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer, at our Festival HQ in Carlow College, St Patrick’s, will come alive this summer with performances from RTE Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family on Friday 9 June with special guest Emmet Kirwan. Live favourites The Strypes with support from Carlow’s own Exiles, are joined later on Saturday night 10 June by R.S.A.G and 10-piece urban-street funk band Stomptown Brass with Sarah O Gorman on 11 June.

On Tuesday 13 June, Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s première contemporary music group, will provide a beautiful end to the festival with a unique performance at the ruins of the gothic revivalist Duckett’s Grove at dusk.

Family Fun:
Theatre, performance and free family friendly events are a big focus of Carlow Arts Festival this year and Festival HQ is the place to be for all the family. Enjoy pop-up performances on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11  June from Pietr Kloon (Theatre Lovett), Professor Plunger (Fanzini Brothers) and direct from France  and in collaboration with Cork MidsummerFestival, Theatre De La Toupine, who will take children on a fantastic trip on their theatre-carousel Cow Go Round. On Sunday, children can get a ‘prescription’ for an exciting new book from the Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic.

Visual Arts:
Carlow’s world-class visual arts scene features stronger than ever in this year’s programme with our open calls resulting in over 850 entries from all over the world. From 7 June at VISUAL visitors can discover Hotron ART WORKS Exhibition and Daria Martin, New Works 2012-2017, which includes Martin’s latest trilogy of 16mm films, Theatre of the Tender (2016); At The Threshold (2015); and Sensorium Tests (2012). SITE WORKS will feature remarkable art in unusual locations around Carlow town: video installations from Sinead Keogh, and Brian Hand & Orla Ryan and unexpected public space interventions from Ceclila Bullo, Karl Burke and John Cullen.

Carlow Arts Festival have partnered with the Irish Film Institute to present Carlow on Film, a unique collection of vintage and contemporary work. On Friday 9 June, grab a picnic blanket or deck-chair and join family and friends at the Outdoor Cinema event as the winning mystery movie (voted for by visitors to www.carlowartsfestival.com) will be unveiled.

Art Within The Community
Carlow Arts Festival have announced a range of events that create new opportunities for people of all backgrounds inCarlow to fully engage in the arts.
Emma Martin, the internationally profiled, locally based choreographer is creating The Thumping Heart with local young dancers and musicians.

Integrated Circus company Extraordinary Bodies (UK) will be working during the festival with community members of all abilities towards creating a large-scale spectacle event for debut at the festival in 2018. Ondadurto Teatro have worked with Gypsy Communities all over the world and will be working with our own young Traveller community in the lead up to the festival. Emmet Kirwan will bring his unique skills to a masterclass for young spoken word artists, and Carlow Youth Theatre are working alongside visual artist Yvonne McGuinness at VISUAL. Plus the whole town has an opportunity to add their addition to American artist Candy Chang’s Before I Die wall.

Carlow Arts Festival: the first big cultural event of the summer, runs from 7 June to 13 June 2017 and is filled with cultural treats for everyone.

Visit www.carlowartsfestival.com for the full programme and ticket details.

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Carlow Arts Festival is funded by the Arts Council.



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