Anne Marie O'Donnell and Patrick Bergin at the Cashel Arts Fest brochure launch PICTURE: SEAN LAFFEY
Cloughjordan and Hollywood star Patrick Bergin launched the Cashel Arts Festival's 2019 brochure in the historic Church of Ireland Chapter House in John Street on Sunday.
The theme of this September's Cashel Arts Festival is ‘walls’, explained chairperson Anne Marie O’Donnell, “both in celebration of the physical walls that surround the town, 700 years old this year, and a reflection of walls imposed or self imposed that create a feeling of separation or boundaries in us and in our society.”
“The festival aims to create an atmosphere of togetherness and a feeling of community and we hope to allow for experiences that inspire and celebrate a breaking out of our ‘walls’.
“The festival will celebrate the walls through poetry, song, theatre, visual arts, music and dance.
“This occasion is to engender a dissolution of the distance created by the demands we put on ourselves and an opportunity to enjoy ease, relaxation and inspiration.”
Ms O'Donnell thanked all the sponsors, and the Church of Ireland for hosting them and especially the voluntary committee members. Some of the main events this year include the third Bolton Lecture, on September 21, to be delivered in St John the Baptist Cathedral, John Street, by the leading international human rights lawyer, Philippe Sands.
This will be accompanied by Guillaume de Chassy on piano.
“We have theatre, poetry, music, ceramics, and there's a Procession of Light. We also have the Taste of Cashel and many other events, so I encourage you to please come out and enjoy the festival, which is your festival, and to tell your friends and further afield about the brochure which also available online.”
Launching the brochure in the newly vacant first floor of Chapter House, which once contained the GPA Bolton Library collection now being lovingly restored in the University of Limerick, Patrick Bergin remarked on the huge amount of work put into preparing the festival, and recited anecdotes from his acting career, read poetry, and sang with a guitar before a spellbound audience.
“What strikes me going around the country is the number of festivals, and how important these things are to our culture as a nation,” said Mr Bergin. “Looking through this brochure, and program for events for this year, it’s just amazing that so much can go on in every town around the country.”
The full festival program of events is available at www.cashelartsfest.com