Cashel looks ahead to a wonderful Arts Festival this weekend

Cashel looks ahead to a wonderful Arts Festival this weekend

Former British MP Chris Mullin will deliver the keynote lecture.

Cashel Arts Festival is looking forward to a varied and exciting festival this week, spanning Thursday 20th  to Sunday 23rd . 

The festival will include theatre, visual arts, literature and film and an incredible Culture Night programme.

Chris Mullin, former British Labour politician, will deliver the keynote Bolton lecture in St John’s Cathedral on Saturday 22nd.   

Before entering parliament, Chris Mullin reported from the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia. 

 In the 1980s, in spite of bitter personal attacks from the British media,  Mullin led a campaign that resulted in the release of the Birmingham Six.  

His recently published memoir ‘Hinterland’ will form the basis of his fascinating talk, looking back at a life lived fully.

From a musical perspective, the festival  looks forward to welcoming Old Hannah from the West of Ireland on Saturday 22nd.    

This is an up and coming band, recently featured on the Late Late Show and shortly to release their first album.  

The festival  will also have music from ConTempo,  Ireland’s National Television & Radio Broadcasters quartet-in-residence as well as the Tipperary based Cedartowns and Farhaven.

Phelim Drew (son of Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners) brings a one man show to Brú Ború on Thursday 20th  with an adaptation of George Orwell’s classic ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ a classic tale of riches to rags.  

The award winning international author Julian Gough will open the festival and take part in events for young and old – he is the author of the children’s ‘Rabbit & Bear’ books and the recently released ‘Connect’.

There will be exciting visual arts to see and enjoy around Cashel, including opportunities to watch artists at work creating art in public spaces alongside exhibitions of local and international work.

The festival  will also be showcasing a host of local talent with local playwrights, songsmiths and artists bringing their work to Cashel.

The committee is  adding new strands to the festival with the Taste of Cashel, where local produce and food will be to the foreground. 

As always they are providing opportunities to watch and engage with local craftspeople carrying on ancient and enduring crafts. 

The committeee is most grateful to  sponsors and partners. 

 For booking please see the website and  brochure www.cashelartsfest.com.  Follow them on Facebook/twitter.