Celebrating the arts and creativity the Clonmel Junction Festival is set to bring colour and diversity to the Tipperary town from July 4th to 13th.
The 2014 festival is set to be a vibrant expression of creativity for the entire town through theatre, music events, a myriad of art installations, guerrilla art events and much more.
Growing from a five-day festival to its current ten-day status at the heart of Clonmel Junction Festival is a programme aspiring to embrace an increasingly diverse society - tickets for festival events are available fromjunctionfestival.com while a full programme for the festival will be on sale from May 29th.
The festival will open on July 4th with a semi-staged performance of Gluck’s ‘Orfeo and Eurydice’ which will take place in the atmospheric setting of Old St Mary’s Church. The soloists will be German counter tenor Roland Schneider and soprano Jennifer Davis a native of Cahir. Elizabeth Attl will conduct the Carolan Ensemble and the forty-stronge Junction Festival choir who will be performing at the festival for the fifth year.
Daytime theatre events suitable for all ages include the breath-taking ‘Knee Deep’ by the internationally renowned Casus Company which features an acrobatic display that defies the laws of gravity.
This production has been created by four acrobats from the fabulous C!RCA - the performance will take place in Gordon Street Car Park with the old medieval town wall as a backdrop .
Younger children will be amazed by the bubbles galore of ‘Omino’ where a magical world of fun and fantasy is created with every type of bubble you can imagine.
By Belle Sopone, “Omino” will be performed by Italian Michele Cafaggi in White Memorial Theatre.
‘The Stories That Live in the Streets’ is an Audio Theatre Promenade show created by Clonmel’s Junction Joes, who are a passionate group of young writers, actors and artists aged between 15 and 17.
This young group have been working in conjunction with Australia’s Suzanne Kersten and Julian Rickert, Tipperary poet Grace Wells and Drogheda artist Viviane Byrne to bring their vision to life.
Audio Promenade Theatre utilises a new form of theatre that has emerged in recent years made possible by advances in audio technologies. This show will be presented daily from 3-7pm throughout the festival.
Evening theatre delights include ‘I Do’ by Dante or Die in association with South Street Arts Centre Reading at Raheen House Hotel.
This is the Irish premiere of a very special piece of site specific theatre that takes place in six hotel bedrooms on the day of a wedding.
The audience will get the chance to have an intimate sneak peek at what happens behind the scenes on the big day. Each performance is restricted to sixty people with six groups of ten moving from room to room.
Having toured the UK extensively to rave reviews ‘Bitch Boxer’, from London’s Snuff Box Theatre, comes to Tipperary for its Irish premiere.
Trained boxer Charlotte Josephine plays the lead role in this production which follows boxer Chloe in the lead up to the historic London 2012 Olympics when women first stepped into the Olympic boxing ring.
‘Swing’ from Fishamble: the new play company, with stars Steve Blount and Janet Moran is a charming play about dancing, music and love set at a Swing class.
Participatory projects have been at the core of Clonmel Junction Festival’s programming for many years.
This year the organization has been busy with ventures such as ‘A Grand Bandstand’ where Transition Year students from Clonmel CBS High School, KH Architects, Kentz Engineering and Medite have joined forces to design and build an eco-friendly portable bandstand.
The building process will take place in May and after an unveiling at the end of year concert in the school will be used for performances during the festival.
The festival’s Primary School Project 2014 ‘Pop Up People’ is sponsored by local healthcare company Abbott and runs throughout April and May.
The project is facilitated by artist Astrid Walsh who will working with the school children to create a series of characters.
The ‘Pop Up People’ characters and the stories devised by the children will have both an on-line life through a regularly update blog, photo storybooks on the festival website and will then invade the town centre in varying scales from miniature installations in shop windows and public buildings to large scale wall hangings in the run up to the festival in July.
Clonmel town will come alive with daily free concerts in the middle of the town each weekday at lunchtime and on Saturday afternoons as part of the 14th Clonmel Junction Festival.
Having toured the UK, France, Canada, South Africa and Australia,Hermitage Green will be bringing their energetic live show to Bakers Bar in a double bill with American roots band Uproot Hootinany.
Legendary Zimbabwian guitarist Oliver Tiku Mtukudzi will make his Irish debut in Clonmel. More music acts to be announced shortly.
Featuring the best of international and local theatre performance, Clonmel Junction Festival is a year round arts organisation which produces, presents and promotes arts events in the Clonmel region culminating in this the annual ten-day festival that celebrates the arts and the life and time we live in.
Don’t miss the Clonmel Junction Festival 2014 which takes place from July 4th-13th.
For more information on any of the events please see - junctionfestival.com.