Members of Cashel Arts Festival Committee, and guest speakers, at the brochure launch in the Rock of Cashel. Picture by Sean Laffey.
The launch of the brochure for Cashel Arts Festival took place on Saturday 1st September in the Rock of Cashel.
An attractive brochure for the festival was launched at 7.30pm in The Vicar's Choral, immediately followed by a special screening of a new feature-length film 'The Camino Voyage' prior to its cinema release in Ireland in October.
The voyage has been described as “an epic 2,500 km Modern Day Celtic Odyssey.”
“We were delighted that the film maker Dónal Ó Céilleachair, who is now based in Cashel was with us on the night,” said organiser Eibhlís Maher.
Festival Chairperson Anne Marie O’Donnell, said the theme of the festival this year is ‘Reflections’. Ms O'Donnell thanked the voluntary festival team for their months of work culminating in the brochure and the festival which runs from 20th – 23rd September.
“A painting, play or song can have different and equally valid meanings which change, evolve and grow in response to mood, time, place or whim. Our programme this year provides a palette of colour and creativity with representatives from the various branches of the arts and which the committee hopes will suggest, shape and cement a set of positive reflections to carry us through the long winter months. The festival promises, as always, to provide a rich weekend of culture and fun and we look forward to seeing you there,” said Ms O'Donnell.
The organising committee are Anne Marie O’Donnell, Eibhlís Maher, Claire Fox, Diarmuid O’Leary, Geraldine Stockil, Mark King, Eleanor Dwyer, Anne Devitt, Emily Kirwan, Petronelle Clifton Brown, Josephine McCan, Gillian Brennan, Paul Maher, Yuliya Shilnikova, Catherine Fogarty and Maebh Ryan.
Anne Marie also thanked the festival sponsors, stating that the festival is reliant on their generosity.
Appreciation was also expressed to Elaine Moriarty and the OPW staff for hosting the event. The OPW is also kindly holding other events in the Rock of Cashel as well as an art installation in conjunction with Men’s Shed and Cashel Tidy Towns curated by artist Aoife Banville in St. Dominic’s Abbey during the festival.
Anne Marie said she hoped the “festival weekend will give us the raw materials to create new visions of ourselves and new reflections” and that “the variety of arts on offer would add new and lasting layers to the fabric of Cashel.”
In line with this theme, the Bolton Lecture on Saturday 22nd September will be given by ex-Labour MP, Chris Mullin, who lead a campaign to free the Birmingham Six.
His talk will be based on his recently published memoir (Hinterland) and will reflect over a fascinating life lived fully. Phelim Drew (son of Ronnie Drew) will perform Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris & London in which Orwell leaves his life of privilege and re-casts himself as a down and out.
This play will take place at Brú Ború theatre on Thursday 20th September following the official launch of the festival by award winning author Julian Gough.
Brochures are available in local shops and businesses and to download at www.cashelartsfest.com
Cashel Arts Festival – 20th – 23rd September 2018 includes the inaugural Taste of Cashel, Craft Demonstrations, Culture Night, music, workshops, street theatre, film, visual arts and a host of other events.