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Happenings pop-up cinema-Grease / David Kitt / Lisa Lambe / Glen Austin & RTE Contempo Quartet / Abandoman / Barges on the Barrow mini-festival / Hothouse Flowers / ART WORKS exhibition / Foil, Arms & Hog / Fidget Feet Aerial Spectacle with Fireworks / Kate Tempest Chrissie Hynde @ Festival of Writing and Ideas / Le Galaxie DJs / BARQ / Treelan / SITE WORKS / Aindrias de Staic / Carlow Choral Society / Irish Modern Dance Theatre / Little John Nee / Catherine Ireton / Dublin Ukelele Collective / Fiddles and Vittels Sunday Hootenanny / Pure Thinking, Aspiro & David Ayers / & Much more!
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PAY WHAT YOU CAN
When your funds are low, and all our tickets have been sold, or you have just missed out on your favourite act because you have arrived at the end of a long day and you didn’t get it together, you will be happy to know we have thought of you. We will be reserving a number of tickets for all paid events that will be released thirty minutes beforehand on a first come first served basis. You simply pay what you can and enjoy the show!
FIVER FOR FUN
The majority of our programme is free – whether it’s a Fun Day out for all the family, Music, Dance, Spectacle, Art, Installation, Street Entertainment, Comedy, Music or Performance. So wherever you see this symbol consider making a donation which will go directly towards supporting the artists who make this extraordinary work.
BOOKINGS 24/7 AT WWW.CARLOWARTSFESTIVAL.COM VIA EVENTBRITE OR PURCHASE TICKETS IN PERSON AT CARLOW ARTS FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE 9 DUBLIN STREET, CARLOW (CARD PAYMENTS ONLY) 9.30AM – 5.30PM (MON – FRI) AT OUR BOX OFFICE: T 059 9173380
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Carlow is home to the first big cultural event of Summer 2016 – the 37th Carlow Arts Festival. This year we’re more than a festival – we’re three festivals in one, celebrating all the very best of cultural Carlow. Get inspired at the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas. This year’s outing brings world famous authors, artists and thinkers to Borris for an inspiring weekend (June 10-12) of thought provoking conversation and ideas. Then sail up-river with Barges on the Barrow (June 14-16) our floating mini-festival that will deliver a cargo of music and fun events at Carlow’s riverside towns from June 14-16. Finally, we’re delighted to announce a brand new arrival - The Big Weekender!
The Big Weekender Carlow Arts Festival finishes with a brand new buzz - The Big Weekender (16-19 June) is a four-day splash of music, art, street spectacle and family fun in the historic heart of Carlow Town. The Big Weekender Festival HQ is centred on the beautiful lawns of Carlow College St Patrick’s, next to the cathedral. Our specially built Festival HQ Pavilion will be the place for comedy, top music acts and more. Pop next door for the best of contemporary art at VISUAL, then grab a bite at the Festival HQ food village, featuring craft beer from local legends O’Hara’s. Make Festival HQ your party hub, or simply chill out on the lawn. It won’t be just the evenings you’ll want to spend at The Big Weekender Festival HQ, this year’s Carlow Arts Festival is full of family friendly fun. The grounds of Festival HQ will host a feast of day time entertainment, performance, music and fantasy fun for all ages. Bring a picnic, get stuck into the free garden games or just lie on the grass (weather always permitting).
WELCOME TO THE FESTIVAL
Welcome to Carlow Arts Festival 2016 and announcing the Big Weekender!
You may never want to leave, from the outdoor cinema screening of Grease, to the Hothouse Flowers to the massive flying spectacle of Fidget Feet topped by fireworks, the days and nights will be kicking in Carlow!
Jo Mangan – Incoming Festival Director Lisa Williamson – Festival Manager Heather Tunstead – Marketing Coordinator Louise Buckley – Accounts and Festival Administration Sandra Walker – Volunteer Coordinator / Administrator Betty le Guay – ART WORKS Coordinator George Stafford – Barge Production Manager/Box Office Mariane McGrath – Marketing assistant Noelia Ruiz - Marketing Consultant/Rebrand & Web Design Jonathan Murphy – Graphic Design/Lead Creative Adrian Mullan – Production Manager Emma Lucy O’Brien – Visual Arts Project Manager Maria Schweppe – Comedy Programmer PR - Sabrina Sheehan, Mission PR ... and all our wonderful volunteers
Board Cornelia McCarthy (Chairperson), Emma Geoghegan (Secretary), Emma Lucy O’Brien, Ed Cahill, Chris Chapman, Cllr. Denis Foley, Dave Morgan
Curators SITE WORKS Emma Lucy O’Brien, Annie Fletcher, Curator Van Abbe Museum, Claire Feeley, Producer for Oslo Pilot, Emma Geoghegan, Architect Meme Architecture, Sinead Dowling, Carlow Arts Officer, Jo Mangan, Incoming Festival Director The Board and staff of Carlow Arts Festival would like to give special thanks to outgoing Director Hugo Jellett
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MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS #CAF2016
ART WORKS Carlow’s 37th Annual Open Exhibition and Hotron Art Prize VISUAL and St Patrick’s College Carlow 10 -15 (11am-5.30pm) 16 - 19 (11am-9pm)
ART WORKS PARTY AND AWARD CEREMONY JUNE 16, 8PM VISUAL – ALL WELCOME. Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow present ART WORKS, the 37th annual open submission exhibition and art prize. Running for 10 days at VISUAL and Carlow College, in a quick burst, this exhibition celebrates the energy, creative power and diversity of visual arts practices in Ireland. It features work by artists selected from open submission as well as 5 invited artists; Stephen McKenna, Denis McNulty, Aideen Barry, Jaki Irvine and Brian Duggan. This year ART WORKS has been selected by Annie Fletcher, Senior Curator, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven & Claire Feeley, Producer Barbican, London. The Éigse Prize of €3000 for an outstanding piece of work and the ART WORKS prize of €1000 for work by a recent graduate will be presented at the ART WORKS Party on June 16 at 8pm.
Little ART WORKS
Festival HQ , Meet at Gate Lodge Sat 1pm 3pm, Sun 2pm 4pm Ticket €5, booking required Clayotic will hosting children’s clay modelling workshops at Festival HQ on Saturday and Sunday using non-toxic, brightly coloured, non messy clay which air dries in 24 hours. Bring your creations home on the same day. Book early, places are limited.
Loitering Theatre, Steve Maher, Clodagh Emoe, Angela Fulcher SITE WORKS
SITE WORKS is an exciting new collaborative programming strand by Carlow Arts Festival, VISUAL Carlow and Carlow County Council Arts Office. For 2016 four temporary site specific art works have been selected for presentation over the festival period June 10 - 19. These interventions and one off events bring new contexts to the town’s sights, sounds and histories.
LiveWorks SITE WORKS
Encouraging young audiences to enjoy the diversity and potential of visual art, exhibition tours and making workshops will be facilitated by Louise Osbourne. VISUAL June10 - 19 (Weekdays schools and groups only) 10am and 1pm €2 per child. Booking through VISUAL 059 9172400 www.visualcarlow.ie
Building on the tradition of open calls for which the festival is known, the inaugural LIVE ART WORKS LIVE WORKS WORKS open call for performing arts professionals and has resulted in numerous works being presented that otherwise may not have been, at this ART WORKS year’s Carlow Arts Festival.
Carlow Historical Society Meet @ Gate Lodge, Carlow College 18/19 June @ 2pm Free In February 2016 an open call was made to artists inviting them to attend a walking tour of Carlow town. This event was arranged to give those interested in the SITE WORKS strand, information on Carlow, its history and notable features. For Festival 2016 Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society will once again provide walking tours of Carlow town, exploring the architectural, ecclesiastical and medieval heritage of the town.
Clodagh Emoe Next to Boat Club, Barrow River, Carlow Town Park June 10-19 June 10am- 8pm Crocosmia is a group of individuals that were formed through a weekly gardening group in Spirasi, Dublin in August 2015. Spirasi is a humanitarian, intercultural, non-governmental organisation that works with asylum seekers, refugees and other disadvantaged migrant groups. In a sound piece by the River Barrow, voices from Crocosmia will be audible as they list objects and situations that remind them of home. This project can also be encountered in the galleries at VISUAL Carlow. Clodagh Emoe holds a PhD titled Exploring the Philosophical Character of Contemporary Art through a Post-Conceptual Practice from NCAD.
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Angela Fulcher The Orchard, Carlow College Friday 10 - Sun 19 June 11-5.30pm Late opening Thurs 16 and Friday 17 to 8pm Free Folded, ruched and draped amongst the apple trees, Angela Fulcher’s work responds to the environment of one of Carlow College’s hidden gardens. Angela Fulcher is a recipient of the Next Generation Bursary Award 2016, a special initiative of the Arts Council and the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.
Festival HQ Sat & Sun 2 3 4 and 5pm Free Join Fussy Galore in the fun of vintage hairstyles. Free demonstrations of how to get that vintage glamorous look in less than 10 minutes, bring your own comb and a few hair grips. Fussy will also show us how to wear your vintage scarves the way they did back in the day, “twelve ways with vintage scarves”. Watch Fussy dress her models from head to toe in vintage glamour.
Presented by Carlow Arts Festival & VISUAL VISUAL Sat/Sun 2-6pm Free Don’t judge a book by its cover… especially if they can talk. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers, a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. With library card in hand, readers meet their book, hear their tale and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience of discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library is an international movement that started in Denmark in the year 2000 and has since made its way through over 30 countries.
Abstracting the Arboretum A painting workshop with Cora Murphy Arboretum, Leighlinbridge 17/18 June 10am – 4pm 195 early bird 225 full price
Inspired by the Arboretum, this new 2 –Day painting workshop will help you respond to nature and create your own unique paintings. Open to absolute beginners and those with a little or a lot of experience.
Festival HQ, throughout the weekend, FREE SG Groovinrhythm is a DJ specializing in Vintage Music, creating the atmosphere of a 1920’s/1930’s Speakeasy, hear the dazzle of the Cotton Club fused with the dark exotica of the 40’s/50’s Burlesque scene.
Pop up Galleries Every year an intrepid band of artists from near and far independently colonise the nooks and crannies of Carlow town with pop-up galleries. Carlow Photographic Society with Exposure 13. Carlow Collage will explore storytelling using photo collages Map Location A: 11 Dublin St. Transplanted an exhibition of portraits by Nuala Grogan. Map Location B: 10 Dublin St. Blueprint is an artists network providing a platform for contemporary visual art, as well as performance, literature and other art forms. Map Location C: Bagenal Court. The Barrow Valley Art Group exhibition comprises works in oils, watercolour, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. Map Location D: St Mary’s Community House. Exhibition by Lily O’Rourke. Exhibition by Mary Brennan Exhibition by Sally Ashmore, Noreen Madden, Helen O’Meara & Abby Kehoe All at Map Location E: Carlow Cathedral Parish Centre
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FORM Designmade in Carlow will be showcasing multidisciplinary skills and introducing work from three new members. A Passion Shared by Lorraine Hayden, Pat Grassick & Mary Clare Nolan. Both at Map Location F: County Library. Exhibition by Attracta Carbery. Map Location G: Seven Oaks Hotel
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Spoken Word @ Borris House
NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR, THE BORRIS HOUSE FESTIVAL OF WRITING & IDEAS, THE SPOKEN WORD STRAND OF CARLOW ARTS FESTIVAL, WILL BRING TOGETHER FICTION WRITERS, HISTORIANS, JOURNALISTS, BROADCASTERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, WAR CORRESPONDENTS AND MUSICIANS FOR A RIVETING WEEKEND OF DIALOGUES AND DISCUSSION OVER THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 10TH - 12TH. OVER 70 SPEAKERS WILL DESCEND ON THE IDYLLIC AGRICULTURAL VILLAGE OF BORRIS, COUNTY CARLOW, FOR A THREE-DAY GATHERING DESIGNED TO INSPIRE POSITIVE CHANGE.
From grim tales of international warzones to 70s punk-scene anarchy, from Jack the Ripper (via Withnail & I) to a South London rapper’s first novel – yet firmly rooted in the literary world of Pulitzer and Booker royalty – this festival is dense with opportunity, and shot through with cultural curiosities. The festival has become known for its casual, languid atmosphere, and for its extraordinary line-up of speakers. It takes place in the breath-taking grounds of Borris House and spills out into the village around it. Tickets starting at €12 and are on sale via www.festivalofwritingandideas.com
SPONSORS / PARTNERS
KATE TEMPEST, MICHAEL CHABON, MARTIN AMIS, CHRISSIE HYNDE, LOYD GROSSMAN, DOMINIC W MCCULLIN, MARIELLA FROSTRUP, VIV ALBERTINE, WILLIAM DALRYMPLE, KAMILA SHAMSIE, SARA FREARS, SIMON CALLOW, ANJAN SUNDARAM, FINTAN O’TOOLE, LIA MILLS, AYELET WALDMAN, HAR JASON MCCUE, DANIELLE MCLAUGHLIN, SINÉAD GLEESON, GILES DULEY, ANDY MIDDLETON, SULAI HARDING, LUCY CALDWELL, GAVIN CORBETT, MARTIN HAYES, DAVID POWER, CONOR O’CLERY, OLIV O’RIORDAN,CLAIRE-LOUISE BENNETT, BRYAN BURROUGHS & MORE 08
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Festival Timetable #CAF 2016
Music, food, family fun
14 Graiguenamanagh/ Tinnahinch, 15 Goresbridge
Barges on the Barrow. Featuring Little John Nee (Sparkplug Callaghan) & Friends *
Carlow town park
Festival HQ Pavilion opening featuring SG Groovinrhythym
Party, DJ, live music, food village, craft beer, cocktails
Festival HQ Pavilion and grounds
Steve Maher - Follow me up to Carlow
SITE WORKS Visual Arts (Performance)
Carlow Castle Grounds
Grainne Mulvey - Reflections
Festival Launch, ART WORKS prizes
Tenner Thursday featuring Black Wing Bird, Treelan and BARQ
Festival HQ Pavilion
Loitering Theatre - Truffaut’s Code
FESTIVAL CLUB @ Tully’s Bar featuring Little John Nee
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
GB Shaw Theatre
Cora Murphy - Abstracting the Arboretumn *
Glen Austin/RTE Contempo - New Airs
St Mary’s Church
Festival HQ Pavilion
Happenings - Grease
Festival HQ Grounds
Aindreas de Stack - Man from Moogaga
Festival HQ Pavilion
FESTIVAL CLUB @ The Castle Tavern. Harbouring Oceans/Hawk/Maria Kelly
FESTIVAL OF WRITING AND IDEAS * - BORRIS 10-12 JUNE Festival of Writing and Ideas *
BARGES ON THE BARROW 14/15 JUNE Barges on the Barrow. Featuring Little John Nee (Sparkplug Callaghan) & Friends *
The Big Weekender - THURSDAY 16
The Big Weekender - FRIDAY 17
The Big Weekender - SATURDAY 18 Louise Swords - Clayotics *
Clayotic Modelling Workshop (Children)
Festival HQ Grounds
Fussy Galore - Victory Rolls *
Victory Rolls Hair w/shop
Festival HQ Grounds
Meet @ Gate Lodge, Carlow College
Irish Modern Dance Theatre - Heroes
Festival HQ Grounds
Pure Thinking/Aspiro/David Ayers - Note on a Wall
Human Library *
Breach & Quinn - SCORE
GB Shaw Theatre @VISUAL
Carlow Choral Society - Amadeus the Genius of Mozart
Foil Arms and Hog - Skiddlywup
Festival HQ Pavilion
Fidget Feet - Firebirds and Fireworks
Festival HQ grounds
Festival HQ Pavilion
FESTIVAL CLUB @ Carpe Diem
Music Generation Carlow - Early Childhood Music
Music Workshops Children
Festival HQ and Town
Bee in Your Bonnet
Tea Party for Kids
Festival HQ Grounds
Irish Modern Dance Theatre - Proclamation
Dublin Ukelele Collective
Festival HQ Pavilion
Catherine Ireton/Farnham Maltings (UK) - In Good Hands
Hair by Damien
Fiddles and Vittels - Sunday afternoon Hootenanny
Festival HQ Pavilion
The Guild of Great Ideas, curated by John MacKenna
Festival HQ Pavilion
Hothouse Flowers and Lisa Lambe
Festival HQ Pavilion
FESTIVAL CLUB@ Festival HQ Pavlilion
Festival HQ Pavilion
ART WORKS Exhibition
VISUAL & Carlow College
Clodagh Emoe - Crocosmia
SITE WORKS Visual Arts
Carlow Town Park
Angela Fulcher - Banner
SITE WORKS Visual Arts
The Orchard, Carlow College
Little ART WORKS
Children’s Art Workshops
The Big Weekender - SUNDAY 19
ALL WEEK 10 - 19 June
* on multple days
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TICKETS (+ BOOKING FEE)
from 6.30 each evening
FREE - All Welcome
9pm and 11pm
€10 for full evening
FREE limited and ticketed,
10am -4pm (also Sat 18)
€195 early bird. €225 full
1 /3pm (also Sun 2/4pm)
2pm/3pm/4pm/5pm (also Sun)
2pm (also Sun)
FREE booking required
FREE booking recommended
2-6pm (also Sunday)
10.30 11.30 12.30
3pm - 4pm
2pm 4pm 6pm
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Various - check web
11-5.30pm. Late Thurs and Fri 8pm
visualcarlow.ie for details
€2 per child
Roving Festival Club Late nights 16-19 June Join our travelling Festival Club as we visit some of Carlow’s finest night time locations, a different club for each night of the festival – late opening and free festival music. Come join us to continue the revelry into the small hours and meet your favourite acts. Tully’s Bar on Tullow Street kick off things with the extraordinary Little John Nee, a.k.a Sparkplug Callaghan on Thursday night. Move up the road to the Castle Tavern for Friday night antics featuring Harbouring Oceans, HAWK and Maria Kelly.
On Saturday night it’s a case of carpe diem at Carpe Diem Bar on Court Place. Sunday night we’re not leaving Festival HQ Pavilion. The party won’t stop on Sunday when Abandoman and the Hothouse Flowers leave the stage. Thank you: The Arts Council stuff and board, Averil Lawler, Fr Conn Ó Maoldhomhnaigh & Staff of Carlow College, Ann Mulrooney & staff of Visual Carlow, Kieran Comerford, Bernie O’Brien, Pat Harrington, Dan McInerney, Liam Fitzgerald, Sinead Dowling and all the staff of Carlow County Council, Noel Lennon, Anthony Kavanagh & Carlow Amenity Trust, Sgt. John Foley and the Garda Síochána, Ger Guerin and Carlow Fire Service, Carlow Civil Defence, Ross, Sinead & Liam Byrne, Carlow Men’s Shed, Michael Dundon, Mary Murphy, Catherine Darcy, Michael Woods, Annlouise O’Neill, Fr. John Dunphy, Eileen O’Rourke and team in Carlow Tourism, Rev Helen Oxley & Joy Searight & staff of St. Mary’s Church, Laura Byrne. Carlow Arts Festival would like to thank the following for their kind donations: Jim & Tina Behan, Keith Graham, John O’Sullivan, Thomas M. Byrne & Son Auctioneer, Sharon Murphy, Mario’s Take away Graigue Village, Douglas Jewellers, Bramleys Jewellers, Reddy of Carlow, The Road House Cafe, Cllr Brian O’Donoghue, Ronald J. Clery and Co., Lennon’s @ Visual, Sherwood’s, Allen’s, White’s Pharmacy, Dicey Reilly’s, Bernard Jennings, Tile N Style, Bowe Consulting Engineers, Cllr Jennifer Murnane, Karl McDonough, The Irishman’s, Red Setter Town House B&B, Supermacs Burrin Street, Dempsey’s Hardware, Michael Abbey, Fergal Brown, Brennan Butchers, Tullys Bar, Johnson’s Decoration Centre.
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A roving festival on the water, Barges on the Barrow is the ultimate unique, boutique small scale popup festival. Follow the barges as they wind their way from South Carlow to Carlow town. Bring a picnic to an encounter with boats, music sessions, riverside performances, walks, talks and food, with the Barrow River as the star of the show.
RIVER TOUR LOCATION MAP
Entertainment provided by:
Little John Nee (a.k.a) Sparkplug Callaghan and friends
As the Barrow makes her way through Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Laois and Kildare, we will be on the river connecting the spoken word element of Carlow Arts Fetival – the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas to The Big Weekender in Carlow Town.
Bring your boat, canoe, bike, picnics and swimming togs. Stop offs on the banks
Tuesday June 14th - 6.30pm Graiguenamanagh/Tinnahinch
Wednesday 15th - 6.30pm Gorebridge Thursday 16th - 6.30pm Carlow town
“THERE IS NOTHING – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING – HALF SO MUCH WORTH DOING AS SIMPLY MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS.”
Ratty, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
Little John Nee (a.k.a) Sparkplug Callaghan Known far and wide for his eccentric songs and strange stories Little John Nee in the guise of Sparkplug Callaghan takes to the Barrow on a barge in a most promising adventure the likes of which has not been seen since Humphrey Bogart sailed with Katherine Hepburn down the Ulanga River in “The African Queen”
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Tenner Thursday Festival HQ Pavilion
Grainne Mulvey Deighton Hall 7pm
For the opening of the Festival HQ Pavilion - a special treat: spend the full evening enjoying the music and atmosphere of our pop up food village and bar for a plain tenner.
Reflections showcases some of the works of composer Gráinne Mulvey’s musical compositions for instruments with fixed tape and fixed tape with visuals. The work is staged in collaboration with visual artists; Mihai Cucu and Marie Hanlon, the critically acclaimed Romanian poet Ciprian Macesaru, world-class guitarist John Feeley, renowned Romanian cellist and member of ConTempo String Quartet Adrian Mantu, soprano Elizabeth Hilliard - member of Chamber Choir Ireland, and the critically acclaimed contemporary specialist flautist Joe O’Farrell.
Black Wing Bird
Thursday 7pm Having released his debut album as Black Wing Bird earlier this year, former Dead Cat Bounce frontman James Walmsley comes to Carlow Arts Festival for the first time. Expect powerful, lyrical love songs with echoes of Cave, Cohen and Dylan. ‘Beautiful stuff ’, BBC Introducing.
Thursday 9pm Treelan is made up of Martin Tourish a member of traditional supergroup Altan, Éamonn Cagney Ireland’s premier hand drum percussionist, and Niwel Tsumbu one of Europe’s top guitarists. Together they bring their audiences on an uplifting and enlivening musical journey through many styles including Irish improvised music showcasing the virtuosity, creativity and cross-genre explorations of this high-calibre trio. With their very busy international schedules this is a concert not to be missed!
Thursday 11pm Hitting Carlow before their Body&Soul gig, brand new Alt-R&B band BARQ released their debut single Gentle Kind of Lies, in March 2016 and are currently preparing for the launch of their second single this coming May. BARQ are a high energy 4-piece, fronted by acclaimed vocalist Jess Kav.
Loitering Theatre The Brownshill Dolmen, Carlow 9.15pm Free. Booking required. Limited capacity Using a specially crafted Tone Organ inspired by the 70s ART blockbuster film Close Encounters of The Third Kind, Loitering Theatre invite you to come to a site on the dark side of the moon, to play the five tones. Join us at Carlow’s megalithic Brownshill Dolmen to experience a performance of light and sound as Loitering Theatre set the scene to contact whatever lies beyond this mysterious portal. Loitering Theatre is Caroline Campbell and Nina McGowan, sound design in collaboration with Phillip Stewart.
Close Encounters of The Third Kind Related event Film screening Directed by Stephen Spielberg VISUAL Carlow 11.30pm €5
Follow Me Up to Carlow
Steve Maher Carlow Castle 7pm Free
Follow Me Up To Carlow (2016) is a collaborative performance art work and temporary kinetic sculpture, questioning the notion of national identity and the myth of indigeneity. ART This performance art work features a customised bagpipe connected to the exhaust of a tractor via an insulated pipe. As the pollutant gas exits the exhaust of the tractor’s internal combustion engine it will fill the bagpipe which will begin to drone. The Pipe player collaborating in the production of this project will, with the aid of heat insulated gloves, use the Chanter of the bagpipe to perform.
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Open Air Cinema Grease
Festival HQ Doors from 9pm - screening starts when it is dark – 10ish €5 We are delighted to welcome Happenings to this year’s festival who will be screening the classic good vibes, sing along summer fun of Grease. People flock to Happenings screenings all over Ireland, it’s such a great way to bring people together under the stars. There is a leave no trace policy which means the audience take home their waste at the end. So grab a blanket, bring a picnic, your pals or the whole family and join us.
Festival HQ Pavilion 8:30 €15/€13 concessions David Kitt is back with a phenomenal solo show, performing many of his much-loved songs as well as new tracks from his eagerly awaited forthcoming seventh album - his first since 2009’s critically acclaimed The Nightsaver. A busy 2015 took the Dubliner to Body & Soul, Another Love Story, Other Voices and to Vicar Street’s stage with Jape in addition to a string of successful Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Belfast, Wexford and Limerick dates. The finale - a sold out Whelan’s show in Dublin -was a stunning musical journey throughout Kittser’s past, present and bright future. “The whole experience has been hypnotic. It’s great to have David Kitt back on stage with a guitar.” Goldenplec.com, Whelans Review
The Man from Moogaga Aindrias de Staic Festival HQ Pavilion 11.45pm €15/€13 concessions The Man from Mongaga is half seanchaí, half shaman, half ‘Fiddler of Dooney” with a whallop of Flann O’Brien thrown into the mix for good measure. This is a show about music, football, magic & mayhem bursting with entertainment and hilarity. Armed with only a fiddle, a loop pedal and an epic story, the characteristic magnetism of de Staic has repeatedly earned standing ovations and rave reviews all over the country and internationally. Catch de Staic, A.K.A. T-bone Shtax, when he jets in from his Canadian tour to signal the start of summer and treat Carlow to an extraordinary performance of this phenomenon. “Dangerously seductive…it would take a Rhino dart to quell the energy of this bloke” - Herald Sun. Melbourne
Glen Austin and RTE Contempo Quartet St Mary’s Church 7pm €19/€17 concessions Irish composer and music producer Glen Austin presents New Airs, a unique concert with RTÉ Contempo Quartet that unites the Classical music world with Irish rock and pop music from the last 30 years to the present day. RTÉ Contempo Quartet will be performing new arrangements of iconic songs by U2, Kodaline, The Script, Snow Patrol, Enya, Thin Lizzy, and Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (Once). “From the opening notes they were truly captivating… a fresh and vibrant gig that left the audience cheering and clapping and humming the songs all the way home.” No More Work Horse 15
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SCORE Breach & Quinn GB Shaw Theatre 7.00pm €16/€14 concessions An atmospheric, musically dazzling, smoky trip of a show, SCORE pays homage to Film Noir. Quinn is a desperate man in a situation he can’t control. There’s a woman, a fat man with alarmingly high-waisted trousers, and the subtle whiff of violence. Sit back. Open your eyes. Dream. The soundtrack for SCORE is played live onstage and for each performance the hypnotic and dangerous Lena is played by a Mystery Guest.
Fidget Feet Festival HQ,10pm, Free Sparks fly in a breathtaking finale Aerial circus, live music, fireworks and Fidget Feet’s magic all come together to create a new legend for our times – A Firebird is born. With a massive construction crane, seven aerial dancers flying overhead, a fire-performer and people walking up buildings, you’ll never look Carlow in the same way again! Aerial dancers leap into the air, an angel swoops over your head suspended from giant musical notes. Tribal drummers thump out a beat and a fire performer blazes a path through the air. This is a myth in the making, that will leave you breathless. Firebirds closed the international Festival de las Artes in Costa Rica to more than 9000 people and in 2015 was the opening act for Cervantino Arts Festival in Mexico. Legends can happen. Be a part of it.
AMADEUS: The Genius of Mozart Carlow Choral Society Carlow Cathedral 8pm €20 Carlow Choral Society presents a concert of Mozart works featuring the magnificent Great Mass in C Minor as its centerpiece and Regina Coeli and Exultate Jubilate. Following hugely successful performances of Carl Orff ’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight, Carlow Choral Society returns to the festival with the Irish Choral Sinfonia and a lineup of Ireland’s finest soloists. Sylvia O’Brien, Lynda Lee, Owen Gilhooly, Tristan Caldwell. Conductor Niall Kinsella
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Le Galaxie DJs Festival HQ Pavilion 11:15pm €8 Le Galaxie DJs amazing sound-system concept Laser Disco Night at Electric Picnic 2014 saw the electro outfit pack over 8,000 revellers into their tent for pounding techno rhythms, shimmering cyber-synths and a sci-fi inspired electronica light show. These Dubliners have since lifted the roof off packed tents at Longitude, Body & Soul and Indiependence.
SkiddlyWup Foil Arms and Hog Festival HQ Pavilion 8pm €15/€13 concessions
Note on a wall Curated by Connie Byrne and the Pure Thinking group College Street 5pm FREE The Pure Thinking community arts group endeavour to turn a sleepy building lying in the shadows of a majestic cathedral into an exterior that sings... Inspired by the history of the building, this project will work with a collection of Carlovians. A specially composed piece by David Ayers and Brian Glynn will grace the facade of the “glor ceatharlach” building, inspiring singers from Aspiro and musicians under the direction of Mary Amond O’ Brien, celebrating the unveiling of the work by artist Donough O’Brien. Graphic design by Paul Byrne. Assisted by Carlow Regional Youth Services. Hope is a thing that sings...
Ireland’s top comedy trio tour the country this spring following sell out runs at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe festivals. With over 4 million hits on YouTube, five exclusives on American comedy website Funny or Die and an endorsement from Rowan Atkinson, Foil Arms and Hog are one of the country’s finest comedy prospects. In their new show SkiddlyWup, they present their most critically acclaimed show to date, showcasing a delicious blend of bizarre, surreal and hilarious comedy scenes with outrageous characters and unexpected twists. ★★★★★The Irish Times - ‘The comedy sketch trio have never lost their original flavour...In Skiddlywup, they’re masterful on stage’ “Pure Brilliant” – Tommy Tiernan
Irish Modern Dance Theatre Deighton Hall 3pm, Free John Scott Choreographer/Operatic tenor, creates a solo, using the universe of German operatic heroes: Beethoven’s Fidelio, Wagner’s Die Walkure and Siegfried, Scott creates a solo, attempting to show two selves, personal and mythological. The music portrays heroes battling impossible dark forces and conquering darkness paralleled with the idea of escape. 17
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Bee in Your Bonnet
Festival HQ Pavilion 9.30pm €28.50/€25 concessions
Tea Party for kids Festival HQ 2pm Free
Hothouse Flowers came out of tough times. They played the streets and brought the streets to the stages of the world. They continue to tour venues across the country and further afield. There is an unpredictable energy in the band that harkens back to the “Risk” days. They call upon their grand repertoire to create a show that is unique to the time and place. No two shows are the same. Improvisation can come at any point and allow the men express their brightest and their darkest influences. “Rock and Roll is not about safety or politeness, it is not about perfection either. It is expression and it is spirit.” Humour is also never far from a Hothouse Flowers night. They do not take themselves seriously, however there is no mistaking the musical integrity among them as they open up to each other in musical dialogue.
Wear your finest hats in the park on Sunday. Make a hat or decorate one. Bring a touch of fun glamour and imagination to the Mad Hatters Tea Party. Think Easter bonnets, top hats, flat caps and wild heads. Find us on the picnic blankets for music, storytelling and fun.
The Dublin Ukulele Collective Festival HQ 3pm, Free
The Dublin Ukulele Collective is a fifty-strong band with high feel-good factor. Members range from seventeen up to seventy, rocking songs reflecting this age span. Expect an upbeat, fun, harmonised nostalgia trip past Elbow, Coldplay, Talking Heads, Amy Winehouse, Erasure, Leonard Cohen, Jason Mraz and beyond.
Lisa Lambe Irish actress and singer Lisa Lambe’s debut solo album Hiding Away was an RTE Radio 1 Album of the Week. Recent live dates include Dublin’s Whelan’s Main Stage, The Sugar Club, the Mick Lally Theatre Galway, Coughlan’s Live Cork, the Set Theatre Kilkenny. “Lambe’s relaxed vocal style shines through….faintly jazzy and sumptuously melodic…it is the kind of late night radio friendly fare that made Norah Jones a star.” – Hot Press
Festival HQ Pavilion 7.30pm €15/€13 concessions Abandoman, Ireland’s top comedy hip hop improvisers are coming to Carlow Arts Festival! Using their trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, they’ll take you on a magical journey, transforming your likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales. Join the musical party starring you, the audience. Winners Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Musical Comedy Awards and the Adelaide Fringe Festival “Best Comedy - Newcomer” awards, ‘Flight of the Concords meets 8 Mile’ ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk) ‘Killer punchlines. Note-perfect, lyrically mind-blowing hip hop improv. Genius!’ (Stage). ‘Outrageously sharp wit’ **** (Edinburgh Evening News). 18
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In Good Hands Catherine Ireton/Farnham Maltings (UK) Hair by Damien, Castle Street 2pm 4pm 6pm €16/€14 concessions Take a seat, would you like a cup of tea, a magazine while you’re waiting? Don’t worry you’re In Good Hands, a small hair salon on the Ennis Road in Ballybraken where people come for the cut and stay for the chats. Performed in a working hair-salon, we invite you to join hairdresser Julie for a 60-minute appointment of original songs and stories celebrating everyday intimacy, loneliness and our human need to connect. “If Catherine Ireton performs any kind of show at a venue near you buy a ticket and go see it.” – Guide2Brighton on What is it about that night?★★★★★
The Lovesick Poachers
Fiddles n’ Vittles Sunday Hootenanny Festival HQ Pavilion 4.30pm €20/€18 concessions For the last day of the Carlow Arts Festival, 3 top bands and entertainers will be getting the party started early - blowing the roof off the Pavilion with two hours of non-stop, goodtime summer tunes. • Fans of Adventure, featuring Gala Hutton, will be performing their fresh and insanely catchy Indie pop. • The David Ayers Quartet will be laying down the cool Blues and hot Jazz and Soul that they do so well. • Much loved local favourites Tumbling Dice bring the Rock AND the Roll to really set this shindig on fire. Without missing a beat, in keeping with the true Hootenanny spirit, all the performers and special guests will then play and sing a rollicking medley of Fiddles n’ Vittles classic songs to bring the show to an exciting close and leave you grinning from ear to ear. Everyone is invited to come along and sing, dance, eat, drink and be merry. The Fiddles n’ Vittles Sunday Hootenanny is one party you won’t want to miss!
Festival HQ – someplace, sometime Gamekeepers aren’t the only ones with feelings. On the vast estates of the big houses of Ireland a broken heart is just extra baggage when you’re trying to outwit both man and beast by just the light of the moon. A pair of unlikely troubadours will serenade you when you least expect it, armed with soulful melodies and a twinkle in the eye.
Proclamation Irish Modern Dance Theatre VISUAL All afternoon. Free Choreographer John Scott and multimedia/ interdisciplinary Artist Jason Akira Somma’s stunning film places Pearse’s Proclamation in the current migration crisis. In a dreamscape of water as a place of birth, memory, dreams, death, travel, Proclamation fragments are danced, gasped, spoken by six ethnically diverse dancers “cherishing all of the children”
Music Generation Carlow Workshops
The Guild of Great Ideas Deighton Hall 7pm €15/€13 concessions A laid-back, cabaret style performance curated by writer John MacKenna, featuring poet Julie O’Callaghan, songwriters Kevin Doherty and David Donohue, and writer/ actor/comic Joe Taylor. Sit back and be entertained through the music, poems, wry observations and bellyaching laughter of the Guild of Great Ideas.
VISUAL 10.30am (0-1yrs) 11.30am (1-2yrs) 12.30pm (2-3yrs) €8 per child Music, movement, singing, actions, puppetry, listening and playing instruments all help with many aspects of physical, mental and social development and it’s FUN too! These classes will give the opportunity for carers and children to come together to make music in a relaxed environment. All children should be accompanied by an adult who stays with them for the duartion of the workshop. Classes are limited to 10 children and their carers, pre booking is essential. 19
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