The Kinsale Arts Festival has been running since September 19 in the picturesque Cork seaside town, but this weekend promises some of the highlights of the week.
Among the attractions are singer Lisa O'Neill, a robot workshop for kids, a food fight, and the Sweat Oratory. which is exactly what you think it is!
Cavan native Lisa O’Neill is a star on the rise in the folk and traditional Irish music scene. Her second album Same Cloth Or Not, was recorded in Wicklow during the winter months with David Kitt producing and Karl Oldum engineering.
The album also includes her band Stina Sandstrom (vocals) and Mossy Nolan (bouzouki) and some wonderful interventions from London-based string duo Geese (Emma Smith and Vincent Sipprell). Lisa will perform at St. Multose Church on Saturday September 27 at 8.30pm. Tickets €16.
For those of you who would love a garden but have limited space, Chelsea Flower Show winner Mary Reynolds will be hosting a workshop on Friday September 26 at 3pm (€12) on how to make the most of a small plot.
Children can partake in Robo Slam, a build-your-own-robot workshop hosted by CoderDoJo on Saturday (€15). Participants will learn elements of electronic engineering alongside software programming and you can take your robot home at the end of the day.
The festival will wrap up with a free food fight on Sunday. Hunt and Darton will host workshops to 'train you in the true art of food fighting' whatever that may be, and someone will be crowned ultimate champion.
Food fight aside, one of the most intriguing offerings of the festivla is the Sweat Oratory, "a space for people of all ages to come together, relax and sweat it out".
It's based on the little known tradition of the Irish sweathouse and is designed by London practice Something and Son.
An eighteenth century cave-like forerunner to the modern sauna, sweathouses were considered a cure for numerous ailments, providing those living in remote locations with a means to keep warm in the winter.
Perhaps surprisingly, Ireland has a long spa tradition – a tradition associated not with luxury, but with health, healing and social interaction. Bring a towel and a bottle of water. Opens 10am.
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