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Arts festival to draw in huge crowds

THRONGS are expected to descend on Kilmainham for the historic district's first arts festival.

The event, which takes place on September 3 and 4, is to become an annual celebration and has grown from the success of the Kilmainham Arts Club.

The club was set up last September and is a monthly arts event held in Kilmainham's Patriots Inn.

It showcases artists, both local and from further afield, allowing them to present their work to an audience.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen, will officially open the festival on September 3 in the Patriots.

Dublin City Council, which supports the event, said it "will provide a feast of exciting artistic events, as well as workshops in dance, drama, song, and art for adults and children".


The local authority said: "Saturday will see Kilmainham come alive with 'art on the rails', an outdoor exhibition of art by local groups and contributing artists.

"Photographic exhibitions, film screenings by Irish filmmakers and drama productions will be held in the Hilton Hotel."

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), located in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, "opens up for a bring-and-share picnic with children's activities and Gypsy Jazz music".

Meanwhile, the Kilmainham courthouse plaza "will transform into a stage for a busking competition with cash prize, performances of dance and music, and street theatre enacting ancient mythology, directed by Dougal Hazel".

Live music is to be provided by many performers including The Bree Harris Band, T-Bone and Stillhouse.

The council said: "Highlights include Simon Toal's critically acclaimed one-man show The Friends Of Jack Kairo."

It added: "There will also be a strong interactive element to the festival with a large-scale collective arts project with public participation and vibrant street performances. There will also be a live music ceili on Saturday afternoon."

General access to the event is free but there is a suggested donation to some events, while workshops may have a small cover charge.