Car­toon Fes­ti­val re­turns this month

BUMPER LINE-UP TO MARK 25TH AN­NIVER­SARY OF FIRST FES­TI­VAL IN 1992

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

THE Fa­mous In­ter­na­tional Car­toon Fes­ti­val re­turns to Rath­drum at the end of the month 25 years and one month af­ter it was first staged.

Renowned car­toon­ists, the late Terry Willers along with fel­low car­toon­ist Mar­tyn Turner and a group of lo­cal vol­un­teers started the first In­ter­na­tional Car­toon Fes­ti­val in Rath­drum.

The fes­ti­val ran for six years, start­ing in 1992 and grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity year on year, and was con­sid­ered the best Car­toon Fes­ti­val in Europe by many of the car­toon­ists at­tend­ing it from all the cor­ners of the world.

The fes­ti­val will get a new lease of life as it runs once again on July 29 and July 30.

A lot of the old faces like Tom Halliday, Tim Leatherbar­row, Guy Carter, Greame Keyes will be in at­ten­dance plus many more. For all you 2000AD fans, Michael Car­roll will be hold­ing a num­ber of work­shops on script writ­ing. The ex­hi­bi­tion of their work will be open all week­end.

A def­i­nite must see will the ‘ Re­mem­ber­ing Terry Willers’ ex­hi­bi­tion which will run through­out the week­end sit­u­ated above Cen­tra on the Main Street. It prom­ises to be very en­ter­tain­ing and might even rekin­dle old me­mories of po­lit­i­cal dra­mas and cul­tural events cov­ered by Terry in his unique way over his 60 year plus ca­reer.

There will be nu­mer­ous work­shops in- clud­ing a phone-doc­u­men­tary workshop with Eleanor Man­ion of RTE run­ning over two days.

Brown Bag films will be hold­ing a num­ber of an­i­ma­tion work­shops.

A gala con­cert will take place in St. Saviours church on Thurs­day, July 27, at 7.30 p.m. with mu­sic from Liam and James Kin­sella plus guests.

Those seek­ing more mu­sic should head to the square where acts such as Big Dig­ger, Paddy Byrne, Ricky Young and many more will per­form for the du­ra­tion of the week­end.

There will be a busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day for all you aspir­ing mu­si­cians so dust of those mu­si­cal in­stru­ments start prac­tis­ing those vocal ex­er­cises.

The of­fi­cial open­ing takes place at noon on Satur­day, July 29, fol­lowed by a cook­ing demon­stra­tion by TV3’s Bur­lesque Baker in the square.

Sun­day, July 30, will also be jam-packed with ac­tiv­i­ties the high­lights in­clude the Car­i­ca­ture face off in the square.

There will also be the very first TriRath-lon which will chal­lenge the com­peti­tors both men­tally and phys­i­cally.

The fi­nale of the fes­ti­val will be the fire­works dis­play kindly moved for­ward from its nor­mal date by the RDA with mu­sic by The Bandits.

Guest should keep a look out for the limited edi­tion 25 th an­niver­sary T-shirts which will be avail­able to buy prior to the fes­ti­val from the Wise Owl and Cen­tra on the Main Street.

The late Terry Willers, one of the founders of the fes­ti­val back in 1992.

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