Smokin’ launch for 6th edition of KFest
FRIDAY night at O’Shea’s Bar, Killorglin, marked the launch of the KFest 2018 programme where a barbecue and DJ sounds helped kick-off another exciting festival which takes place from June 1-4. This is the sixth year of KFest and last year’s event alone managed to attract close to 10,000 visitors to the town which is kudos to the festival’s expanding reputation.
Over 50 events are scheduled to take place in a weekend that is a stunning compliment to the arts and to local talent which is given an opportunity to showcase itself. The Gallery Trail will once again breathe new life into Killorglin’s vacant buildings which are wonderfully re-born into bespoke pop-up design galleries of varying dimensions.
“Each year we seem to refine ourselves a little more and focus in on who we are and what we’re trying to achieve as a festival. The launch party was a very entertaining and fun evening,” said Penny Dahl of KFest.
Music is a staple of the festival and this year sees the likes of Le Boom, Emma Langford, Ocelots, Vulpynes, and Eve Bell which is a sample of what visitors to Killorglin can expect. The Poetry Brothel is also not to be missed as musicians, burlesque dancers, body painters, drag queens, magicians, aerial acrobats, and tarot card readers bring poetry to a whole other stage. Prism Ensemble will also combine some of the lesser known pieces by musicians like Mahler and Beethoven, alongside movements from the Dumky Trio by Dvorak.
“Every year we try to expand a little and to improve KFest in terms of quality. We’ve really tightened up our selection process which is reflected in the quality of our programme. This year we have the likes of Jim Sheridan coming to Killorglin which is huge. We have some exciting artists and they are taking a chance on us as much as KFest is taking a chance on them,” Penny added.
Local residents and committee members at the launch of K-Fest in O’Shea’s Bar and Beer Garden, Killorglin on Friday.