37th Dunlavin Festival of Arts takes place this weekend
THE Dunlavin Festival of Arts has a busy schedule of events with something for everyone. The annual event is back for its 37 th year with exhibitions, street theatre, workshops and music throughout the weekend.
The art exhibitions will be officially opened on Friday, June 21, at 7.30 p.m. in the Market House by local award-winning writer Robert Barrett. There will also be live music on the evening from Dorly O’Sullivan and Phil Callery.
This year, there are 12 exhibitions from a selection of professional and emerging artists. Shay O’Byrne and Martin Gale, who have both won awards from the Royal Hibernian Academy, will have works on display over the weekend. Painter and printmaker Sarah Rogers’s exhibition will be featured at the Dunlavin garda station in a solo show.
Saturday, June 22 offers many treats for drama lovers. ‘Decisions, Decisions’, presented by Grangebeg Camphill Theatre, will be staged at St Nicholas’ Church at 2 p.m. Members of Grangebeg Camphill Community will perform a short selection of plays and sketches devised around the theme of decisions in daily life.
‘Overheard in An Lar’, a new play written by Dunlavin locals Andrew Buchanan and Nick Bryson, will premiere at 4 p.m. when the writers will be joined by Signe Dempelsone to present this work set in the local café, An Lar. The play is about two brothers who are brought back together by financial need after very different life choices.
One of the highlights this year is expected to be a performance by St Agnes’ Chamber Orchestra from Crumlin, County Dublin. The concert takes place on Saturday, June 22 in St Nicholas Church from 8 p.m.
Trapeze act Tumble Circus will entertain families on the Dunlavin Green on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. All are very welcome to attend.