Wicklow People (West Edition) - - WHAT’S ON -

AF­TER months and months of plan­ning, Ire­land’s new­est fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val will swing open its gates in Bless­ing­ton this week­end.

Kalei­do­scope Fes­ti­val will pro­vide three days of high en­ergy, full-colour, multi-stage en­ter­tain­ment across 16 stages, en­sur­ing there will be some­thing to in­ter­est, en­tice and en­thral au­di­ence mem­bers of all ages.

Gates will open for the mu­sic and arts fes­ti­val at 9 a.m. on Fri­day, June 28, and there will be a jam-packed sched­ule from early that day un­til Tom Odell closes the fes­ti­val on Sun­day night.

The mu­si­cal of­fer­ing on Fri­day will come from Rothwell, Si­ights, Eve Bell, Flynn, Saar­loos, Orla Gart­land, King Kong Com­pany, Ryan Sheri­dan and Her­mitage Green be­fore peren­nial Ir­ish favourites Bell X1 close the show.

On Satur­day, Imelda May will be the head­line act and tops a bill that in­cludes Bless­ing­ton na­tive Josh Gray, Laoise, Fiona Harte, Thumper, Tou­can, Sor­cha Richard­son, Ruthanne, Le Galaxie, Kíla, Brave Giant and Rip­tide Move­ment.

Sun­day’s mu­si­cal line-up brings Wick­low in­ter­est on the dou­ble with both Sean and Conor Price and Wyvern Lingo tak­ing to the stage. Join­ing them will be Some­body’s Child, Ryan Mack, Thanks Brother, Dublin Gospel Choir, Lisa McHugh, Kor­mac, Wick­low Youth and Deloren­tos be­fore head­liner Tom Odell brings the cur­tain down on the fes­ti­val.

Mu­sic on the main stage and Zoz­imus Stages be­gins at 3 p.m. on Fri­day and 1 p.m. on Satur­day and Sun­day, with the head­lin­ers tak­ing to the stage at 8.45 p.m. each night.

In ad­di­tion, the Jerry Fish Elec­tric Sideshow stage will wel­come The Frank and Wal­ters, Natty Wailer, Stomp­town Brass, Jack O’Rourke, Crow Black Chicken, Mon­tauk Ho­tel, Jimmy’s Cousin and plenty more qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing the course of the week­end.

Brian McDermott – Di­rec­tor of Event Fuel is host­ing the event while Eric Blatchford, CEO of Russ­bor­ough House, is de­lighted to be in­volved.

Eric said: ‘‘We love the vi­sion the or­gan­is­ers have for Kalei­do­scope, it is a per­fect fit for Russ­bor­ough. It is a first for us and we can­not wait to show­case our es­tate to a new au­di­ence.’ Brian McDermott, Di­rec­tor of Event Fuel, feels Russ­bor­ough makes for the per­fect venue.

‘The Russ­bor­ough site is an in­cred­i­ble space and will lend it­self to a per­fect site for fam­i­lies. We are re­ally pleased to be work­ing with Eric and his team. Any­one who knows the venue will re­ally look for­ward to at­tend­ing Kalei­do­scope.’

Be­sides the six stages of live mu­sic and DJs, the fes­ti­val will also have ten stages of spo­ken word and work­shops. Among those who will take part in the spo­ken word pro­gramme for grownups on Satur­day are au­thors Emer MyLysaght and Sarah Breen, Imelda May and Jerry Fish, Paul Young of Car­toon Saloon and To­day FM’s Ali­son Cur­tis. On Sun­day, colum­nist (and lo­cal lady) Larissa Nolan will re­view the Sun­day pa­pers with a panel of spe­cial guests, poet Em­met Kir­wan and Jerry Fish will chew the cud, co­me­dian and broad­caster Colm O’Re­gan will dis­cuss his first novel, and Paddy Cul­li­van will ex­plain ‘The Joy of Brex’.

The younger fes­ti­val-go­ers will be in­vited to let their minds wan­der and their cre­ativ­ity ex­plode in Won­der­land.

Boast­ing eight stages, work­shops and in­spi­ra­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, there will be plenty to keep the young (and not so young) mem­bers of the fam­ily oc­cu­pied through­out the week­end.

Won­der­land takes place in two lo­ca­tions.

Won­der­land in the Woods, which is geared to­wards chil­dren aged four to ten years, is set in wood­land and re­quires a bit of an ad­ven­ture to get to as the lit­tle ones must cross a mag­i­cal red Ja­panese foot­bridge to ar­rive on the whim­si­cal Lady Beit Is­land, which is sur­rounded by the tallest and rarest trees on the Russ­bor­ough es­tate. Won­der­land in the Walled Gar­den is de­signed to en­ter­tain and ed­u­cate those a lit­tle older (ten to 16 years) and in­cludes ev­ery­thing from pho­tog­ra­phy, an­i­ma­tion and film work­shops to story book clin­ics and writ­ing and more.

There will be four stages in each area: sto­ry­telling, cre­ativ­ity, work­shops and sci­ence, his­tory and na­ture in the younger zone and cre­ativ­ity, sto­ry­telling, work­shops and em­pow­er­ment in the older area.

Chil­dren and young adults are en­cour­aged to pack their sketch­books, note­books, pens, pen­cils and cam­eras and dive into the art and pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops tak­ing place across the week­end.

Won­der­land’s demos, talks and work­shops will be led by a huge va­ri­ety of artists in­clud­ing: Aga Grandow­icz, Al Mur­phy, Andy Re­menter, Aoife Doo­ley, Boys & Girls, Cian Ryan, Deirdre Breen, De­sign Part­ners, Ian An­der­son TDR, ICAD, Izzy Wheels, Jon Burg­er­man, Mack Signs, Morag My­er­scough, Richard­sDee, Signs of Power, WhyDe­sign and many more. Linda Brown­lee, An­nie Collinge and Evan Do­herty will be among those lead­ing pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops, while the tal­ented teams from Dig­i­tal Beast, Moth­er­land and Car­toon Saloon will be there to in­spire and en­cour­age as­pir­ing film mak­ers and an­i­ma­tion afi­ciona­dos alike.

Chil­dren’s Books Ire­land will be host­ing story book clin­ics along with a plethora of au­thors and cre­ative spir­its while book­worms of all makes are sure to find some­thing they love in the range of talks, work­shops and hands-on tute­lage.

Coder Dojo, the Sci­ence Gallery, Ex­plo­rium, cryp­to­zo­ol­o­gist Dr Mick Marmaduke and nu­tri­tion guru Alan Flana­gan will also be cap­tur­ing the imag­i­na­tion over the week­end, while na­ture-fo­cused talks and work­shops will in­clude con­trib­u­tors rang­ing from Diar­muid Gavin, to The Up­cy­cle Move­ment and eco-con­scious womenswear brand Zoe Carol.

Tiny tots will be catered for in the Rumple­dum­pus tent, which will of­fer an ar­ray of gen­tle en­ter­tain­ments suit­able for the whole fam­ily with a fo­cus on the top­pling tod­dlers and bab­bling ba­bies. Mu­si­cian Shane McGrath will host an in­ter­ac­tive Teddy Bears’ Pic­nic Play and Sin­ga­long. Tiny guests can also learn to play an ar­ray of gongs, bells and xy­lo­phones with work­shops by the Na­tional Con­cert Hall’s Ja­vanese Game­lan Orches­tra or bop away at the baby disco, baby rave or kids disco. Chil­dren tak­ing part in Rumple­dum­pus and Won­der­land ac­tiv­i­ties must be ac­com­pa­nied by a re­spon­si­ble adult at all times. Tick­ets for Kalei­do­scope Fes­ti­val are still avail­able, visit www.kalei­do­scope­fes­ti­val.ie for more in­for­ma­tion.

Bell X1 will per­form on Fri­day.

Imelda May will play on Satur­day.

Tom Odell will head­line Sun­day.

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