KALEIDOSCOPE IS COMING
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.