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Kinsale Arts Festival

7th Jul 2012 - 15th Jun 2012

The programme features Local, National, and International work, and includes Visual Art, Theatre, Music, Literature, Film, Dance, Architecture, and Family Entertainment. There is a keen emphasis on community involvement in the festival with many community members engaged in year-round festival projects as well as volunteering at festival time. Local artists also have the opportunity to showcase their work. The Festival seeks to use all possible performance spaces in the historic town including the harbour, the streets, boats, churches and other unusual spaces. The audience at home and from abroad are invited to expect the extraordinary and celebrate creativity.


Events taking place at this festival

  • Doireann Ní Ghrioghair This is a free event

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    21st Aug 2014 (Thu) - 27th Sep 2014 (Sat)

    Kingdom Come takes the debris of redundant, toppled historical monuments and imbues them with bright, lurid pinks, yellows, greens, blues and the gaudiness and synthetics of consumer capitalism. Obelisks, columns and plinths are embedded in the aesthetic language of power and control. Re-imagined here, they become shaky, ridiculous totems to a precarious empire; their potency suffused with frivolousness and flippancy. The solemn austerity of pompous tyrants is disrupted with playfulness and pleasure and the monuments are denied their heroic autonomy. More

  • Kathy Prendergast This is a free event

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    19th Sep 2014 (Fri) - 28th Sep 2014 (Sun)

    An artist of quiet but immense sophistication, Kathy Prendergast’s work has persistently revolved around a potent cluster of issues chief among which are sexuality, identity, landscape, mapping and power. Kinsale Arts Festival is proud to present this solo show of recent and existing works, providing a survey of her past work and future directions. Prendergast burst on to the international scene at the 1995 Venice Biennale with delicate maps of the world’s capitals. Her drawings of all the world’s lakes and rivers reduce explicit geography to seemingly random marks, and delicate, emotional sculptures created from human hair, rocks and bronze are part of her diverse practice. More

  • Now Wakes the Sea This is a free event

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    19th Sep 2014 (Fri) - 28th Sep 2014 (Sun)

    Now Wakes The Sea is Kinsale Arts Festival’s annual open submission exhibition for contemporary visual artists, established to provide an international platform for emerging practitioners. Exhibiting artists are selected by an independent panel, which for 2014 included artist Kathy Prendergast, Ingrid Swenson (PEER UK), Helen Carey (Limerick City Gallery of Art) and Trish Brennan (Head of Fine Art and Applied Art, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design). An overall winner will be selected for the Now Wakes Award, receiving a solo show at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, to run concurrently with the 2015 festival. More

  • Quantum Foam This is a free event

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    19th Sep 2014 (Fri) - 28th Sep 2014 (Sun)

    Quantum Foam is the first solo exhibition in the Republic of Ireland by artist Mel Brimfield. Operating at the intersection of live art, theatre and film, Brimfield’s practice takes a skewed and tangled romp through the already vexed historiography of performance. n this series of film installations for Kinsale Arts Festival, the gallery is posited as a stage, with projection screens standing in for actors engaged in broken cyclical Beckettian dialogues. The exhibition includes the international premiere of the title work Quantum Foam, which takes Harold Pinter’s recurring milieu of choice, the isolated room, as a key reference point. The piece contrives to articulate the gallery space as a hotly contested mutable territory. Delivered by a virtuoso solo performer, multiple realities are verbally conjured and systematically dismantled at a dizzying rate of knots by an array of characters. More

  • Ruth Lyons This is a free event

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    19th Sep 2014 (Fri) - 28th Sep 2014 (Sun)

    A multidimensional art work in Kinsale Harbour, The Pinking on Sea is a circular configuration of floating pink buoys seen from above, a presence both on the surface of and under the sea. The depths of the bay and the submarine architecture that holds the buoys in place will be revealed within the town in a projection of underwater video footage, installed in the shaft of a wishing well. More

  • This Is Not My Voice Speaking

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    19th Sep 2014 (Fri) - 28th Sep 2014 (Sun)

    The audience, re-named One and Zero, enter a dark room and find it filled with devices: a turntable, a slide projector, a 16mm film. Digital tourists in an analogue arcade, One and Zero are led through this interactive installation by a guide that alternates between human voice, written manual and recordable media. This Is Not My Voice Speaking is a playful, hands-on theatre experience for two to four people at a time. By following a simple set of instructions, the audience collaborates with a series of machines – and each other – to perform the piece themselves. A hilarious and impossible relationship is attempted between the audienceperformer, digital technology and the human voice. In the pressing of a button or the dragging of a finger to slow a record, the audienceperformer will find themselves closer to the clumsiness and limitations of their own not-so-digital bodies. This Is Not My Voice Speaking considers the phenomenon of recorded voices and images and asks how our relationship to them is changing. More

  • How These Desperate Men Talk

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    19th Sep 2014 (Fri) - 27th Sep 2014 (Sat)

    Director – Pat Kiernan Associate Directors – Peter Power and David Duffy Sound Design – Eat My Noise John and Dave are dissecting the details of a childhood memory in search of the truth. But why? What act has led them here, to this point? And what are the consequences of finding it? Hailed by The Guardian as ‘a truly original theatrical voice’, Enda Walsh (Ballyturk, Bedbound, Misterman) is a multi award winning Irish playwright. Written in 2004, this is the Irish premiere of his short play How These Desperate Men Talk. Corcadorca first worked with Walsh in the mid nineties, producing his critically acclaimed play Disco Pigs, directed by Pat Kiernan, which toured internationally. This co-production marks the company’s first large scale site specific show in six years, and their first creative collaboration with composition and sound artists Eat My Noise, played out late at night inside an industrial metal perforation factory. More

  • Heather and Ivan Morison This is a free event

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    20th Sep 2014 (Sat) - 28th Sep 2014 (Sun)

    Ten oak letters ignite the skyline at James Fort. Showing in Ireland for the first time with a new commission for Kinsale Arts Festival, this installation from Heather and Ivan Morison will announce the opening of the 2014 festival in spectacular fashion, with the ruins remaining at the fort for the duration. Renowned for their extraordinary one-off happenings and large-scale sculptural installations, Heather and Ivan’s work is created from narratives that contain their signature style of historical facts and fiction drawn from science fiction and the natural world. They have exhibited widely including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The Barbican and the 52nd Venice Biennale, where they represented Wales. Recent shows include Anna, The Hepworth Gallery 2012; Sleepers Aware, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and recent work in Oslo, Unity of Will a permanent work commissioned by Situations for Bjorvika, Oslo 2016. More

  • Artist Trail Bus Tour

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    20th Sep 2014 (Sat) - 28th Sep 2014 (Sun)

    Take in the Kinsale galleries over one day on the festival bus tour – including a stop for lunch at your leisure. More

  • Blackrock Castle Observatory – The Space For Science presents StarDome

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    20th Sep 2014 (Sat) - 20th Sep 2014 (Sat)

    Discover the wonders of the night sky in the glorious daytime, deep inside this unique portable planetarium. Situated in an indoor space, this inflatable dome will transport adults and children alike to a whole new universe. StarDome is an astronomy tool on the road in Ireland, presented in association with the European Space Education and Resource Office. More

  • The Breakfast Review

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    20th Sep 2014 (Sat) from 11:30 - 12:30

    Seb Emina is British writer and author of The Breakfast Bible, a breakfasters’ compendium of recipes, essays and miscellany – shortlisted for Food Book of the Year in the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2014. As previous captain of digital operations for Artangel, Seb has also worked with many notable contemporary artists including James Bridle, Ryan Gander and Caryl Phillips. Currently working on his second book, his writing has appeared in The Guardian, Fantastic Man, Esquire, Vice and The Times. He’s currently based in Paris, has a few sidelines and should probably make a proper website. Breakfast is writer and journalist Gemma Tipton’s favourite meal of the day – when she’s awake enough to enjoy it. Gemma writes on art and architecture for The Irish Times, as well as Frieze Magazine and Artforum.com. She also contributes regularly to radio and TV. Gemma was Guest Artistic Director at Kinsale Arts Festival for two years, before going back to her second love, writing. More

  • September in the Square This is a free event

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    20th Sep 2014 (Sat) - 28th Sep 2014 (Sun)

    A programme of family events over both weekends of the festival, celebrating science, technology and the environment – many of which are completely free. More

  • A Story of Children and Film

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    20th Sep 2014 (Sat) from 14:00 - 15:06

    Following The Story of Film: An Odyssey, filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins has created a companion piece full of his trademark passion and knowledge as he examines differing representations of children throughout the international history of cinema. Inspired by the reactions of his young niece and nephew to being filmed while visiting his flat, Cousins takes their changing moods as the starting points for a series of free associating digressions on children and film that use illustrative clips from a selection of 53 films from 25 countries, ranging from Spielberg’s E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial to 1970s Albanian film Tomka and His Friends. More

  • Elysian Quartet

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    20th Sep 2014 (Sat) from 20:15 - 22:00

    Performing for the first time in Ireland, London’s Elysian Quartet specialise in contemporary, instrumental and experimental music. Elysian Quartet notoriously performed in their own individual flying helicopters in the first complete staging of Stockhausen’s infamous Mittwoch aus Licht opera as part of the official London 2012 Olympic celebrations. Renowned for devising and performing live scores for film, the group enjoy exploring the limits of what their instruments can do and the sounds they can make as a string quartet. They have performed around the world in an increasingly diverse array of scenarios such as concert halls, theatres, a volcano, beaches and a fire sculpture to name a few. Elysian’s repertoire for Kinsale will include selections from Dublin composer Conor Linehan’s score for De Oscuro’s Macbeth, which premiered at the Royal Opera House in 2013. More

  • Foil, Arms and Hog

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    20th Sep 2014 (Sat) from 22:00 - 23:30

    Described as ‘deliriously funny’ and ‘unexpectedly dark’ (The List), Foil, Arms and Hog come to Kinsale Arts Festival for one night only. The talented trio, known for their weekly mini sketches on YouTube, constantly create new and bizarre scenarios which delight audiences around the world. With their wickedly twisted characters, effortless chemistry and high energy performance, this comedy trio are guaranteed to charm the audience from start to finish. Foil, Arms and Hog have sold out the Edinburgh Fringe for six consecutive years, have over 4 million hits on YouTube and have recently completed a thirty date world tour, culminating in a sellout show at Dublin’s Vicar Street. More

  • Blackrock Castle Observatory – The Space For Science presents Junior Space Camp

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    21st Sep 2014 (Sun) from 12:00 - 13:30

    Experience science with an intergalactic twist and take a journey into space on your very own rocket, built with your own hands. This space themed workshop allows your budding inner astronaut to explore space through scientific experiments whilst having a blast. But be warned – exploring space can get messy! More

  • Blackrock Castle Observatory – The Space For Science presents Engineering: Past and Future

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    21st Sep 2014 (Sun) from 14:30 - 16:00

    How did the crafty Ancient Romans use engineering in battle to conquer the world? Find out by designing and making your own catapult as used in the medieval ages to launch projectiles at castle walls. Then cast your mind forward to explore engineering with electronics. Find out how engineering is used in space missions and make your own electronic circuit from scratch. More

  • Neville Gabie

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    21st Sep 2014 (Sun) from 17:30 - 18:30

    Filmed over the course of one year, Afloat follows the construction of a St Ayles Skiff and a season’s racing. Neville Gabie’s practice is driven by working in response to specific locations or situations caught in a moment of change – highly urbanized or distantly remote. With a background in sculpture, he is interested in establishing a working relationship within a particular community as a means of considering its physical, cultural or emotional geography. Neville worked in partnership with the community in Achiltibuie to capture their story over two years. This is his first showing in Ireland. More

  • Louis Stewart and Jim Doherty

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    21st Sep 2014 (Sun) from 20:30 - 22:00

    This year Irish jazz guitar legend Louis Stewart and champion piano player Jim Doherty make their Kinsale Arts Festival debut. Louis’ illustrious career has seen him perform with jazz royalty including Benny Goodman, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and George Shearing. The recipient of an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin, he began his international career in 1968 when he was awarded the special jury prize at The Montreaux International Jazz Festival. Continuing to make Dublin his home, Louis performs regularly in Germany and Norway, where, in the National Theatre, Oslo, his James Joyce/ Ulysses inspired concert piece Joyce Notes has been produced to acclaim. Composer and jazz pianist Jim Doherty is responsible for many of the more familiar RTÉ title tunes over the past number of decades. Formerly music director of The Late Late Show, he has written music for numerous theatrical productions and co-wrote the Abbey Theatre’s first musical, Innish in 1975. More

  • Living in a Coded Land

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    22nd Sep 2014 (Mon) from 20:00 - 21:10

    Living in a Coded Land is a poetic and imaginative film essay which makes unexpected links between events and locations, history and contemporary life. The film revolves around the notion of a sense of place and stories associated with place, reflecting on the subterranean traces of the past in the present. It explores probing themes such as the impact of colonialism, emigration, the famine, land, housing and the place of art in society. Making extensive use of archive footage from RTÉ and the IFI, the film seeks to explore the more elusive layers of meaning that make up this country. More

  • Farranghostway

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    22nd Sep 2014 (Mon) from 22:00 - 23:00

    Faded memories, lost souls or something more sinister? Strange things have been happening late at night at the old railway station. Closed to passengers since 1931, the historic Farrangalway Railway Station will be open to the public for one night only. An unusual evening of storytelling and film, join one of Ireland’s best known Seanachaí for a night that will chill you to the bone. This event is outdoors with limited cover. Please bring warm clothes and / or umbrella in the event of bad weather. More

  • Joseph Walsh Studio

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    23rd Sep 2014 (Tue) - 26th Sep 2014 (Fri)

    Hosted by some of Joseph Walsh Studio’s master craftspeople, theseday long classes will offer an insightinto the skills and making methods practiced at the Studio. Suitable for both professional makers and those with a general interest, each day addresses a different skill or area, offering a unique opportunity to learn about the skills behind the realisation of the work in practice. More

  • Creative Writing workshop with Roger McGough

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    23rd Sep 2014 (Tue) from 15:00 - 16:30

    Roger McGough is one of Britain’s best-loved poets, known for his trademark humour and sharp comic timing. McGough’s voice has always epitomised the working-class Liverpool of his childhood: down-to-earth, unpretentious, dry, witty, ironic and sceptical. Join him for this very special one-off workshop for adults. More

  • Chatham Saxophone Quartet

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    23rd Sep 2014 (Tue) from 20:15 - 22:00

    With an eclectic repertoire spanning contemporary, classical and jazz genres, this adventurous ensemble pushes the boundaries of what we know the saxophone quartet to be. Runaway winners of Music Network’s Young Musician Award in 2012, the Chatham Saxophone Quartet has repeatedly won plaudits for its bravura performances and versatility. Previous performances include Galway Music Residency, the National Concert Hall, Dingle’s Féile na Bealtaine and numerous appearances on RTÉ TV and radio. The quartet have worked closely with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and ConTempo String Quartet in transcribing the string quartet repertoire for wind instruments, and are currently working on their debut album. The atmospheric space of St. Multose Church will serve to create a spinetingling setting for this unique concert. More

  • Afternoon Classical Series

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    24th Sep 2014 (Wed) from 13:00 - 14:00

    Violinist and conductor Tom Crowley is one of Ireland’s rising classical music stars. Tom has previously performed with the Wexford Opera’s Festival Orchestra, the Stormport Sinfonia and is principle conductor of the Cork Youth Chamber Orchestra. Sam Barker has studied with some of the worlds greatest guitarists including Aniello Desiderio and Xufei Yang. He endeavors to bring a fresh, vibrant approach to the classical guitar. This concert will feature works from Bach, Paganini and Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. More

  • Roger McGough

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    24th Sep 2014 (Wed) from 20:30 - 22:00

    One of the UK’s most respected poets and familiar literary faces, Roger McGough is the man hailed by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘the patron saint of poetry’. Kinsale Arts Festival is delighted to be bringing Roger McGough to Ireland to read from his most recent collection, As Far As I Know. Hilarious and surreal, he is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too. A new book of poems by McGough is always a cause for celebration, and this is no exception. Newly elected President of the Poetry Society, McGough has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for good behaviour. Lily The Pink, The Aintree Iron, The Scaffold, Grimms, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten and presenter of the long-running Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4; The beat goes on. More

  • Afternoon Classical Series

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    26th Sep 2014 (Fri) from 13:00 - 14:00

    Winner of the John Vallery Memorial Prize in the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition, 24- year old David Keating is an exceptional talent on the rise. He performs regularly, most recently as part of the Rising Star Concert Series at Farmleigh House and Lismore Castle. David has appeared as a soloist with the Cork Youth Orchestra and Cork Sinfonietta, and in 2013, premiered Buen Camino, a piece written for him by the Irish composer and pianist John Gibson. He won the Feis Ceoil Cup and Gold Medal for Classical Guitar Performance in 2013. More

  • David O'Doherty

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    26th Sep 2014 (Fri) from 21:00 - 22:30

    The forgotten Sugababe, the bad boy of Zumba, David O’Doherty presents a new hour of talking and songs. Take a ride into the Davidzone. One man. One small keyboard. With batteries. And a chair. And a mic. And cables. And a sound system. And then a room, obviously. With more chairs. And a lighting rig. It’s surprising how much stuff is involved, actually. David O’Doherty is a Perrier Award winning comedian. He is the least famous person ever to have hosted an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In June 2012 he became the first Irish comedian to have their own Comedy Central Presents show on US television. He is writing a new children’s book and has got back into cycling. More

  • Festival Closing Weekend This is a free event

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    27th Sep 2014 (Sat) - 28th Sep 2014 (Sun)

    A programme of family events over both weekends of the festival, celebrating science, technology and the environment – many of which are completely free More

  • Roboslam

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    27th Sep 2014 (Sat) from 12:00 - 17:00

    Build your very own robot using ‘real’ electronic components at the RoboSlam introduction to robots workshop. Participants will learn elements of electronic engineering alongside software programming, with each stage in the production adding a new feature to your robot. Take home your own robot at the end of the day to continue programming and learning at home. RoboSlam is hosted by CoderDojo, a movement which runs free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people. Kids learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs and games, meeting like minded people along the way. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable and kick-ass experience. It has just one rule: ‘Above All: Be Cool’. Bring a packed lunch More

  • Lisa O'Neill

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    27th Sep 2014 (Sat) from 20:30 - 21:40

    With her distinctive voice, original songs and her own brand of observational witty lyrics, Lisa O’Neill is a star on the rise. A unique instrument in itself, her voice is subtle enough to execute the tender reminiscence of a song like Speed Boat but powerful enough to bring the house down on the rousing call-to-arms chorus on Come Sit Sing. With a Domino publishing deal, the Cavan native has quickly set herself apart with her unique song writing and performance skills, deserving her place in the folds of the folk and traditional Irish music scene. Her second album Same Cloth Or Not, was recorded in Wicklow during the winter months with David Kitt producing and Karl Oldum engineering. The album also includes her band Stina Sandstrom (vocals) and Mossy Nolan (bouzouki) and some wonderful interventions from London-based string duo Geese (Emma Smith and Vincent Sipprell). We are delighted to have Lisa bring her beguiling live performance to Kinsale, full of banter and old-style folk intimacy. More

  • Hunt and Darton This is a free event

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    28th Sep 2014 (Sun) from 13:00 - 17:00

    Get ready to roll up your sleeves for some brutally brilliant food warfare to celebrate the end of the 2014 festival. With Olympic style dedication, Hunt and Darton will put you through your paces in a series of warm up workshops, to train you in the true art of food fighting. Will you be crowned ultimate champion, or be disqualified because your focus face was insincere? Limber up, take note of the rules and heed the rigorous marking system – there are unexpected ways to win. Commissioned by Arts Depot. Artists Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton take a sculptural approach to performance, choreographing words and movement in a sensory way. Embracing awkward moments and risk, they devise interactive performance for public places. Hunt and Darton are associate artists at Arts Admin and Cambridge Junction. This is their first performance in Ireland. More

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