Arts Festival for Tullamore for May bank holiday

The Tullamore Arts Festival, a colourful family weekend, will celebrate the best of Offaly and Midlands community spirit with a two day programme of visual art, street performance, theatre, film, dance, and children’s events on Saturday May 5 & Sunday May 6, Bank Holiday Weekend 2012. Local, national and international groups will be included in this fresh new festival programme.

The Tullamore Arts Festival, a colourful family weekend, will celebrate the best of Offaly and Midlands community spirit with a two day programme of visual art, street performance, theatre, film, dance, and children’s events on Saturday May 5 & Sunday May 6, Bank Holiday Weekend 2012. Local, national and international groups will be included in this fresh new festival programme.

The first year of this new community event to take place every May Bank holiday, will see pop-up art galleries, a photography exhibition, mini theatre, local market, live music, street performers and children’s activities in Tullamore town centre, bringing a much needed economic boost and positive community spirit to Tullamore.

Local groups already confirmed include Tullamore Gospel Choir, St. Colmcille Pipe Band, Offaly Youth Theatre Project, Jasango, Tullamore Amateur Dramatics, Stage Craft Ireland and Tullamore Town Band. Contact the festival through facebook to submit your group’s interest participating.

Pop up art galleries will bring fresh and colourful artistic creations to vacant commercial premises and the exhibition will showcase Offaly’s various art and creative forms. Local artists, photographers and craft workers are invited to submit their pieces for display.

A local market will take place on Distillery Lane showcasing local food and crafts with up to 20 stalls with locally handcrafted jewellery, homegrown vegetables, sauces, cheeses and jams. Stalls will be assigned on a first come first served basis, must fulfil local produce criteria as decided by the festival, not directly compete with shops in the immediate vicinity, and will cost €100 for 2 days trading. Apply online and ensure to include product description, insurance cert and payment to be considered. Call 087 7531817 for full market details.

The TAF photographic exhibition will display works from local photographers and Slieve Bloom Photography Club.

Children’s activities will include facepainting, treasure hunt, pavement art, circus workshops and bouncy castles.

A Mini Theatre will showcase local amateur dramatics with performances from Tullamore Amateur Dramatics, Offaly Youth Theatre Project and Jasango.

Dance workshops for children with Andreas Cagnetti and visiting guests will take place on Saturday.

A live acoustic music stage will host up and coming musicians, singers, songwriters and choirs.

Also on Sunday street performers will compete for the accolade of Tullamore Arts Festival Street Performer 2012 with a prize fund of €600. Register online to reserve time slot and pitch details.

Main sponsors are the Bridge Centre Tullamore, Fáilte Ireland, Bridge House Hotel & DOTSER.

More details online through Facebook, Twitter and http://www.tullamoreartsfestival.com – Get involved in your community festival.