Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Anto0
BIG HOUSE Festival 2013
Taking place at Castletown House in Celbridge over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (3rd – 5th August), the first BIG HOUSE Festival features over 50 events happening each day covering the worlds of music, theatre, visual arts and dance. There’s an additional special guest each day in: Jerry Fish and his Carnivale Show will perform on Saturday 3rd, Jack Lukeman (Jack L) presents his 27 Club show on Sunday 4th and trad legends LAPD [AKA Liam O’Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin & Dónal Lunny] will take to the stage on Monday 5th.
We’ve picked out a couple of events we’re interested in below but you can book tickets and view the full programme at www.BigHouse.ie. Full day tickets are now available from €22.50 with family value tickets on sale for €45.
- Julie Feeney: Julie has devised a new show especially for the BIG HOUSE Festival, the perfect setting for the theatricality of a Julie Feeney show. Her sell-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic have received rave reviews where she combines her “mesmerizing stage presence and eccentric pop genius” (Hot Press) with her unquestionably original sound.
- Big House Parliament: Inspired by parliamentarian William “Speaker” Conolly – the man who built Castletown – we’ve set up an alternative citizens’ parliament. Curated by Naoise Nunn, the assembled citizenry will hear a series of inspirational speakers debate motions on how we can radically shake up and improve Ireland. The results will become a sovereign Proclamation of the People of the BIG HOUSE Festival. Speakers so far include Professor Luke O’Neill; Director, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, TCD, Manchán Magan; journalist, writer, filmmaker, The Irish Times, Orla Tinsley; journalist, campaigner and author, Ruairi McKiernan; young member of the President’s Council of State, Irish social entrepreneur and campaigner on youth, community, health and social issues. More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.
- Wind Garden by Mark Linnane: The sprawling meadows of Castletown House get a splash of colour and movement with this magical installation of 500 children’s’ windmills. Each windmill forms part of a sculptural picture that brings a unique mix of colour, sound and movement to the gardens at BIG HOUSE.
- Print Screen by Evan Flynn: Print Screen – inspired by the famous Print Room in Castletown House, one of the few original left in the world, Print Screen is a multimedia instillation combining video, photos, graphics and projection that attempts to find the constants between visual creation 300 years ago and today.