This yearâ€™s Kinsale Arts Festival 2012, will be officially opened today, 6th July by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the historic and iconic venue of Charles Fort, Kinsale. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend Irelandâ€™s favourite summer festival which runs from 7th â€“ 15th July and explores the lighter and darker sides of life through an eclectic menu of music, art, literature, drama, poetry, film and family events. For information and booking people can log onto www.kinsaleartsfestival.com.
As well as internationally renowned performers including Jan Hendrik RÃ¼bel, Roustem Saitkoulov and Gerald Garcia, the entire town is participating in the festival; including the local doctor, the chocolate maker, Co Cork resident Lord David Puttnam, Kinsale-based entrepreneur Sean Oâ€™Sullivan, the local Supervalu and Eurospar supermarkets, and many many more...
Famous for its atmospheric, intimate and alluring character and stunning scenery the town will become the stage of the festival itself with talks, readings, performances and exhibits being programmed throughout including a haunting cello performance in a secret cave and performances â€˜on the bankâ€™ in Irelandâ€™s only inflatable arts venue, the KAF PopUp Playhouse. The streets themselves will be animated with artist trails, childrenâ€™s entertainment and theatrics over the nine days. Now in its eight year the festival is expected to generate upto â‚¬4m for the local economy.
According to festival director Gemma Tipton; â€œThis yearâ€™s programme was devised to celebrate and explore what is vicious and virtuous in our society today but in a fun and provoking way. Weâ€™re hearing plenty about vice these days with corruption, scandals and sordid goings on. But what about virtue? Does that get a look in at all? What is virtuous in our society in 2012? We have some of the worldâ€™s best thinkers, artists, actors, writers and performers in Kinsale for the next nine days so people looking for something different from a festival this summer should come down and celebrate the Vicious and Virtuous of Ireland with us, and the rest of Kinsale!â€œ
For information and booking people can log onto www.kinsaleartsfestival.com. Organisers have just launched a festival app that provides all the information visitors might need to make the very most of nine electric days and nights packed full of tantalizing cultural events in extraordinary locations! It includes full event listings, an interactive map and Twitter and Facebook integration and plenty of useful information including ways to book.
Festival Highlights include:
â€¢ Food Events include a murder mystery dinner at Ballinacurra, the country house that Michael Jackson made his Irish base, fishy workshops with Martin Shanahan from the famous Fishy Fishy restaurant hoping to take the fear out of sushi, plus a psychological dinner with Art for Eating â€“ you may never look at food the same way again.
â€¢ Return to Eden Tim Smit, founder of Cornwallâ€™s Eden Project, in conversation with David Puttnam (Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire, The Mission) about how it is possible to change the world.
â€¢ How to Live: Mark Patrick Hederman, Abbot of Glenstal, with his unique insights into being human.
â€¢ Afternoon Teas: weâ€™re serving up tea and cake with some sage advice. Sarah Bakewell, author of the best selling How to Live: a life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer, on how the finest minds in philosophy have looked at life, love and the universe. She also has plenty of answers. Plus psychologist Zelda di Blasi on how happiness and money may, or may not be connected...
â€¢ Text Messages: Shakespeare knew the human heart better than most, and Text Messages takes some of his best known scenes and lets Irelandâ€™s hottest young directors reinterpret the action for a theatre event that is funny and heart wrenching in equal measure.
â€¢ Jan Hendrik Rubel will perform Tideways; Flooded Music in an entrancing venue of a secret Kinsale Cave.
â€¢ Frisky and Mannish, pop experts and a pastiche parody take their particular brand of pop education from Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe to Kinsale with their Extra-Curricular Activities show.
â€¢ Jelly Town features a series of events, talks, happenings and childrenâ€™s workshops led by A2Architects and PAC Studio to explore what food and architecture have in common.
â€¢ Firm festival favourites include theatrical performances of Love All, Disco Pigs and Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About!
â€¢ The sensational and shocking Paul Howard brings us the most searingly honest canine autobiography ever in â€˜Triggs: The Autobiography of Roy Keaneâ€™s Dogâ€™
â€¢ Dragonâ€™s Den star Sean Oâ€™Sullivan and Secret Millionaire Marcelle Speller will debate the virtue of small, radical and dangerous ideas in changing our world for the better.
â€¢ Something poetic is happening in SuperValu Kinsale as KAF brings the greats to the shopping aisles in â€˜Your Yeats is by the Baked Beansâ€™.
Pic by John Allen: Deirdre Fitzgerald, Kinsale Arts Festival & Gemma Tipton Artistic Director of Kinsale Arts Festival hanging a piece by Jackie Nickerson from her 'Faith' series at the 'Virtue and Vice' exhibition at the Mill as part of Kinsale Arts Festival 2012.