Like an ice cream van for the Arts! FESTIVAL IN A VAN brings entertainment outside and makes it mobile

FESTIVAL IN A VAN FÉILE I VEAIN

Getting the show on the road

A mobile live arts event, Festival in a Van brings live performance to your door. A trad session at your window, a classical concert on the green, dramatic moments, or poets proclaiming in the garden, Festival in a Van is touring nationwide, bringing the magic of live performance back to Ireland.

Three vans have been transformed as mini mobile venues, and are popping up in parks, streets, squares, care homes and more; making safe, fun arts experiences part of life once more. Supported by Creative Ireland, and led by a team of theatre professionals, Festival in a Van is keeping live performance going, on the move, and coming to a place near you.

In 2020 we:

  • Staged more than 60 performances in 11 counties
  • Worked with 48 musicians, singers, poets, artists and performers
  • with a team of 15 theatre professionals, designers and production artists
  • and reached more than 2,500 people

We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

When Festival in a Van comes to visit...

Vans arrive to streets, housing estates or apartment blocks. They come to care homes, rural spots, parking lots or village squares. The doors open. In one, an actor delivers a dramatic monologue. In another a musician makes their own kind of magic, a singer sings songs or arias. In another a poet recites, a writer reads.

Festival in a Van is also available for private hire.

For truly Safe Craic: Festival in a Van gets the show back on the road.

Read about us in The Irish Times: Bringing Live Performance to Your Door

TOUR DATES & INFO

Galway 2020 City and County – October 1st 2020

The Whileaways, Barceló Brothers, Niceol Blue and Orla McGovern

 

Éigse Michael Hartnett Festival, Newcastlewest, Co Limerick – October 3rd 2020

Trevor Sexton, Micheál Rowsome and Stephen Murphy

 

Kerry County – October 9th, 10th, 11th 2020

Mary Culloty O'Sullivan, Cormac Begley, Cathal Flaherty, Bryan O'Leary and Brian Mooney, Emma O'Leary and Gavan Ring

 

Schools Tour - Dublin, October 16th 2020

Candlelit Tales at Belmayne Educate Together, Scoil Íde Cailiní and St Malachy’s

 

Monaghan - October 20th and 21st 2020

Claire Crehan, Niamh McCormack, Brioni Gallagher and Seanan Brennan

 

Schools Tour - Dublin, October 22nd and 23rd 2020

Romeo and Juliet, Directed by Conor Hanratty and starring Kate Stanley Brennan and Lloyd Cooney

 

Limerick - October 27th 2020

David Hope and Susan O'Neill - SON

 

Monaghan - November 17th 2020

Brioni Gallagher and Seanan Brennan

 

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Schools - November 19th to 23rd

Including The Wild Turkeys, Avoca Reaction, Romeo and Juliet (in a Van) with Kate Brennan and Lloyd Cooney and directed by Conor Hanratty, Karl Flood, Sam Clifford, Michael Chanda, Rhythm Africana, and Candlelit Tales

 

Monaghan - December 2nd

Brioni Gallagher and Seanan Brennan

 

Cavan - December 7th and 8th 2020

Niamh McCormack and Claire Crehan

 

Westmeath - December 9th and 10th 2020

Frank Byrne and David Kelly

 

Kilkenny - December 11th 2020

Cormac Larkin, Scott Flanigan and Tom Caraher

 

Wicklow - December 13th & 18th 2020

Niall O'Sullivan and Shóna, Mike and Marta Nielsen

 

Monaghan - December 17th

Claire Crehan and Niamh McCormack

 

Kilkenny - December 19th & 20th

for Yulefest with Luan Parle and Clive Barnes; Enya Cox and Ruby and Heidi Millea from the Alize School of Music; and Daniel Docherty of the Lady Desart Choir

SCHOOLS

Festival in a Van presents 

Romeo and Juliet – in a Van

Romeo and Juliet meet, fall heavily for one another, discover what it truly means to be star-crossed lovers, and take their passion to its conclusion in this thirty minute presentation of scenes from Shakespeare’s most famous play. Created by acclaimed director Conor Hanratty and starring Kate Stanley Brennan and Lloyd Cooney, this unique Covid-safe show brings key moments from the play to schools, in Shakespeare’s own words – and in a van. Festival in a Van is supported by Creative Ireland. Romeo and Juliet in a Van is produced by Selina O’Reilly and is also supported by the Creative Schools Programme of Creative Ireland and Arts Office of Dublin City Council.

VANS OUT & ABOUT - FEEDBACK

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Kilkenny 19 & 20 December

We finished up the year in bright winter sunshine, and smiles all round, as we toured nursing homes in the...
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Wicklow 18 December

Mike and Marta Nielsen joined us for a second weekend at Care Homes across Wicklow, bringing a fresh twist to...
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Monaghan 17 December

We were back in Monaghan on 17 December (yes, we're getting our Monaghan Festival in a Van tour t-shirts printed...
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Wicklow 13 December

Trumpets through the fog... Niall O'Sullivan and Shóna were simply brilliant in Wicklow. Until you've heard them, you've now idea...
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Kilkenny 11 December

The lovely Lighthouse Studios invited us to set the stage for a very carefully curated gathering, showing how fifteen people...
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Westmeath 9 & 10 December

All the craic with Frank Byrne and David Kelly heading to Care Homes and Direct Provision centres. Sometimes we wonder...
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Cavan 7 & 8 December

Niamh McCormack and Claire Crehan stepped up to the Van as we took our second set out to Nursing Homes...
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Monaghan 2 December

Getting our Christmas on as we swing into December with Brioni Gallagher and Seanan Brennan. Is that the sound of...
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Riverview ETNS 23 November

We had such a blast with Rhythm Africana, bringing sounds and spirit to Riverview. Who wants to go to school...
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SJC Killiney 19th November

The glorious Avoca Reaction had everyone singing and dancing for LGBTQI+ Awareness Week with an unforgettable session at Saint Joseph's...

HOW TO BOOK

Vans can be hired as venues for your own programme, or we can programme for you. You can take one van, two or all three. Set up on site takes approximately 30 minutes, and may be part of the performance as preferred. Vans can spend the day in one location or make up to three stops in one day, depending on distances and performance duration.

Festival in a van is available for Festivals, Local Authority Events, Schools, Care Homes, Private Hires and more.

To book Festival in a Van please email Gemma Tipton 

TECHNICAL SPEC

Van 1: Box Van, rear door, tail lift

Interior - 2400mm X 1900mm(w) X 1900mm (h)

Tail Lift  - 1.2 meters depth X 2 meters wide (Not all playing area due to swing doors

Tech 1 - Sound/Lights

Tech 2 - Stage manager/driver/ Artist liaison/ H+S

Sound - 1 Desk + stereo left and right tops on stands + mic package as required

Lighting - Smart Batts X 3 +dressing (fairy lights or festoon and/or Freedom Sticks)

Van 2: Box Van, rear door, tail lift

Interior - 2400mm X 1900mm(w)  X 1900mm ( H)

Tail Lift - 1000mm (d) X 2000mm (w)

Tech 1 - Sound/Lights

Tech 2 - Stage manager/driver/ Artist liaison/ H+S

Sound - 1 Desk + stereo left and right tops on stands + mic package as required

Lighting - Smart Batts X 3 +dressing (fairy lights or festoon and/or Freedom Sticks)

Van 3: Side door Transit-style

Interior  - 1500mm(h) X 1200(w) 1400mm deep

Deck - 1200mmX1200 approx ( deck sits flush to side door to allow performer to sit outside of van)

Tech 1 - Sound/Lights

Tech 2 - Stage manager/driver/ Artist liaison/ H+S

Sound - 1 Desk + stereo left and right tops on stands + mic package as required

Lighting - Smart Batts X 2 +dressing (fairy lights or festoon and/or Freedom Sticks)

Each van travels with a sound and lighting technician, and a driver.

Covid safety for the vans is coordinated by Peter Jordan at Slua Event Safety Consultancy 

Festival in a Van is responsible for the safety of its vans, teams and performers. Hiree is responsible for audience coordination and management.

THE TEAM

Gemma Tipton - Producer

Peter Jordan – Production and Safety Officer

Rob Furey - Production Manager

 

Graphic Design - Matthew Connell, Duck to Water

Website - Elisabeth Ryan

 

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