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

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

 

Homepage image - Cormac Begley plays at Festival in a Van, Tralee Town Park, October 2020

 

NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT FESTIVAL IN A VAN

"Thank you for bringing Festival in a Van to Mooorehall Lodge Ardee. From when Gemma, the van, crew and Gavan arrived it was like our Residents and staff got a new energy - a new life. The whole event  from start to finish was just so uplifting. the Residents watching the crew set up, not knowing what was coming next and then Gavan starting to sing: you could hear a pin drop, just class. Festival in a Van was the topic of conversation at lunch times and for days afterwards with everyone. We, as staff spoke together about the event to try and describe feeling everyone came away with, and we said it was an energy, new beginning, new hope. After 12 months of Covid 19, that feeling that yes, we are going to be fine! It was a lovely feeling".

Frances @ Moorehall (Event: Gavan Ring, Co. Louth, April 2021)

"Thank you for bringing Festival in a Van to Mooorehall Lodge Ardee. From when Gemma, the van, crew and Gavan arrived it was like our Residents and staff got a new energy - a new life. The whole event  from start to finish was just so uplifting. the Residents watching the crew set up, not knowing what was coming next and then Gavan starting to sing: you could hear a pin drop, just class. Festival in a Van was the topic of conversation at lunch times and for days afterwards with everyone. We, as staff spoke together about the event to try and describe feeling everyone came away with, and we said it was an energy, new beginning, new hope. After 12 months of Covid 19, that feeling that yes, we are going to be fine! It was a lovely feeling".

Frances @ Moorehall (Event: Gavan Ring, Co. Louth, April 2021)