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.
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TOUR DATES & INFO

2021

Carlow County - March 18th and 19th

Cian Kinsella, Brian Daly and Fiach Moriarty

 

Louth County - April 6th

Gavan Ring

 

Westmeath County - May 4th and 5th

Frank Byrne, David Kelly and Meadhbh Hughes

 

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown - May 10th and 11th

King Lear Schools Tour

 

Dublin - May 12th 

King Lear Schools Tour

 

Galway - May 19th 

TBC

SCHOOLS

Festival in a Van brings performance to schools for children of all ages. From magic shows to sean nós, story telling to multicultural magic, our schools visits are a firm favourite. We work with Creative Schools, Local Authorities and directly with teachers to plan the perfect programme. At Secondary Level, we also create bespoke shows in line with the National Curriculum. In 2020, we toured scenes from Romeo and Juliet for Junior Certificate Students, and in 2021 we are delighted to present King Lear (in a Van) for the Leaving Certificate.

For 2021 Festival in a Van presents

King Lear – in a Van

An old man has three children. He also happens to have an entire kingdom. He’s tired, he wants a rest, but how to divide up the spoils? Let’s just say he doesn’t choose well. It’s a theme played out over and again: from Dallas to Succession. But here, we go back to the Shakespearean source. Leading director, Conor Hanratty has created a unique Covid-safe event, to bring key scenes from the play alive with moments for discussion as part of the plan. Why on earth doesn’t Cordelia just say I love you? Featuring Arthur Riordan, Karen McCartney and Matthew Malone.

Supported by Bank Of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts

VANS IN THE WILD

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Riverview ETNS 23 November

We had such a blast with Rhythm Africana, bringing sounds and spirit...
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SJC Killiney 19th November

The glorious Avoca Reaction had everyone singing and dancing for LGBTQI+ Awareness...
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Monaghan 17 November

Brioni Gallagher and Seanan Brennan in fine voice and flying form at...
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Limerick 27 October

The clocks changed, and with them our first After Dark Session, in...
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Clare 27 October

With thanks to Grainne Hope's great programming, the sounds of SON (Susan...
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Dublin 23 October

Romeo and Juliet headed to the Northside of Dublin for stops at...
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Newpark 22nd October

Star Crossed Lovers, caught on camera by Newpark student Rachel Bennett, when...
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Dublin 16th October

Our schools tour kicked off with the lovely Candlelit Tales entertaining rapt...
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Killarney 11th October

Gavan Ring brought the house down with a set including Nessun Dorma...
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Killarney 10th October

The epic duo of Bryan O'Leary and Brian Mooney had everyone's toes...

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)

HOW TO BOOK

Vans can be hired as venues for your own programme, or we can programme for you. Vans can spend the day in one location or make up to three stops in one day, depending on distances and performance duration.

Costs for Festival in a Van are based on a full day’s hire including technical crew and Covid safety officer, fuel and all technical and safety equipment.

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 or click below

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.

GET IN TOUCH

Contact us with any queries and to find out more about booking your very own Festival in a Van

Please fill in the contact form
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