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


The Show, On The Road

A mobile live arts event, Festival in a Van brings live performance to you. A trad session in the town square, a classical concert on the green, Shakespeare at schools, craic at care homes, and poets proclaiming in parks... Festival in a Van tours nationwide, bringing the magic of live performance to the parts and places other venues cannot reach.

Our van has been transformed as a mini mobile venue. Equipped with sound, lights, a drop down stage and a truly lovely crew, we are popping up in parks, streets, squares, care homes and more. During the lockdowns, we made safe, fun arts experiences part of life again. Now we're back on the road, bringing art to where you are.

Supported by Creative Ireland, and by The Arts Council, and led by a team of theatre professionals, Festival in a Van is is available to festivals, community groups, schools, Local Authorities, and absolutely anyone who likes the idea of something wonderful coming their way.




An international concert series of events with Irish musicians coming together with Ukrainian musicians, and musicians from other refugee communities via Festival in a Van. The Shared Music Sessions are supported by Creative Ireland, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

For full events listing and details of the shared music sessions in Autumn / Winter 2022, and coming up in 2023 click below


Upcoming Festival in a Van Events

Discover what else the van was doing in 2022, and look out for our upcoming programme in 2023

Community Christmas Concert at The Everyman Theatre, Cork

Festival in a Van and The Everyman were delighted to present The Community Christmas Concert on Mon 19 Dec in Cork. Marking the end of 2022, this shared concert welcomed new communities, and was a chance to thank local heroes, and celebrate our cultures through music and song. Compèred by the one and only Tadhg Hickey, and featuring Maryna Odolska, Karen Underwood and John O'Brien, Kestine Ugbodu and DJ Safarii, Ryan Morgan, and the Trad Trio: Johnny McCarthy, Aoife Blake and Ciara O'Leary Fitzpatrick. This free event was presented as part of the Shared Music Sessions, with thanks to Creative Ireland.

Meet the Musicians sessions with Music Generation
Festival in a Van were delighted to collaborate with Music Generation for a series of Meet the Musicians sessions; creating opportunities for musicians to perform for a wide range of audiences across the broadest of age groups, in communities throughout Ireland. Festival in a Van and Music Generation were very grateful to Kildare County Council & the Arts Council for their support of our Pilot session in October in Kildare.

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making vans happen where you are

If you would like Festival in a Van to visit you, or if you are planning a Festival and would like to hold performances somewhere that there isn't a stage, or like the idea of having a Cancellation-Proof Pop Up as part of your programme, please contact us for more information.


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 were delighted to present King Lear (in a Van) for the Leaving Certificate.

In the meantime visit schools page to view details of past productions


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


Monaghan 1 August

Vans Monaghan

Fingal 24 July


Laois 17 July


Dublin, IMMA 13 July


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 7 July

Dun Laoghaire 7 July Kilcross

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 6 July

6 July Dun Leary

Leitrim 16 June

Leitrim June 2021

Leitrim 15 June

Sinead Black Leitrim

Galway 19 May

Galway 2021 Web

King Lear May

Lear Web

Louth April 6 April

Gavan Ring Louth Web

Carlow 18 & 19 March 2021



"We absolutely loved it! The children were so engaged and the whole crew were lovely. Children were walking home dancing!! Thank you so much"

Bríd Brophy, Principal @ St. Mary's Primary School, Dublin 7
(Event: Back to School Celebration with Gomba Educare, September 2022)

"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)

"I just wanted to let you know how impressed everyone was by the Festival in a Van company and production. Everything  happened so efficiently (thanks Anthony) without any hiccups and the students (sixth years in particular) were thrilled to see King Lear come alive on the school grounds, with real actors! It was great to see them ask so many questions afterwards! And the actors were very happy to oblige!"

Teacher at Our Lady of Mercy College, Beaumont (Event: King Lear (in a Van), May 2021)

"From the moment the van pulled up this morning you could feel the excitement grow at school today. 
Some pupils were hanging out the window to see what was going on and how a normal van was supposed to transform into a magical stage - I nearly didn't know how they did it even though I watched the whole thing unfold in front of my eyes! Magic in itself. 

Suddenly we were at a festival - with a stage, a secure area for around the stage - everything you would expect to see at any venue was there - no attention to detail spared. 

We got the green light to start at 10am on the dot and by 10:01 there were 73 children and 40 Staff dancing together at a music festival! It was genuinely amazing. Joyce and Steve played together beautifully - his husky voice complemented by her powerful traditional singing. An incredible experience. 
Our school community needed a lift like this - it was amazing. Thank you"

Sarah McGinley, Principal, St. Josephs Special School, Galway

"Once again, I wanted to congratulate the team on the incredible work you are doing. It was such an honour to play for the people at Citywest. There was a powerful moment when just after my performance, a little Ukrainian girl of around 9/10 years old walked over to me and handed me a picture she'd drawn of me performing. She didn't have any English but through the help of an adult we had a little chat, and I gave her a CD of mine. It was a moment I won't forget."

KIRRU, Musician
(Event: Shared Music Sessions, November 12th, Citiwest, Dublin)


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