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
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.
TOUR DATES & INFO
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11:00 - 16:00: Frank Farrelly will facilitate a Poetry SOS Clinic in the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan. If you'd like to book a slot, please email email@example.com with your contact details (including phone number) by noon on 28 September.
VARIOUS DATES | LOUTH
Translating the Painting - Poetry and Healing Writing Workshops with Enda Coyle-Greene
What is this painting saying to us about healing? How can we, as writers, create a poem that will tell the reader more? Guided gently throughout the process by the facilitator, Enda Coyle-Greene, and using visual prompts in the form of images specially chosen from the National Gallery of Ireland’s extensive collection, attendees at each workshop will explore and examine the narratives suggested or perhaps obscured by the artist and will go on to produce a healing poem of their own. Suitable for beginners, intermediate, and advanced. This workshop will take place at three libraries in Louth throughout the month of October.
Tuesday 10 October, 10.30am - 11.30am | Drogheda Library
Book via tel: 041 9876162
Wednesday 11 October, 10.00am - 11.00am | Dundalk Library
Book via tel: 042 9353190
Friday 13 October, 10.30am - 11.30am | Ardee Library
The Vital Signs tour is in partnership with Poetry Ireland and supported by the Arts Council.
HOW TO BOOK
Vans can be hired as venues for your own programme, or we can curate and book a line-up of performers 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 and include crew, 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 learn more or to book Festival in a Van to visit your local community, please email Elizabeth Mohen or click below
NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT FESTIVAL IN A VAN
"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."
(Event: Shared Music Sessions, November 12th, Citiwest, Dublin)