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


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.

Our van has been transformed as a mini mobile venue, and is 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.


Upcoming 2021

Limerick - December Christmas Concerts

Events at Adare Town Park, Newcastle West and at Nursing Homes in Killmallock and Bruff throughout December. With Nyle Wolfe and Ryan Morgan, Liam O'Brien and Jean McGlynn, with thanks to Limerick City and County Council Arts Office.


Dublin December and #LocalLive

Saturday 11th at Richmond Park as part of the Christmas Market, with Eoin Glackin and Inni-K
Sunday 12th for Community Day, visiting Care Homes in Dublin with Rhythm Africana and Sharon Carty
Thursday 16th in Phibsborough with Phizz Fest, featuring Catherine Ann Cullen and Karl Flood
Sunday 19th at Collins Barracks with Kayssie K and Sharon Carty


Part of Dublin City Council’s  Local Live Performance Programme, funded by Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media.

With special thanks too to all the artists, wonderful venues and hosts, and to all of you for joining us this year for #SafeCraic


Waterford Tuesday 21st December: Winter Firedance

Celebrating the Winter Solstice in Cappoquin, as part of events being held across Co Waterford. Festival in a Van joins the fun with Nyle Wolfe and Ryan Morgan, Padraic Di Fusco and Peter O'Sullivan, and Ad Hoc, featuring Caroline King and Eoghan O'Neill. Our programme of seasonal favourites and more starts at 6.10pm, followed by Fireworks at 9.

Please note: this event is fully Covid compliant. Please enjoy while wearing your facemasks, keeping to social distancing guidelines, and following the direction of stewards and crew. With thanks to Waterford County Council Arts Office.

Looking forward to 2022!

We'll be back on the road in early 2022, kicking off with a special tour with Cormac Begley, visiting Men's Sheds across all four provinces of Ireland, with thanks to the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts.


If you would like Festival in a Van to visit your community, or if you are planning a Festival and would like a Cancellation-Proof Pop Up as part of your programme, please contact us for more information.


Teaming up with the lovely people at Poetry Ireland, Festival in a Van takes to the road this summer. Ten Counties, Ten Poets, plus Singer Songwriters all coming together to remind us just how much words can truly move. We'll be visiting community centres, care homes and there'll be some public gigs too. Look out for specially commissioned poems popping up online, and in the newspapers too. With thanks to A Touring Grant from the Arts Council of Ireland click on to find out who's going, and where...


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.

Details for 2022 will be available here well in advance.

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


Kilkenny 19 & 20 December


Wicklow 18 December


Monaghan 17 December


Wicklow 13 December


Kilkenny 11 December


Westmeath 9 & 10 December


Cavan 7 & 8 December


Monaghan 2 December


Riverview ETNS 23 November


SJC Killiney 19th November


Monaghan 17 November


Limerick 27 October



"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


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