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 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.



Announcing the Shared Music Sessions

An international concert series of events with Ukranian and Irish musicians coming together to connect through culture and our shared love of music, presented with the atmosphere of the traditional Irish seisiún. Supported by Creative Ireland, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media's Local Live Performance Programming Scheme. Local Authorities can register their interest in participating by emailing before August 8th 2022.

Touring Ireland throughout 2022

On the Road in 2022

Dublin June 11th

National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks

Public concerts wtih Kiruu, Paul Byrom and Inni-K.

Performances at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. With thanks to all the team at Collins Barracks.

Supported by Dublin City Council and funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

Louth - July 9th

Ukranian and Irish Shared Music Concerts in County Louth

11am Crowne Plaza, Dundalk, featuring the Rozumovsky Salon Ensemble, with Paul Campbell and Conal McIntyre

3pm St Peter's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Drogheda, featuring Josue Mateo Pinzon Benitez, Sergiy Abramov and Mykhalio Ivanyschenko, with Paul Campbell and Conal McIntyre

Programmed in partnership with Music Generation Louth

Just announced: The Rozumovsky Salon Ensemble will play an extra, free concert in Dundalk on Thursday July 14th at 8pm at St Nicholas Church of Ireland, Dundalk. All are welcome. With thanks to Music Generation, Louth


Festival in a Van in Louth is supported by Louth County Council and funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

Throughout June - On The Road with Cormac Begley

Presenting acclaimed traditional musician Cormac Begley, at Men's Sheds in Dublin, Kerry, Kilkenny and Galway

With thanks to Men's Sheds Ireland.

Supported by The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts.

Dublin and Fingal June 25th and July 10th - Chinese Music Sessions

International Concert Series: Presenting Chinese Music in Dublin and Fingal this Summer

June 25th St Anne's Park, Raheny, 1pm and 3pm. All welcome, admission free, no booking required.

July 10th Bremore Castle Grounds, Balbriggan, 2.30pm. All welcome, admission free, no booking required.

Fingal - July 20th Shared Music Sessions

Ukranian and Irish Shared Music Concerts in Fingal

Featuring Oleh Udod, Yeva Halstian, and Across the Keys: Joe Brennan, John Brennan, Colum King and Jim Aughney

All are welcome to these Shared Music Sessions, and admission is free. No booking required.

11am The Emmaus Centre, Swords

3.30pm Deerpark Hotel Howth

Festival in a Van in Fingal is supported by Fingal County Council and funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

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.


Teaming up with the lovely people at Poetry Ireland, Festival in a Van took to the road in Summer 2021. Ten Counties, Ten Poets, plus Singer Songwriters came together to remind us just how much words can truly move. We visited community centres, care homes and held public gigs too. Ten poems were commissioned, and you can enjoy them online by clicking the local links here. With thanks to a Touring Grant from the Arts Council of Ireland and the teams at Local Authorities across the country.


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


Clare 27 October


Dublin 23 October


Newpark 22nd October


Dublin 16th October


Killarney 11th October


Killarney 10th October


Tralee 9th October


Éigse Michael Hartnett October 3rd


The Green Van in Galway October 1st


Galway 1st October


Carraroe 1st October


Tuam 1st 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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