An orchestra led by the feet of a dancer, a glimpse at the future of trad, the biggest names in Irish theatre and film, historic buildings after dark, surprise interventions, secret music shows, and a whole lot of Banter about Springsteen and more. A vibrant carousel of arts and culture for the whole family awaits your delectation, and all by the beautiful sea.
Now in its ninth year, Kinsale Arts Festival 2013 is exploring the unique landscape of its surroundings with a programme rooted in the shape, location and rich cultural history of Kinsale. Places and spaces throughout the historic town – churches, halls, castles and harbours – will be transformed into temporary homes for music, theatre, literature, film and visual art as artists come out to play for nine days this July.
New for 2013, a series of special after dark shows exploring the stories and shapes of iconic town buildings, the festival’s first ever foray into 3D with choreographer Billy Cowie’s film installation Tango de Soledad and its partner piece especially for children, an afternoon of free talk and music shows at secret locations with Jim Carroll’s Banter and an all-new contemporary music programme. The festival is also in search of the artistic talent of tomorrow with new opportunities for emerging artists, including the JG Ballard inspired open submission exhibition, Now Wakes the Sea. We take a look at the future of traditional Irish music with two very different innovators of the scene; Dónal Lunny’s new Breton music influenced collaboration, Rynne |Barou | Lunny, and fiddler meets synth with post trad’s leading light, Daithí O Dronaí.
And to open the festival, some of the biggest names in Irish theatre and film including Mark O’Halloran, Sinéad Cusack and Fionnula Flanagan will take to the stage to perform a never-before seen script in White Rabbit, Red Rabbit.