Saturday 20 July 2013

Big House Festival, 3rd-5th August

Big House Festival is a cultural festival of arts, music, film and entertainment in the Castletown House and Parklands happening over the August Bank Holiday (3-5th August). The Big House Festival seems to have something for everyone from ages 1yr-100yrs throughout its ballroom, farmyard, stables, woodlands and meadows.

There is a great programme family and childrenThe Ark Cultural Centre for Children will present the Ukulele Céilí workshop. Children will get the chance to dance; play and all join in together for one big hooli. 

Dancers will take to the meadows and recreate a fusion of childhood games and flocks of flying birds in a dance performance called Flock. 

The Irish Museum of Modern Art and the artist Rhona Byrne will be presenting ‘Garden Folly’. You are invited to play with and build forts, houses, fairy castles, monsters dens or whatever you heart desires.  

For smaller ones there is a sand-pit play area in the farmyard. 

If you’re in the mood for some visual treats then maybe Mark Linannes Wind Garden and Niamh Lunnys Washing Line might be of interest. 

Farm is a play that brings together the rural and urban (and there’s a tractor too!). 

There is also Opera in the Open, a message in a bottle on the lake from PillowTalks Catch of the Day or George Higgs Door of musical inventions. 

If you venture into the forest on your travels you will come across Tree Ladies,Clockwork Birds and electro-acoustic choral event Spindle – late in the evening. Laura Kreifman has made her curious bird creatures from recycled materials and they are hidden around the forest for you to encounter. While Áine Phillips has dressed the trees… literally and Eat My Noise will be there providing a soundtrack for your explorations with their audio displays.

While you are out there exploring the grounds and what’s on offer – keep an eye out for Theatre Lovetts Out and about with Pietr Kloon. 

And if its laughs you’re after then ponydance might be up your street - a dance act that is supposed by be a comedy delight.  

You can also make some artworks of your own or do the Children’s trail.

All in all, lots on.

Image courtesy of the artist.

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