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Celebrations in Terryglass as 19th Terryglass Arts Festival opens

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Celebrations in Terryglass as 19th Terryglass Arts Festival opens thumbnail Pictured at the launch of the Terryglass Arts Festival, which runs from August 16 to August 20, are the festival committee.

THE 19th Annual Terryglass Arts Festival will be officially opened later this evening (Wednesday August 16) in Terryglass Hall, by Councillor Phyll Bugler, Cathaoirleach Tipperary County Council.

A large attendance is expected for Wednesday s festival opening in Terryglass Hall which continues with music by local musician Jamie Lee Forde and performance poetry from Richard Brennan. This will be followed by a screening of Love and Friendship, based on Jane Austen s hilarious comic gem novella, Lady Susan. Filmed entirely in Ireland, this 2016 film is is a delightful jaunt where manners and social standing are key, and a lady is only as good as her last husband (Admission 5).

After months of hard work, Festival Co-Chairperson, Aoife O Rourke is eagerly looking forward to the festival and has extended an invitation to members of the public to attend the official opening and opening events.

The festival has received tremendous support and good will from our local community here in Terryglass and I would like to extend a warm invitation to members of the public to attend the official opening and support our opening programme this evening, said Ms O Rourke.

Headline acts performing during this year s festival include K la, one of Ireland s most exciting and innovative bands. Described by the BBC World Review as one of the most beautifully euphoric live experiences , K la will perform in Terryglass Church on Friday August 18 at 8.30pm. (Admission 25).

Drama and comedy takes centre stage on Thursday August 17 with a performance of Katie Holly s one woman show Marion . Described by the Evening Echo as a buzzing comedic script...a chuckle fest of embarrassing moments and killer one liners , Marion is in Katie s own words a comedy inspired by a decade of being an embarrassing singleton in Ireland, during and after the boom. (8pm Terryglass Hall Admission 12)

This year s festival is a celebration of the visual arts with the appointment of Terryglass Arts Festival's first ever artist in Residence, Jenny Fox. Jenny will create an installation entitled The Places In Between based on two interlinked areas an exhibition, containing finished paintings; and a re-creation of her studio which she calls the engine room for her work. (Old Church from 11am -5pm daily).

Damer House Gallery, in collaboration with Terryglass Arts Festival, presents Homeland - a selection of short films that document life and livelihoods in Ireland s towns and villages. (Terryglass National School 11am to 5pm daily).

Tipperary-based Lynn Kirkham will host two drop in workshops on Friday August 18 and Saturday August 19 to create artworks based on plant life. The artworks will be made during the festival with participation from garden enthusiasts, residents and visitors to the village in making the art, from five years upwards.

Terryglass Arts Festival will host a bumper programme of 60 workshops providing a weekend bursting with fun filled entertainment for all the family. From cupcake decorating and bakery demonstration to finger painting, rush work, phone photography and ink drawings there is something for children and adults of all ages. (Admission charges 5- 20).

Family entertainment continues over the weekend with film screenings, street theatre and much more.

Saturday evening, August 19, sees a change to previous years programming with non-stop entertainment in the village from 5pm. The evening events kick off with a screening of the enchanting animation Song of the Sea at 5pm, and is followed by live entertainment with circus skills, mime artists, stilt walkers and a juggling show. With live music from One Horse Pony and the fire show finale it s not to be missed!

The festival concludes on Sunday August 20, with a food and craft fair, street entertainment with Grant Goldie and free music entertainment from the dynamic and culturally diverse Galway Street Club. A 14 piece collective of buskers based in Galway and joined by band members from Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, USA, Russia and Argentina, they will have Terryglass Village rocking with a energetic set of Reggae, Folk, Trad, Ska and Rock.

For further information please contact Terryglass Arts Festival www.terryglassartsfestival.ie or email info@terryglassartsfestival.ie .

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