Midsummer madness planned for Naas and Sallins arts festival


Laura Coates laura.coates@leinsterleader.ie


Laura Coates laura.coates@leinsterleader.ie



Midsummer madness planned for Naas and Sallins arts festival

Isabelle and Aoibhinn Moore at the launch of the Moat Midsummer Arts Festival. Photo: Tony Keane

A new Midsummer Arts festival will hit the streets and theatres of Naas and Sallins at the end of the month.

On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June, there will be acrobatics, music, drama and much more to enjoy in the inaugural event sponsored by Kildare County Council and the Arts Festival Committee.

The two days of midsummer madness will see performances by Réalta, the acrobatic stilt performing duo (who do head stands!); a pop up planetarium; floating sculptures, internationally renowned juggler Johnny Phelan; and art installations with Ballymore Hearts and Crafts Studio.

Revellers can also enjoy gypsy jazz and recitals from the Naas School of Music, leave their mark with street chalk drawings and facepainting and enjoy circus workshop, and lots more.

A variety of art workshops will take place in St David’s Church grounds, along the canal in Sallins and at local venues and studios in Naas and Sallins.

Parents can relax with the kids and hear stories performed in the Storytelling Caravan at the Moat Theatre.

Plus, check out all the exhibitions in many different venues around the town, with work from Zita McGarry Kelly and Judith Henihan, to name a few!

On Saturday, June 25, the Harbour Fest at Naas Canal Harbour will showcase the best of traditional crafts and music, bi-lingual storytelling, wild food and even wilder coffee and latte Art from Duck & Cup, from 3pm on.

Other events include a bookmark making workshop and photographic exhibition at Naas Library, an interactive installation along Sallins canal bank, barge trips from Sallins to Soldier’s Island and pop up exhibitions in local venues throughout the town.

Mundy headlines Friday night in Lawlors thanks to CS Promotions, Mc Auley Place hosts David Agnew, Jinx Lennox the punk poet takes over Lock 13 in Sallins and Joan Talbot sings jazz with The Gerry Bradley Quartet at the Grange cafe, Sallins.

One Voice perform at the Bridgewater Inn and The Poetry Divas recite on a Barge on Sallins canal.

Plus Sive is doing a special workshop demonstrating how to create percussion with your body!

Hally and the Improvisors headline Saturday night in St David’s Church with support from Saoirse Casey, and if you are a night owl you can catch the urban music outfit Word Up Collective at a secret gig in Naas Town Centre.

For more information, log on to midsummerartsfestival.ie