More events added to Newbridge’s Junefest

Launch of June Fest by Hannah Ryan, Kildare Rose at Linear Park Newbridge. Terry Moore, Danny Gainey, Noel Heavey, Hannah Ryan, Kildare Rose. Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
The upcoming summer festival for Newbridge, Junefest, which takes place over this June bank holiday weekend, has added more festivities to its line up,

The upcoming summer festival for Newbridge, Junefest, which takes place over this June bank holiday weekend, has added more festivities to its line up,

The festival committee has promised a little something for everybody this year during the four day event from Thursday, May 30 to Monday, June 3.

Some of the events include an holistic healing day, a circle dance, children’s story telling, a gig with singer John Spillane. a ramble on the Curragh, a reconstruction of the Magadelene Laundries and a ‘risk it after party’.

The family day will be held in the Park on Sunday, June 2, which starts at 2pm promises lots of activities including model trains, local crafts, performances by student’s from the various stage and dance schools in the town as well as buskers, craft demonstrations, pets corner, games corner with the special birds of paradise.

“We are very proud to welcome the marvellous Patrician Primary School Band who will give a short recital from the bandstand,” said PRO Terry Moore.

“All this is for free, so why not join in the fun for all the family? Our big wish is to show the wonderful creativity that is in our lovely town. We hope to have something for everyone to enjoy.”

The exhibition of the paintings by Newbridge Active Retirement Group Newbridge will be open two days before the festival for to all to view in the Library from Tuesday, May 28 until June 6 next.

The festival is run by volunteers, called Red Events, and is principally funded by Newbridge Town Council.

It is an artist-led, community-based festival, designed to showcase the creative produce and enterprising spirit of the people of Newbridge.

Described as an organic, home-grown festival, the events and activities are all organised by local people working as individual artists or through clubs, societies or projects. They include gigs, exhibitions, performances, walks, talks and markets, all scattered across the town and over three days and nights.

JuneFest 2013 reclaims, with art and events, spaces in the town that have become disused in the recession, such as vacant shop units and malls. The festival also emphasises the outdoors, with many events occurring at street-level, along walks, in the park, and in back yards. It also builds on the memory of Newbridge’s earlier festival, Bealtaine Arts Festival, and is galvanized by the energy of Red Events. Red Events is a collective of volunteers who describe themselves as making space in the town for creative things to happen.

Other events include a “Gathering of Colours” art exhibition will be on show at The Court Yard, showcasing a fine array of Irish art of oils and water colour paintings, sculptures and bog oak.

The Liffey Writers, Scribblers, Cill Dara Writers and Writeen will share their writings, along with local singers and musicians in an evening entitled ‘Creative Fusions’ in the Church of Ireland on Thursday, May 30 at 7.30pm.

Also reading extracts from their published works will be local writers Michael Gannon and Joe Connolly. The evening promises to be a celebration of the written word.

- Paula Campbell