Newbridge 200 festival takes shape

The Newbridge 200 office opened its doors last week in preparation for the Newbridge 200 festival taking place from the 6 to the 16 September.

The Newbridge 200 office opened its doors last week in preparation for the Newbridge 200 festival taking place from the 6 to the 16 September.

Located on the Avenue beside the GAA shop, the Festival HQ will be a hive of activity over the coming weeks and throughout the festival.

Newbridge 200 will mark the bicentenary of the town with events that capture the essence of Newbridge including music, drama, art, sport, history and a host of fun community and family events.

According to festival chairman David O’Reilly “the festival is going to be great fun but will also be a significant event marking a town with an extraordinary history and culture. The festival is only the beginning of the celebrations, many events will be running throughout the bicentenary year but it is a moment for Newbridge to take pride in its past and look with confidence towards its future.”

Included in the line-up are a spectacular parade, concerts, exhibitions, street theatre and an exhibition GAA match with a fireworks extravaganza to close the festival.

The Whitewater stage will be home to some of the best talent to come out of Newbridge and Kildare with an eclectic mix of entertainment from classical to pop and rock live music and will run from 4-9pm on both Fridays of the festival on The Avenue.

The festival parade promises to be another highlight featuring an array of vintage and military vehicles including Sliabh Na Mban, General Michael Collins’ car, and the oldest fire engine in Britain or Ireland. The parade finishes at Newbridge College, which is also the location for the Taste of Newbridge festival.

Nua, the feile by the river, is described as ‘a festival within a festival’, which will have live music, workshops, street theatre and a food village, and is Newbridges’s version of the Electric Picnic. The festival will close with a free concert and fireworks display at St Conleth’s Park.

- Paula Campbell