Kildare Rose launches Junefest

Pictured at the launch of Junefest last week were Cllr Fiona O Loughlin, Liz Dowling, Leah Clooney-Gainey, Pauline Clooney, Jennifer Taffe, Noel Heavey, Hannah Ryan, Kildare Rose. Veronica Bagnall, Damien Molyneaux, Danny Gainey, Martina McCormack, and Eadaoin Burke, Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
The upcoming summer festival for Newbridge, Junefest, which takes place over the June bank holiday weekend, was launched on Tuesday night last at the Liffey Linear Park.

The upcoming summer festival for Newbridge, Junefest, which takes place over the June bank holiday weekend, was launched on Tuesday night last at the Liffey Linear Park.

The Kildare Rose of Tralee, Hannah Ryan, officially cut the ribbon to launch the jam packed festival, which is now in it’s second year.

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.

“Our big wish is to show the wonderful creativity that is in our lovely town,” said PRO Terry Moore. “We hope to have something for everyone to enjoy.”

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 3 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.

- Paula Campbell