Midsummer Arts Festival this June in Naas

Louise McCarthy

Reporter:

Louise McCarthy

Naas town

The fourth annual Midsummer Arts Festival takes place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June in Naas, Co. Kildare.

This year, the festival moves to Abbey Street, running from The Moat Theatre, down to Basin Street and to the Harbour. Taking on a new theme and logo this year,  the Festival’s theme for 2019 is “Mythology”.

Several exciting acts and events have been lined up for the summer event, with more to be revealed in the coming weeks.

The first major announcement by the Festival Committee came on Friday evening when Dublin based band, The Riptide Movement, was announced as the headline act.

Known for chart toppers such as “The Elephant in the Room” and “All Works Out”, the modern rock quartet will perform in St. David’s Church, Naas on Saturday, 22nd June. The Riptide Movement’s new EP 'I'll Be There' will be launched in May 2019.

Tickets will cost €25 and are available from The Moat Theatre from Tuesday 2nd April at 11am.

Renowned Irish singer John Spillane is writing and recording a new song about the town of Naas and its fascinating local mythology. Spillane will be accompanied by Nás Na Rí Singers the song for the first time at the Midsummer Arts Festival.

 

A Pop-up Fairy Trail by Nature’s Sculptures will appear in the town, as well as up-cycled decorations and workshops by Dross Evolution. There will be an art walk and workshops will include Photography, Drumming, Arts and Crafts and Dance. Naas Adventure Centre will offer kayaking and water zorbing in the Harbour area and brilliant events  will be back to entertain families. A Reptile Zoo, reflecting the Naas emblem of the serpent, will feature for the first time.

Recently announced for the weekend is the O’Brien’s Craft Beer Festival, taking place in The Moat Theatre on Saturday 22nd June, 2pm to 6pm. Brewers from all over Ireland will be in attendance for this over 18 event. Tickets will cost €15 and will be available from O’Brien’s Wines Naas and The Moat Theatre.