37th Dunlavin Arts Festival gets underway!

Weekend of family fun and great entertainment, art exhibitions a-plenty, fun Dog Show, music and ceilí

Rose B O'Donoghue

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Art exhibitions will be hosted at various venues around Dunlavin this weekend including the Court House. The Festival offers a very inclusive range of family entertainment on Saturday and Sunday

Last night, Dunlavin Arts Festival kicked off in the new vegan restaurant, An Lár, with an informal Festival Miscellany by Dunlavin Writers Group. The Dunlavin based festival is one of the most inclusive and varied weekend festivals you're ever likely to experience!

Renowned for its historic support of local artists and artisans, the 37th Dunlavin Arts Festival offers an amazing few days of drama, art on display, ceilí, 'Runlavin', an evening of orchestral music, music in the pubs, plus great fun for the kiddies and families – and amazingly, all events bar the orchestral concert are completely FREE of charge!

The West Wicklow village has built upon its festival over the years, with the historic Court House at the centre of activities. There's no shortage of exhibitions to see and coffee shops close to the Court House. Sunday sees a great afternoon of entertainment with craft stalls at the Green on the day – fun, rooting and shopping a plenty!

An Lár, a vegan restaurant opened in the past 12 months is now hugely popular and is hosting some events over the festival.

Margaret Lynott, co-ordinator of the festival acknowledged the huge support of sponsors Wicklow County Council, Wickow County Library Services, Dunlavin Dairies, Merrins Centra, Dublin Products, Silversteam Nursing Home, Londis Dunlavin, an Lár and Chomp Bakery.

“The goodwill from our business community and our main sponsors is vital to the ongoing success of the festival. To the many volunteers and committee members who deliver a super festival year in, year out, we'd like to say a hearty 'thank you'. Last by no means least, many thanks to all our participating artists, musicians and performers. Do drop down to Dunlavin from Thursday 20 to Sunday, 23 June– there's plenty to see and plenty to be enjoyed at the 37th Dunlavin Arts Festival”.

Margaret, whose late husband John, was a first cousin of the late Philomena Lynott, mother of Irish rocker, Phil, passed on condolences to the extended Lynott family. "Philomena was a great character, a lovely lady and opened our festival in recent years" said Margaret  "Lord rest her soul".


Friday - 21 June

18.30 All Galleries Open

19.30 Official opening of the Arts Exhibitions by local award winning writer Robert Barrett, followed by music by Dorly O'Sullivan and Phil Callery in the Market House

21.30 Set Dance Ceilí Imaal Hall. Refreshments served – all proceeds go to St Bridgid's Hospice


Saturday 22 June

10.00am Runlavin

11am-17.00 Squash Court Film Running

12.00 All Exhibitions open

14.00 Concert in St Nicholas where Grangebeg Campill Theatre present 'Decisions, Decisions'

A short selection of plays and sketches by members of the Grangebeg Community devised around the theme of decisions in daily life, from small decisions to big ones. 

15.00 Tumble Circus on Dunlavin Green

15.35 Puppet Show in Imaas Hall

16.00 Overheard in An Lá

This is a first for in the recent history of the festival with the presentation of a work of indigenous theatre here in Dunlavin by Andrew Buchanan, Nick Bryson and Signe Dempelsone. Two brothers, after very different life choices, are once again brought back together by financial need. Free admission but places are limited, so get in early! 

20.00 Concert in St Nicholas Church with St Agnes Chamber Orchestra. Admission €10 a delightful concert of classical music from a youth string chamber orchestra travelling down from Crumlin. 30 members will play – an event not to be missed!

21.00 Bingo in Imaal Hall

21.30 Charlie Lawlor performs his favourite songs at Burke's Pub

Sunday - 23 June - All Exhibitions Open

11.00 Taster Pilates Class Upstair in An Lár Café

12.00 Craft Fair in Imaal Hall

Mass with The Ashbourne Choir

Overheard in An Lár (as Saturday's event above)

16.00 Over 50's Walking soccer - Astro Turf Playground

17.00 Live music in Burke's Pub

Fun on the Green - great family fun!

Dublin Circus Project on Dunlavin Green 

Juggling, Acro balancing, tiny bikes  and clowning fun! 

Drumming Workshop on Dunlavin Green by master drummer Martin Scharer  

Dog Show on Cow Green 

Cartoon Character Show: Come meet life size PJ Masks, Peppa Pig and more! 

 Mc Cormick's Puppet Shows on Dunlavin Green: “The Rat The Flea and The Pee!” ; "The Chinese Princess and the Cricket " 

Punch and Judy lively adventures with the crocodile - and the sausages!. 

Tumble Circus on Dunlavin Green which provide a unique experience of innovative and contemporary Irish circus,  

specializing in high skill circus – theatre and comedy. 

Food Stalls on the Green All Day


Dunlavin Festival of Arts

For more information or to take part in next year festival:

email dunlavinarts@gmail.com

www.dunlavinartsfestival.ie