The 8th annual Gap Arts Festival takes place in Ballythomas this weekend, August 10-12th, and the organising committee has put together a fine programme of events that will interest young and old.
“Out at Ballythomas there is no village, no crossroads, no theatre, but every year we build one, and bring professional theatre, film, music, art poetry and workshops,” said Festival Chairperson Jacinta McGovern.
She outlined that in eight years, 19 artists have hosted 39 theatre, photography, poetry, dance, drama, painting, puppetry, film-making and storytelling workshops with over 1,200 participants, young and old.
This years’ highlight will be the premiere of a short film on Titania’s Palace, “From Kilanerin to Legoland” which is is a Sunday lunchtime special.
Saturday night will be extraordinary too! They have the Gig@The Gap – six hours of local bands from 6.30 pm to 12.30 am. Beat that for stamina!
What began as a two-day festival has now developed into an all-year presence.
The Giant Puppets was awarded the Wexford County Council and Gorey Municipal District Council Award at the Gorey St Patrick’s Day Parade and the Pat Doran Perpetutal Trophy for “best overall float” at Carnew. There was also an appearance at the Coolgreany parade and more is planned for 2019.
The Gap Festival helped organise the recent Day For Philip, a celebration of the life and work of Hollyfort poet and author Philip Casey at St. John’s Church, Hollyfort.
The Gap Arts Festival was recognised last year as “a unique festival” and awarded the prestigeous EFFE Label by the European Festivals Association.
Full information is available on www.gapartsfestival.com