Kinsale Arts Weekend reveals summer show programme 

Kinsale Arts Weekend reveals summer show programme 

Kinsale Arts Weekend has announced that this summer’s show will go on. 

Kinsale Arts Weekend has announced that this summer’s show will go on. 

From July 9-12, Kinsale will host a wealth of arts events and displays all safely within the confines of the current Covid-19 guidelines.

The specially-adapted programme includes everything from an underground children's art exhibition to a choral work based on Derek Mahon’s poem 'Everything is going to be alright'.

Kinsale Arts Weekend has commissioned the acclaimed composer Philip Pope to set Mahon's famous poem to music. 

Pope's work will be performed by a choir made up of local singers in a special virtual recital for Kinsale Arts Weekend.

As a celebration of UNESCO’s recent recognition of the Irish harp as "culturally unique", there will be a Harp Trail on the pedestrianised Main Street from Bastion to Bruno’s on Sunday afternoon.

As well as this, artist Kit French will demonstrate the basics of picture making and the principles of painting outside in a pre-recorded demo. 

This year, Kinsale Arts Weekend will also celebrate the artists of the future with children’s work on exhibit in the drive-through exhibition at SuperValu underground car park.

Additionally, Kinsale based theatrical events company, RSVP, will present three short plays to a drive-in theatre audience at 6pm on Friday, July 10 at the Saile Centre. 

The 45-minute performance is on an outdoor stage, where the audience view the action from the safety of their own vehicle.

Kinsale Arts Weekend Chairperson, Anna Mulcahy said she is delighted that the festival is going ahead. 

"As events were unfolding earlier this year, we faced the dilemma of what to do, if anything, for Kinsale Arts Weekend 2020, considering the huge uncertainty and restrictions that Covid-19 imposed.

"Our team of volunteers agreed that it would be great to do something to celebrate the arts, whilst adhering to the highest standard of Covid-19 restrictions in place in mid-July. 

"In a constantly-changing environment, adaptability and agility were vital. 

"I am so glad that we decided to do something, rather than nothing."

To view the full programme of events, visit www.kinsaleartsweekend.com.

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