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Festival in a Van brings the joy of live music back on the road

2 min read

Festival in a Van brings the joy of live music back on the road

2 min read


Festival in a Van brings the joy of live music back on the road

Festival In A Van is new mobile live outdoor venue that brings the magic of live Covid safe performances to community settings around the country. Supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, Festival in a Van offers local audiences and event organisers with a completely mobile and flexible solution to the current restrictions of live performance.

Three vans have been transformed into mini mobile pop-up venues, with drop down staging and full sound and lighting rigs. Led by a team of theatre professionals, Festival in a Van team have re-configured the indoor performance experience to an outdoor setting with a mission to support artists and give small communities access to live cultural experiences. The team of sound technicians, stage and production managers, all with full Covid safety training, will travel with the vans, thereby providing welcome employment to events support industry.

The show hit the road today with performances in the grounds of rest homes and housing estates in Carraroe, Clifden, Tuam, Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Galway City. Programmed and supported Culture by the Galway 2020 European Capital of these shows marked the International Day of the Older Person.

Here’s the irrepressible Barcello Brothers signing off in Loughrea.

Festival in a Van - Barcello Brothers

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Next stop will be Newcastle West, County Limerick for the Éigse Michael Hartnett Festival on 3rd October for a series of readings from festival participants including Donal McCann, Rachel English and Colum McCann.

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