Can it be cultural indulgence to see both The Starry Plough and Death of a Salesman in the one week AND then take in the amazingly comprehensive and diverse events at the Kilmainham Arts Festival?
Well I got a baptism of fire in my first contact with this incredible organisation when I attended the opening of the Festival by the Lord Mayor in the Patriots Inn on Friday 3 September 2010.
Not only did I get to renew old acquaintances but I got to observe a small band of dedicated Arts enthusiasts who organized and performed from the opening to the Festivals closing on the Saturday night.
The Festival has grown from the success of the Kilmainham Arts Club and is funded by Dublin City Council and supported by IMMA, The Hilton Hotel and the Patriot’s Inn.
Vawn Corrigan is the Organiser, who did a magnificent job – as did her Committee – in bringing together a vast range of Artists and performers, as well as a large and varied number of bands.
This spectacular Festival can only grow in stature, and with its programme as condensed as a Sirop de Cassis, there is every reason to suspect that it could run for a longer period. It was difficult to take in all that was on offer, and left me with a sense of regret not having been present for everything.
Some of my photographs can be viewed here.
You can learn more about the Kilmainham Arts Festival HERE