Over 100 events for packed Clonmel Junction Festival programme

Clonmel Junction Festival was officially launched last week by festival director David Teevan with a large local audience. The festival takes over Clonmel from July 6-15 with all details on www.junctionfestival.com.

Clonmel Junction Festival was officially launched last week by festival director David Teevan with a large local audience. The festival takes over Clonmel from July 6-15 with all details on www.junctionfestival.com.

Mr Teevan said the Clonmel Junction Festival has over the last decade established itself as one of the most significant multi-arts festivals of the summer festival season programming a distinctive mix of high quality Irish and International theatre, circus, comedy and music.

The festival program was officially launched by a special acoustic by local Clonmel singer Paul Walsh and Royseven who will open the festival on Friday, July 6.

Mayor Darren Ryan, who launched the programme, said - “When you think back to 2001, when the Festival hosted just 4 shows and look at how far it has progressed and come along to be able to provide nearly 100 events this year.

“This does not come without hard work and determination, and on behalf of the people of Clonmel I want to extends my thanks and gratitude to the board and staff of the Clonmel Junction Festival. As Mayor, it gives me great pleasure to officially launch the brochure for Junction 2012.”

Speaking at the launch of the Bulmers Original Artists Rock Music element to Clonmel Junction Festival, Marcus Goodwin, Sponsorship Manager with Bulmers said - “We are delighted once again to support the Clonmel Junction Festival here in our home town this July. For many years, Junction Festival has brought a wide repertoire of home-grown and international artists to Clonmel. Bulmers Original Artists is very befitting to this unique and original festival.”

The festival is interwoven with a lattice of participatory arts activities, most notably the Cafés Carte Blanche programme, which each year offers a selection pop up cafés curated by different artists, in which the public and visiting performers and artists meet and engage in conversation and offer the possibility of creating work together.

This year’s international theatre programme highlights include Actors Theatre Company’s production of the controversial German play “The Golden Dragon” and the Norwegian feminist fairytale “The Girl with the Iron Claw”, a play performed with masks and puppets.

The music programme highlights include the legendary Malian blues guitarist Boubakar Traore, the rising Portuguese Fado Diva Viviane and an evening of Reggae with ex-Bob Marley band member Natty Wailer.

Local swing band The Pearly Whites will host French “Garage Swing” band Oncle Strongle, playing a full evening concert together and the Festival Finale event.

The rock music program is headlined by band of the moment Royseven, Crow Black Chicken and the Irish international DJ sensations Japanese Popstars.