Exciting, fun programme for annual Junction festival

Im forever blowing bubbles. Festival director David Teevan, Mayor Pat English and local children look forward to Clonmels Junction Festival, which runs from July 4-13. One of the featured shows is Omino, by LOmino Della Pioggio, a magical show for young and old, and described as a marvellous blend of classical Italian clowning and bubbles.
Magical bubbles from Italy, acrobatics from Australia, an opera, theatre in the streets, hotels, cafes and bars; gigs galore, street entertainment and lots more will be included in this year’s Junction Festival, which runs in Clonmel from July 4-10.

Magical bubbles from Italy, acrobatics from Australia, an opera, theatre in the streets, hotels, cafes and bars; gigs galore, street entertainment and lots more will be included in this year’s Junction Festival, which runs in Clonmel from July 4-10.

The full 14th annual festival programme goes online this week and distribution of brochures will begin before the

weekend.

The festival opens on Friday, July 4 with four shows that demonstrate the diversity of this annual event. For children and families there will be Omino by Michelle Caffagi from Italy, a slippy, soapy story of a little man who can’t get away from the weather.

This will be followed by the presentation of the opera Orfeo and Eurydice in a semi-staged version produced by the festival, and for which a high calibre team of soloists has been gathered to be led by Austrian conductor

Elizabeth Attl, with the Festival Choir playing the chorus.

Later in the evening O’Keeffe’s will host the ever popular Jason Byrne, who will be trying out his new show en route to the Edinburgh Festival, while rock music lovers can head to the Brewery Bar at Mulcahy’s for a double bill with local singer/songwriter Ruairi de Leaster debuting his new band Coloured Soul, who will be sharing the stage with Cork band Synergy.

The other big family event is the arrival in Clonmel of Knee Deep. Not since Nofit State Circus visited Clonmel in 2007 will the town have seen such a high quality circus show. Knee Deep is performed by the Casus Company from Australia, which has been touring the show for over two years, such is the demand.

In Clonmel they will be doing the show on a specially-built stage in the Gordon Street car park. This event is fully seated.

The programme also includes a listing of over 20 free gigs during the festival, four afternoons of street entertainment and the daily lunchtime gigs, Under The Arches.