Junction Festival 2013 is well underway, but the best is still yet to come, according to organisers, which says a lot, following the past week’s activities!
The event was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan in the Media Cave interactive space on Mitchell Street last Friday evening after he had been entertained by the brilliant Banna Chluain Meala outside the Festival Box Office on Parnell Street. In an unprecedented occurrence for the arts festival, the launch was also attended by two other ministers - Tom Hayes TD and Brian Hayes TD. The three ministers were welcomed to the town by the new Mayor of Clonmel Cllr Pat English. Also in attendance were local TDs Mattie McGrath and Seamus Healy, Arts Council officers Una McCarthy and David Parnell, and Claire Faithhorn from the British Council office in Dublin.
There was a full house for the European premiere of Madison’s Descent on Friday night, followed by a very successful ‘We Can Be Heroes’ concert in Gordon Street Car Park on Saturday. Near capacity houses for ‘Forgotten’, the Fishamble show with Pat Kinevane on Friday and Saturday ensured the Festival started with a bang and the first weekend was a terrific success. The programme continues all during this week and through to next Sunday afternoon when it ends with a garden party in Raheen House Hotel. Coming highlights include the visit of the award winning production of The Animals and Children Took to the Streets. This show, which runs for three nights in The Sisters of Charity Hall, has been touring throughout the world for over three years. The productions somewhat defies categorisation being quite unique in the way it mixes animation with live acting and music.
On Friday night the Festival will welcome Frankie Gavin and De Dannan back to town. The band last played here in the now closed Regal Theatre. The Junction Festival Concert with De Dannan will also feature the stunning Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali who will sing some of her own North African repertoire and then join Gavin and De Dannan for a collaborative finale.
On Saturday July 13 Englishman Christopher Bull will attempt to cross a 75 metre rope stretched across the River Suir. This death defying act will form the finale of a 45 minute concert by Banna Chluain Meala. Tickets for all Junction Festival shows are available online at junctionfestival.com or at the box office at 28 Parnell St. Call 052 6128521 for info or check out www.junctionfestival.com