The Five Lamps Arts Festival 2019

Posted April 1, 2019 in Arts & Culture Features

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The Five Lamps Arts Festival is going to light up your cultural heart in the northside 1st to 7th April with amazing artistic performances. Through the work of countless volunteers the Five Lamps Arts Festival has gone from strength to strength over the years, promoting the arts through engagement in education and community settings across the North East Inner City.  The Five  Lamps Arts Festival supports a smorgasbord of activity throughout the year, providing ongoing access to Arts related activities across the varied communities, old and new, of Dublin’s North East Inner City.

So, check out the website where you will find festival highlights including:

The Nobel Call a new play by Michael Harnett, starring Vinnie McCabe and Noni Stapleton and 6 Days the story of 1916 told by Frank Shouldice about his grandfather in the Rising.

Roxane Sean O’Casey Theatre Thursday 4th @7pm

Joe O’Byrne will premier his new play Strike World War 1 in Marino College Connolly House.

There are also loads of children’s events including Stand up Comedy 6th April in Charleville Mall Library.

Unfit for purpose Sean O’Casey Theatre Thursday 4th @7pm

Go for a walk along the Clontarf seafront listening to the Voyage of Amergin through music and stories on Sunday 7th. Walk around the area with local historians and also with your phones on the audio walks.

For Circus performances go to see the Fanzini Brothers in Ballet Poulet and the aerial performance during Heartbeat Saturday 6th April.

Areal Performance Marino College Heartbeat Saturday 6th @8.30pm

In Poetry Ireland, Paula Meehan a northside treasure and Colm Keegan will recite their work 3rd April.

While you have your coffee in Cloud Cafe you will be in the Terrain exhibition where some of Ireland’s finest artist will be exhibited, Alison Pilkington, James Hanley, Stephen Loughman etc.

Act the Maggot workshops Saturday 6th from 11 am

There you will meet Fiona Dowling an artist who can paint a postcard for you.In the Grand Social there will be an explosion of song and music from great female vocal artists in Women Who Rock.

The finale concert will have blues and big band sounds from Catfish Blues Orchestra and Street Life finishing  with northside’s own Gardiner Street Gospel cry and so Halleluia!

The Festival Team together with Schools and community groups from Sheriff Street and Sean McDermott Street and the surrounding north east inner city area are buzzing in anticipation of the Festival!  The Festival Committee is delighted to secure additional funding this year under the North East Inner City Initiative and welcome this endorsement of the vibrant arts sector that exists in this part of the city.

Speaking in advance of the launch Minister Paschal Donohoe said, “The Five Lamps Arts Festival Programme 2019 is a very clear indicator that the Arts sector is very much alive and well in Dublin’s North East Inner City.  The annual Festival does tremendous work in providing a platform to showcase the range of creative talent and venues that exist in the area and to foster constantly emerging new talent. 

The Festival is also an important community engagement forum giving local people an opportunity to enjoy a range of arts activities generating a sense of pride in the many great people and places in the North East Inner City. I wholeheartedly endorse the funding commitment under the North East Inner City Initiative and expect that the Five Lamps Arts Festival will continue to be an important player in the Government’s ongoing programme of social regeneration of the area”

The Magic of Water Wednesday 3rd @6.30

Michael Stone, Chairman of the NEIC Programme Implementation Board said, “The Festival has evolved year after year due to the tireless commitment and passion of a core group of people who give generously of their time on a voluntary basis.  This dedication to the local community and promotion of the wealth of talent and creativity that exists here is worthy of continued support by state agencies.  I am very happy therefore to commit my support to the 2019 Festival through the North East Inner City Initiative.  This is in recognition of the work that is being done by the Five Lamps Arts Festival to positively promote the area not only during the Festival itself but throughout the year through their involvement in a range of other activities and events.”

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