THANK YOU everyone! The Midsummer Arts Festival may be the baby of all the festivals, being just 2 years old but it certainly packed a punch!
A small committee, dedicated to putting the sass back in Naas & Sallins, aimed to demonstrate what can happen when positive energetic minds get together for the greater good of a town. The result; year 2 of The Midsummer Arts Festival.
To our Sponsors, Kildare County Council, URBACT, Irish Dog Foods, Naas Lions Club, Eilis Quinlan & Co Accountants, The Bridgewater Inn, Osprey Hotel, Punchestown Racecourse, O’Connor Harrington Estate Agents, The Moat Theatre, Suprvalu Sallins, Sherry Fitzgearld O’Reilly, O’Reilly Pharmacy, Naas & Newbridge Nationalist, Liam Maloney Solicitors, Clancys Cabs; Supporters & Friends, Alice’s Restaurant (Eibhlin), Mark & crew at McAuley Place, Collective Sounds, Philp Heak, Naas Adventure Sports, Tom Noone, Kildare Youth Services, Naas Library staff, Mens’ Shed, Sallins & Naas, SkyQuest, Kildare Youth Services, Civil Defence, Order of Malta, Naas, Tidy Towns, An Garda Siochana, Naas Parish Committee, Naas Zumba, Conor Furey & Associates, Downda Road Productions, Barker & Jones, Jam Music, Kavanaghs Pub, Brennans Hardware, Johnswood Press & all the Naas & Sallins Businesses who took part.
The Midsummer Festival would not have been possible without all of you, huge thanks.
The Festival kicked off with a Launch Night at The Moat Theatre, Naas on June 22nd featuring the Naas Youth Orchestra, followed by the wonderful play Pride & Prejudice. There was music all around Naas & Sallins Friday June 23rd with Sive & Friends in PS Coffee Roasters, Hally featured in Alices, Hvmmingbird delighted in FATE Restaurant; Backstage @ The Bridgewater Inn in Sallins featured some great local talent, Fia Rua, Bunoscionn, Des Hopkins and many more talented folk.
Naas on Saturday 24th was electric, eclectic, colourful and fun. The Poplar Square Big Stage featured DABBING, Bosco, Backstage Academy, Irish Dancing, Naas Zumba Group. Adrenaline junkies were catered for down to the Harbour for Water Zorbing & a Climbing wall, and The Art Battle, Kayaking and live music.
There was wonderful artwork on every rail!
McAuley place hosted a craft fair, John Spillane’s song writing workshop, Tai Chi, Arts Workshops, Craft Fair and their wonderful Afternoon Tea, plus much more!
Naas library held Magic & Face painting and St. Davids was the place to be to see the stars! The outdoor Planetarium proved a great hit. Alice’s Restaurant brought a taste of Irish from the Pop up Gaeltacht featuring Kill Comhaltas, Set Dancing and Kildare’s Traddest Family! Congrats all who took part and the winners.
Latte Art at The Duck & Cup Café featured Latte Art, there was fun with Johnny MaGory at Barker & Jones, Gypsy Jazz at Urban Kitchen, a play about local people at Kavanaghs Pub ‘Who will separate Us’ and Youth Plays ‘Delicious Intent; from KYT in TENTS.
The Big Music event on the night which concluded the festival was at St David’s and featured the wonderful Declan O Rourke.
Check out our website & facebook for loads of pics and see you in 2018 for more magic!!