Festival Highlights 2019

Midsummer Arts Festival is back for its fourth year in 2019!

The fourth annual Midsummer Arts Festival takes place between Tuesday 18th and Saturday 22nd June 2019 in Naas, Co. Kildare.

This year, the festival moves to Abbey Street, running from The Moat Theatre to the Harbour. Taking on a new theme and logo this year,  the Festival’s theme for 2019 is Mythology.

NEW!!! Download the Full Midsummer Arts Festival Programme


The Riptide Movement

Headlining the Midsummer Arts Festival is top Irish band, The Riptide Movement!

Known for chart toppers such as “The Elephant in the Room” and “All Works Out”, the modern rock quartet will perform in St. David’s Church, Naas on Saturday, 22nd June at 8pm. The Riptide Movement’s new EP ‘I’ll Be There’ was launched in May 2019.

The band is supported by Kildare Singer Songwriter Peco. Tickets cost €25 and are available now from The Moat Theatre!

The Main Stage 

The Main Stage is on Abbey Street this year. Acts from Jam Music School open the day from midday. Local bands Created by Comets and Party at the Back will keep the party going until 8pm.

Renowned Irish singer John Spillane has written and recorded a new song about the town of Naas called “Nás N Ríogh – Naas of the Kings” and the album cover was designed by local artist Josephine Hardiman. Spillane will be accompanied by a Pop Up Choir directed by Sharon Murphy and Sadhbh O’Sullivan to perform the song for the first time, on the Mainstage at the Midsummer Arts Festival around 3pm.

SoulWorks is holding an open-mic night for young people.

Theatre, Comedy and Spoken Word

The Moat Club presents Brian Friel’s Lovers at The Moat Theatre from 18th – 22nd June. Tickets are €15/12 on www.moattheatre.com

The inaugural Naas International Poetry Festival featuring poets from all over Ireland and the world will take place in McAuley Place. The theme of the festival is ‘We, Ourselves, Our Place’.

Also at McAuley Place, Kildare Youth Theatre presents two performances of Séance.

Book Readings and other events will take place in Naas Library and Barker and Jones Bookshop.


Visual and Performing Arts

The Book of Kildare is an exhibition of calligraphy and watercolours by Kildare artist Josphine Hardiman. It is available for viewing throughout the month of June in the foyer of The Moat Theatre.

Taking place in Naas Library over two days, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June, is the exhibit Suntoucher, by Naas artists Andrew Barrett and Ronan O’Reilly.

Beauty and the Beast by Martina Shannon is a giant wire swan sculpture, approx 15 feet tall. It is filled with one days plastic waste from Naas.The purpose of the piece is to try and reduce the amount of confusion as to what types of plastic can and cant be recycle.

The Art Walk returns, displaying beautiful creations by local artists. Workshops will include Photography, Drumming, Drawing, Arts and Crafts and Dance.

Attendees may browse craft and art stalls by Kildare Craft Collective, local artists and crafters.

Dancers will entertain on the street.


Family Fun Events

Lots of fun will be had down at The Harbour with water based activities with the hugely popular Water Zorbing, Kayaking and other water activities from Naas Adventure Sports.

Brilliant Events’ Jumping Jack performs his magic show over the afternoon. There will be giant Inflatable fun with bouncy castles and human Whack-a-Mole!

Children’s Book Readings and other events will take place in Barker and Jones Bookshop and Naas Library. The Library hosts Story time and an Art Workshop with Steve Lally. The library’s mascots Rua and Oíche will also be there!

Author Emma-Jane Leeson from The Johnny Magory Company will be bringing her brand new bus to The Harbour for story time and adventure.

A new Fairy Trail by Nature’s Sculptures will be installed in  the town, starting at The Moat Theatre and running down Abbey Street to, and along the Grand Canal.

Food and Beverages

Hand crafted coffees and cakes are available from our fabulous Naas coffee shops and food from cafés and pubs. Please support local businesses!

Our launch takes place in Kavanagh’s on Main Street on Wednesday 19th June at 8.30pm.

The Bubblewaffle Company will be here! Lemongrass Fusion will be selling Asian inspired street food. Ice-cream and other treats will be available and more is to be announced.

Many of the artisan beverage creators in Kildare and around Ireland are exhibiting at O’Brien’s Craft Beer Fair, which is taking place in The Moat Theatre on Saturday 22nd June, 2pm to 6pm. Brewers from all over the country will be in attendance for this over 18 event. Tickets cost €15 and are from O’Brien’s Wines, Naas and www.moatheatre.com.

Traders – If you would like to sell something please send an email with your full details to   midsummeratrsfestival@gmail.com  and someone from our team will reply.

Visit our Events page for a full listing, information on our many free events and links to purchase tickets for venues where required.

Many more events will be be announced in the weeks leading up to the festival! We will have a full programme ready in the coming days. Please keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for regular updates.


With the kind support of Kildare County Council