This weekend see’s a myriad of festivals, including Oxegen, Castlepalooza and Indiependence, however there is one new festival located very close to Dublin that will cater for all the family, BIG HOUSE Festival in Celbridge Co. Kildare. See below for details and options for accommodation:
BIG HOUSE Festival is a cultural carnival of ‘Musical Adventures, Theatrical Treats & Hidden Gems’ where every part of the majestic Castletown House, woodlands, meadows and estate will be programmed with arts, music, film and entertainment. Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, BIG HOUSE has something for everyone from ages 1-100.
In order to make the festival as accessible and affordable as possible, BIG HOUSE Festival has teamed up with The Court Yard Hotel to create a fantastic festival package for visitors looking for a weekend break with a difference. Enjoy a luxury stay at the Court Yard Hotel, nestled on the banks of the River Liffey in the heart of Leixlip village, just a short drive away from Castletown House.
Available packages include; overnight accommodation, breakfast, a day pass to the BIG HOUSE Festival and drinks vouchers upon arrival for €79.50 per person sharing (based on two persons per room) or overnight accommodation, breakfast, a three course dinner in the River Bank Restaurant and a day pass to the festival for €96.50 per person sharing (based on two persons per room). Spend this August bank holiday weekend making memories in the magnificent surroundings of Castletown House and its sprawling parklands as they come alive with hundreds of top-drawer artists, musicians and exhibitions. For further information regarding festival packages visit www.courtyard.ie/specials
Alternatively, full day tickets are now available from only €22.50 with great family value tickets on sale for just €45. Tickets booked now available of advance booking discounts at www.bighouse.ie.
BIG HOUSE is the perfect setting for the youngest art lovers to play, explore and absorb the cultural carnival on offer, to be inspired and let their imaginations run wild. Working with some of the best artists and arts organisations in Ireland the festival has some real treats in store, guaranteed to keep young minds mesmerized. Highlights include; the Ukulele Céilí workshop which brings the traditional Céilí to life where children will get the chance to dance, play and join together for one big hooli. The Irish Museum of Modern Art present ‘Garden Folly’; an exhibition that’s every child’s dream – no matter how old – where you are invited to get your hands dirty and build forts, cubby houses and fairy castles. The Children’s Trail is sure to keep feet and minds racing with adventure as families put their sleuthing skills to the test with a scavenger hunt like no other.
BIG HOUSE highlights so far include: Jack L, Jerry Fish’s Carnivale Show, award-winning comedy dance troupe ponydance presenting Anybody Waiting?, Big House Parliament (an alternative citizen’s parliament run by Mindfield and The Sky Cat Laugh’s Naoise Nunn), The Ark’s Ukulele Céilí workshop for children, award-winning hit Farm from Willfred Theatre Company, a film programme presented by the Irish Film Institute, Theatre Lovett featuring Louis Lovett, Choice Music Prize winner Julie Feeney in a special event in the Long Gallery of Castletown, trad legends LAPD (Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn & Paddy Glackin), 3 separate recitals from classical ensemble Musici and visual art installations from artists such as Oisín Byrne, Almha Roche and Áine Phillips. Renowned international artists including Michael Trainor, Laura Kriefman and Claire Hodgson will also present work for BIG HOUSE. This is just a small selection of a much bigger programme.
BIG HOUSE is the brainchild of The Performance Corporation, Ireland’s award-winning site-specific theatre company, based at Castletown House.
Dublin Bus is official festival partner and will schedule additional buses on Route 67 for festival goers during the weekend. Route 67 will bring you to the the gates of Castletown House. If driving, Castletown House is only 20 mins drive from Dublin. For transport options, directions and full programme details log onto www.BigHouse.ie.
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THE VENUE – CASTLETOWN HOUSE, CELBRIDGE, CO. KILDARE
BIG HOUSE is Ireland’s first site-specific arts festival. The event continues a 300-year tradition of arts and entertainment at Castletown House. This Palladian mansion was built in the 1720′s as a country getaway for Ireland’s richest man William Conolly – Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. Since then the house has played host to princes, rock stars and presidents’ wives. 18th century theatrical superstar Sarah Siddons performed at the house at a miniature Greek temple in the grounds that still bears her name. James Joyce visited in the early 1900′s and the American poet Robert Lowell lived in the house in the 60′s. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull partied at Castletown when it was owned by Desmond Guinness – a member of the famous brewing dynasty. And Jackie Kennedy drew the crowds when she came to call in 1967. Even the Devil came to dinner one night back in the 1700′s according to one of the many colourful stories associated with Castletown House.
BIG HOUSE PARTNERS
OPW | Kildare County Council | Dublin Bus | IPB / The Gathering | Entertainment.ie
The Arts Council | Kildare Leader Fund. BIG HOUSE is a flagship event for The Gathering 2013.
The Court Yard Hotel in Leixlip is BIG HOUSE Festival’s accommodation partner.
WHO IS BEHIND BIG HOUSE?
BIG HOUSE Festival is the brainchild of The Performance Corporation: Ireland’s award-winning site-specific theatre company, based at Castletown House. It has created ground-breaking work in Ireland, America, the UK, Finland and Kenya. Recent work includes Swampoodle – a large-scale performance in Washington DC, as part of Culture Ireland’s 2011 Imagine Ireland programme and Across the Lough, a work for a tiny audience on a row boat.The Programme Director and Curator of BIG HOUSE is Jo Mangan @jomangan. www.ThePerformanceCorporation.com
The Ark is a unique, purpose-built cultural centre in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar, where children aged 2 -12 can explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more. Its programme of world class performances, exhibitions and creative workshops changes every few weeks, so expect a different experience every visit! www.theark.ie
The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film. www.ifi.ie
Diverse City works to make the performing arts accessible to all and aim to have industry and arts training to resemble the real world. It is vital that all people in society see themselves in the performing arts. The world of theatre, dance television and film should speak about all our lives and experience.