Date: Starts Tuesday 23rd September 2008
Venue: At locations throughout Ranelagh Village
Tickets: Can be purchased Online or at the Festival Office
It’s a great pleasure to announce the programme for Ranelagh Arts Festival 2008. Once again, a totally voluntary committee has done a remarkable job in producing a festival that we feel sure will entertain and stimulate. This year, the emphasis is on the village, with loads of events around Ranelagh, making the festival hard to ignore. Walking tours, cycling tours, comedy circuits, an art exhibition that will loop around the village, street art and a magnificent engine puffing away on the Triangle – yes, folks, you are going to see plenty of activity.
Thanks to Dublin City Council and the Gardaí, our Family Fun Day and Children’s Pirates Parade to Ranelagh Gardens will make an even bigger impact than in previous years. Children of all ages are encouraged to get the old pirate costume down from the attic and join in the festivities.
Resident cultural groups, the Cullenswood Singers and the Ranelagh Players, have magnificent productions. And Helen Dillon once again opens her beautiful garden.
You can drop in to Humphrey’s Pub to see Kate Horgan’s exhibition of photographs and to Morton’s and Superquinn to see a film with Ranelagh residents reminiscing about yesteryears.
Lá Éigin in Scoil Bhríde celebrates 100 years of Pearse’s connection to Ranelagh – Liam Ó Maonlaí, Áine Ní Dhubhghaill and other musicians promise a very special tribute. Other music events include the Ranelagh Arts Festival Ball in Smyth’s Pub, featuring Pugwash and friends playing booty-shaking jive, and TriAngle in the Sugar Club in Leeson Street.
A very special visitor this year is Magnum photographer Martin Parr. Sports fans will enjoy David Scott’s lecture on The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing and an event on racing will be held in a bookmakers. The Cinemobile and Minicinefest return to Sandford Park School.
I would like to thank all our sponsors and friends, and take the opportunity to ask the residents of Ranelagh to support those businesses whose generosity makes the festival possible. I call on all residents to support the festival, join in the festivities and give a warm Ranelagh welcome to all performers and visitors at the Ranelagh Arts Festival 2008.