The Five Lamps Arts Festival 2016 was launched last night in the Dublin Docklands Authority Building. The festival, which runs from 28th February to 16 March, is set to outshine previous years and the bar is very high. In 2015, for example, there were 69 performances of 43 shows in 17 venues. The 2016 Festival has a mix of performances for Body and Soul, Children, Community, Explorations, Film, Literature, Music and of course Theatre. There will also be a series of events to commemorate 1916. There were rousing demonstration from artists at the launch performing excerpts from the festival programme.
Carol Hanney, in her first formal engagement as CE of CDETB, helped to launch the festival. She said, ‘I have been aware of this festival for years now and have seen it grow from strength to strength.
This Festival celebrates all that is good about art, artists, performers and the local community.
It reflects the work we do in CDETB – we share a common ethos – a commitment to inclusivity, participation, and to being ambitious and innovative’.
The Festival was established in 2007 as an initiative of Marino College of Further Education. The college is located beside the Five Lamps. Today the college is still heavily involved with the support of a large group of volunteers. Ms Hanney paid tribute to Principal Blake Hodgkinson and his team at Marino College, particularly Festival Director Roisin Lonergan for her commitment, creativity, organisational and motivational skills in bringing about this, the tenth Five Lamps Festival.
Roisin Lonergan paid tribute to her student’s creativity and organisational capacity in what she described as a wonderful collaboration between the education and the voluntary sector.
Jack Gilligan, former Arts Officer from Dublin City Council and now Chair of the new Board of Five Lamps Festival paid tribute to this very special community of artists and spoke about the ambitious aims of the festival.
Here is a flavour what’s coming up – and this is just in the Marino College campus, Connolly House:
- 2nd March Holistic Indian Head and Back Massage, Beauty Therapy Rooms, Connolly House.
- 2nd March Swan Concert: Swan Youth Service Music Group
- 5th March Punch Lion Kids’ Comedy Club
- 5th March ‘Mary, Mary Viking Storyteller’
- 9th and 12th Magician Brendan Lambe
- 10th March Welcome Café
- 11th March ‘Midwife of a Nation’
- 11th March James Connolly Day at Connolly House
- 12th March Shadow Puppetry Workshop
- 13 March The Zurmakhti Ensemble presents singing Medicine
- 14 March ‘Fractures’ by Uncut Diamonds (Drama Group)
- And every day – an installation ‘Investigating our local environment’
For more details visit the festival website HERE.
For details about courses at Marino College visit the college website HERE.