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Clonmel Festival – 10 days – 1st-10th July 2011

Thursday, 2 June, 2011

Clonmel Junction Festival - another reason to visit Ireland!

Clonmel Junction Festival (CJF), established over 11 years ago in the picturesque walled town of Clonmel, has just announced the line up for this years 10 day festival in early July. Now in its 11th year CJF has continued to grow from strength to strength and invites everyone to be part of the 2011 Festival.

Each year, the Festival has a varied and unique theme and this year will celebrate participation. The theme weaves its way around the entire programme offering everyone an opportunity to be part of the action. From clowning workshops which culminate in a festival theatre show, choral workshops building up to live festival concert performances, the community bunting project which creates flags to decorate the town during the festival; or taking part in one of the many workshops that take place daily in the artist cafes, Clonmel Junction Festival is committed to getting involved in many different ways.

THEATRE

The theatre programme offers an exciting blend of the established the emerging, and the International with a number of world premieres of new Irish work .

The International Theatre Programme includes the Edinburgh Fringe First Winning production BOUND, a maritime adventure story from Bear Trap Theatre in the UK, FLHIP FLHOP from Rannell Theatre Company also from the UK, and the captivating STICKS, STONES & BROKEN BONES, a shadow puppetry show from Mr Bunk. Irish work also features strongly. Clonmel Junction Festival is delighted to present the World Premiere of Barabbas Theatre Company’s CITY OF CLOWNS which is being co-produced with the Festival, this innovative show features Barabbas founder member Raymond Keane in the role of Febril and incorporates up to 50 local participants who will have taken part of clowning workshops throughout May and June in Clonmel and THE BLONDE, THE BRUNETTE & THE VENGEFUL REDHEAD, from The Theatre Project is an Irish Premiere of the award winning Australian drama featuring Le Coq trained Irish actress Ruth Lehane.

Whilst working with many established theatre practitioners Clonmel Junction Festival is also delighted to support and offer some emerging theatre makers a platform in the Emerging Artist Series which includes two world premieres.

The newly formed Cork company Cheery Wild featuring Clonmel Actress Aideen Wylde,’s will premiere LOVE ALL, a grisly tale of the demise of De Vere Gould, Ireland’s only ever Wimbledon finalist.

Entres Les Mots returns to Clonmel to premiere their latest creation MA-DAM, Following on the resounding success of A Spoonful of Silence at last years festival. Iranian company Anu Artist Group present TRIO which explores the boundaries the young artists in Iran have learned to live with. The last show in the Emerging Artist Series I AM A MAN, recounts the life and imagined loves of a cashier, set at a supermarket checkout.

CAFES CARTE BLANCHE

In 2009, Clonmel Junction Festival introduced the innovative Cafes Carte Blanche programme, an initiative whereby empty shops and premises were taken over and converted into artists’ spaces offering along with a coffee the opportunity to engage in a variety of arts activities. These cafes have been a huge success. Last year over 6000 people passed through the seven cafes over nine days. This year, CJF has commissioned sound artist Maurice Caplice, writer and social choreographer Jeffrey Gormley, story tellers Nina Tanis and Fiona Dowling, Hip hop and break dance facilitator Banxsy and Clonmel Artist Collective Arthive.

ROCK AND COMEDY

This year the rock and comedy lineup includes Declan O’Rourke and his band, Gemma Hayes, Fight like Apes, Jamie Lawson, and Royseven (whose front man Paul Walsh hales from Clonmel).

WORLD MUSIC

One of the distinctive flavours of the Festival over the years, has been the eclectic mix of world music artists. This year, the world music programme includes Flamenco singer Mary Lambourne, French Cuban band La Zikabilo and Chadian afro pop outfit H’Sao.

Other events include a “Dancing in the Streets” competition, Food and Craft Fair, Street Entertainment, free daily music performances and a delightful Festival Finale set in the magnificent grounds of Raheen House Hotel.

More at http://www.junctionfestival.com/

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