May 30th to June 2nd
Killorglin prepares to celebrate the best in emerging Arts, Music, Drama and Film at second annual K-Fest over June Bank Holiday Weekend
K-Fest, Ireland’s only dedicated emerging arts, music, drama, film and family entertainment festival, makes a welcome return this June Bank Holiday weekend (30th May to June 2nd) to the buzzing town of Killorglin, County Kerry. Highlights over the 4 days include 20 pop-up galleries featuring over 60 visual artists; nightly live original music acts; secret cine club and underground cinema, workshops, debates and family entertainment. For more information, or to book tickets, visit www.kfest.ie
In addition to the pop up galleries all over Killorglin town, the Arts programme also features a series of debates entitled ‘It’s Clever, but is it Art” in which a panel of industry professionals will discuss socially engaged art and the community and the wider debate on what criteria makes art – art? Entry to all exhibitions and debates are free.
‘If it’s too loud, you’re too old’! K-Fest boasts an impressive line up of some of Ireland’s most talented emerging acts, including Hermitage Green, Soak, RSAG, The Vincents, Toy Solider and this year’s Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year nominee DJ Daithi. There is a cover charge to some of the gigs. Check website for details and booking.
K-Fest will also host the Kerry Film Festival’s mysterious Secret Cine Club, where the screening of the film is secret until that morning and the name of the film is only revealed when the opening credits roll. The film programme will also include an Underground Cinema, showcasing a selection of Oscar nominated shorts; as well as documentaries, animation, and works from director Steph Green and IFTA award winning actor, Brendan Gleeson.
There is also an action packed family programme, promising fun and frolics for kids of all ages (young and not so young). It includes an art trail, interactive galleries, street performers and the screening of Moonman. Visitors to Killorglin will also be given the opportunity to view the country’s largest land art sculpture! Entitled, ‘Fish out of Water’, it spans 160ft and was specially designed and created by K-Fest.
This year, K-Fest will also include the inaugural conferring of the Screaming Pope Prize 2014, named in honour of the celebrated Francis Bacon artwork (Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X), to Ireland’s best emerging visual artist. This annual Prize, is to be held in association with K-Fest, and invitations have already been extended to over sixty visual artists nationally to enter and exhibit over the weekend. The overall winner will be selected by a panel of judges and presented with their Prize, a specially commissioned sculptor from celebrated local artist Alan Ryan Hall, on Sunday 1st of June.