Outdoor fun, music, sport and art at Callan’s Abhainn Rí

Callan’s Abhainn Rí Festival was officially launched on Friday evening in preparation for a 10-day celebration of local heritage and culture that kicks off this weekend.

Callan’s Abhainn Rí Festival was officially launched on Friday evening in preparation for a 10-day celebration of local heritage and culture that kicks off this weekend.

From art and architecture to boxing, hurling and soccer, the second annual festival from July 22-31 will bring a mixture of walks, talks, dances, open days, outdoor film screenings, street entertainment, family field day and a Battle of the Bands, all culminating in a colourful night of ‘Spectacle’.

“This is a festival of participation and inclusion and a celebration of creativity and community spirit,” said festival committee chairman Patrick Lydon. “We are not compromising on quality and the programme includes events that will attract visitors from all over Ireland.”

The festival is part of the Kilkenny Community Festivals Network, a project initiated and supported by Kilkenny Leader Partnership.

The festival box office will be located on Green Street and opening hours are 11am to 6pm. For more information, contact 087 163 9634, email info@abhainnrifestival.com or see www.abhainnrifestival.com.

The lineup

Friday

7.30pm Croí, ‘In My Body Are These Islands’ dance performance in the old Co-op; tickets 15/12.50

Saturday

4pm Croí, ‘In My Body Are These Islands’ dance performance in the old Co-op; tickets 15/12.50

6.30pm Festival Mass, Parish Church

7pm Opening of art exhibitions Commonage, Workhouse Test, KCAT

7.30pm Unveiling of Trinity Stone, Parish Church

8pm Callan Guide Launch, Parish Hall

8.30pm Japanese night, L’Arche Cafe

9pm Fennelly’s Festival Club, Bridge Street

Sunday

10.30am The Magic of Slievenamon, a family walk, meet at Fair Green

1.30pm Family field day, Abbey Meadow, including dog show at 3pm

7pm Croí, ‘In My Body Are These Islands’ dance performance in the old Co-op; tickets 15/12.50

8pm Festival dance, Friary, 10

8pm Fennelly’s Festival Club

Monday

8pm Heritage lecture ‘Tracing Your Roots’ with Pat Nolan, Friary

8pm Fennelly’s Festival Club

9pm Seisún at the old Co-op, 5

Tuesday

2.30pm Benji Bennett kids storytelling (suitable for ages 3-8), Friary

7pm Coillte walk, Desart Wood

7.30pm Ensemble Ériu, ‘Cutting Edge’ traditional workshop/concert, Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, 10

8pm Fennelly’s Festival Club

10pm Outdoor film screening, Surprise Film (indoors if wet), old Co-op

July 27

2pm Soccer tournament, Fair Green

7pm Amhlaoibh Ó Súilleabháin heritage walk, meet at the old Co-op

8pm Céilí, Friary, 10

8pm Fennelly’s Festival Club

July 28

2pm Boxing exhibition match, Friary

6pm Family Resource Centre barbecue, Friary

8pm Redmond O’Toole classical concert, Convent Chapel, 10

8pm Fennelly’s Festival Club

10pm Outdoor film screening, ‘Living Colour’ (indoors if wet), old Co-op

July 29

10am Open day at Edmund Rice’s birthplace, Westcourt; until 5pm

3pm Soccer finals, Fair Green

8pm Heritage lecture ‘Folklore and Local Place Names’ with Micheal O’Diarmada, Friary

8pm Fennelly’s Festival Club

July 30

2pm Natural Adventure Trip for fit ramblers (under-18s must be accompanied), meet at Fair Green

2-7pm Battle of the Bands, old Co-op, followed by DJ

8pm Fennelly’s Festival Club

July 31

1-6pm Callan Heritage Society exhibition, Parish Hall

2pm Hurling parade and juvenile tournament, Coláiste Eamonn Rís

6pm Street entertainment, Green Street

9.30pm Spectacle, Green Street

8pm Fennelly’s Festival Club