The third annual Out for the Weekend festival hits Kilkenny this weekend for what promises to be another fantastic outing for Kilkenny’s only gay pride festival.
This year’s festival takes place entirely within the Parliament Street area of Kilkenny City and will see a variety of venues hosting events from Thursday through to Sunday.
The festival will kick off in Cleere’s Theatre on Thursday with the Kilkenny City debut of Devious Theatre’s new show, Phantasm. The acclaimed new show from Kilkenny’s most popular young theatre outfit is a one-act comedy about a teenage drug dealer and his only customer, and it will continue for four more performances on Friday and Saturday at 7pm and 10pm nightly.
Friday will see the opening of a serious coup for the festival. LGBT Diversity and Kilkenny County and Borough Council have teamed up with the Irish Queer Archive to present the exhibition “A Liberating Party” as part of this year’s festival. This critically acclaimed exhibition will be exhibited at The Abbey Business Centre, Abbey Street, from Saturday until Tuesday.
Friday also sees the kick-off of three nights’ free events in The Nixon on Watergate. Friday will see a headline performance from Captain Anchor, a cabaret and burlesque performer who has earned rave reviews for his performances in the UK. The night will also see sets from DJ Alex and DJ’s Kaz ‘n Niamh.
On Saturday, events in Nixon On Watergate include the return to Kilkenny of Rosie Howick, who wowed the Set Theatre last year. This time her performance sees her presenting Kylie and Katy Go Gaga, a masterful mix of the big tunes from three of pop’s biggest stars. Support on the night comes from DJ Iano with DJ Razor also playing his ’90s Mixtape.
On Sunday in association with The Drum Youth Centre, the Rock Out battle of the bands competition has its final. An exciting new Kilkenny outfit will follow in the footstep of last year’s winners, Rescue Remedy, in what should be a jam-packed gig.
On Sunday, events continue in the Nixon On Watergate with the first ever Mr Gay Kilkenny and Ms Gay Kilkenny competition taking place where a panel of specially selected judges will be crowning Kilkenny’s King and Queen of LGBT. The winners will be asked to choose a charity to which the prize money can be donated. The event will be followed by The All Time DJ’s, who will be presenting a night of music entitled Now That’s What I Call All Time ’80s. Opening proceedings on the night will be stand-up comedian Adam Leahy.
All events in Nixon On Watergate are free of charge and kick off at 8pm nightly. For more information on all events, check out www.OUTfortheweekend.ie.