Sounds Like Summer: Fingal Festival in a Van 

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal County Council and Creative Ireland team up with Festival in a Van for a 6-day, 12-stop tour of Fingal County bringing music, poetry, dance and joy right to your door for midsummer! This midsummer series takes place from Friday, June  21 – Sunday, June 23 June, and again from Friday,  June 28 – Sunday 30, writes Rose Barrett. 

This is a free, open air, open-to-all celebration of Fingal’s community spirit and creativity. With the festival landing like a celestial ship on the front door of many of Fingal’s diverse communities, audiences are invited to bring their own picnic blanket, slap on the sunscreen, and enjoy some of Ireland’s best talent who were born or are based in Fingal County, including artists such as rapper Jyellowl, the renowned folksinger Niamh Bury, poet Paula Meehan, and singer-songwriter Asha Ari, plus many more. 

Locations include Lusk, Blanchardstown, Baldoyle, and more towns, villages, and neighbourhoods across the county. From housing estates to public parks to community gardens to refugee accommodation, all are welcome to participate in the festivities. Get the summer going with the Fingal Festival in a Van!  

Friday June 21:  1pm – Prosper Fingal & Swords – Intellectual Disability Community; performances from Tony Curtis (from Balbriggan) and Trish Reilly; 4pm – Matt Lane Traveller site, Balbriggan with further performances by Trish Reilly, and more to be announced. Saturday 22: 2pm  Rolestown (small village on road to Ashbourne); 6pm – Millennium Park Blanchardstown; *both Performances by Asha Ari (from Blanchardstown) and Sophie Meehan (based in Balbriggan)

Sunday 23: 1pm – Lusk Bandstand, 4.30pm – Skerries – Floraville Public Park; both performances by Hazel Hogan and Niamh Bury (from Portmarnock); Friday June 28 11am – Balseskin; 4pm – Dun Saithne Estate in Balbriggan; *both performances by Kiruu (from Balgriffan) and Rhythm Africana (dance performance – Michael is based in Mulhuddart).

Saturday June 29: 1pm – Dromheath Estate (celebrating 40 years); 5pm – Corduff Community Resource Centre; *both performances by Trudie Gorman (from Mulhuddart) and Jyellowl (from Blanchardstown). Sunday 30: 1pm – Deerpark Ukrainian Centre near Howth Castle; *performances by Maryna Odolska and Indeceltic; 5pm – Baldoyle Community Garden; *performances by Paula Meehan (based in Baldoyle) and IndeCeltic 

For full locations and details, visit www.festivalinavan.com

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