‘Festival In A Van’ Comes To Locations In Kerry Next Week

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A SERIES of concerts will take place next week in various locations around Kerry coinciding with Ukrainian Independence Week.

Ukrainian Independence Day takes place on August 24 and Festival in a Van, supported by Creative Ireland and Ireland’s Local Authority Network, will tour a new international concert series of events, until October.

The Shared Music Sessions open in Kerry on Tuesday, August 23 until Friday August 26,  kicking off the celebrations of Ukrainian Independence Day, taking in performances in Tralee, Ballyduff, Killarney, Dingle, Annascaul, Cahersiveen, Caherdaniel over four days (see schedule below).

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Initially an idea to keep music and theatre alive during Covid, Festival in a Van is now about to tour the country to provide a vital cultural link for Ukrainian and other refugees in Ireland.

Festival in a Van’s Gemma Tipton said, “In times of global turmoil, small things can feel like a drop in an angry ocean, and yet it is so important to keep doing those small things. Connecting people through culture and our shared love of music can go way beyond words at the most difficult of times.”

Gemma Tipton set up Festival in a Van in 2020, turning a box van into a mobile stage, as a way of keeping live performance going during Covid. Travelling in a bubble, and armed with oceans of hand sanitiser, the Festival in a Van team were able to visit care homes, schools, residential centres and direct provision centres touring music, theatre and poetry.


Tuesday 23 August @ 11.00am
Dingle Peninsula Hotel
Emlagh East,

Tuesday 23 August @ 3.00am
Dingle Gate Hostel
The Mall,

Wednesday 24 August @ 11.00am
Buds Family Resource Centre,
Benmore Drive
Bishopscourt South

Wednesday 24 August @ 3.00pm
Earl of Desmond Hotel

Thursday 25 August @ 11.00am
Derrynane Hotel,

Thursday 25 August @ 3.00pm
Caherciveen Pier,
Co. Kerry

Friday 26 August @ 11.00am
Killarney Country Club Lodges

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