Festival Next Weekend To Celebrate Kerry’s Architectural Heritage

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KERRY’S architectural heritage and the county’s architectural landscape will be celebrated during the third annual Architecture Kerry Festival next weekend.

A wide range of events including free guided tours and exhibitions will take place from September 25 to 27.

The aim of the festival, which is part of the Creative Ireland Kerry Programme, is to highlight the wide diversity of the architectural landscape in Kerry and to make some of the best-known sites of architectural significance in the county accessible to all ages.

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Due to the current pandemic, Architecture Kerry this year has adapted its programme to reflect the need to run many of its events online.

However, Architecture Kerry has also reached out to the public, to bring the people of Kerry together to be part of the celebration.

During August, the Council ran a public photography competition called ‘Rediscovering Your Hidden Kingdom’ whereby people were asked to submit their favourite images of Kerry’s built environment. The top 20 winning entrants will be showcased for Architecture Kerry 2020.

Kerry County Council’s Architectural Conservation Officer, Victoria McCarthy, said the programme of events has something for everyone, even those with a passing interest in architecture:

“Throughout Saturday 26, and Sunday 27 September, some festival favourites will be opening their doors for free guided tours. Bookings should be made with each venue. The Tralee Shopping Centre and Yummy Café in Tralee town centre will be hosting the festival’s exhibitions this year and will offer a safe and welcoming environment to visitors,” she said.

The full programme of events is now available on the Kerry County Council website or via www.architecture.kerrycoco.ie.  Festival organiser Victoria McCarthy of Kerry County Council can also be contacted directly at 066 7183793 or at victoria.mccarthy@kerrycoco.ie

Architecture Kerry is supported by Kerry County Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the OPW, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, the Irish Georgian Society, and the Irish Architecture Foundation. The event forms part of the Creative Ireland Programme in Kerry.

“Creative Ireland is an all-of-government national strategy (2017-2022) which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Architecture as an artform is central to the strategy, relevant to the design principles and creativity required within the heritage and contemporary built environment. This festival promises to be a very engaging and information weekend,” said Kate Kennelly, Creative Ireland Coordinator in Kerry.

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