K-FEST, in Killorglin County Kerry, have announced their 2021 arts festival. This year’s edition has been postponed from their usual June Bank Holiday to the October Bank Holiday weekend starting on October 22nd, just as all Covid restrictions are due to be lifted.
“It has been a tough period for artists and musicians and it will be a special weekend at K-FEST to be able to stand, sway or dance in front of a stage, mingle in art galleries, laugh out loud at a comedy show, and generally enjoy some sense of normality as artists and attendees,” said Tim Clifford, chairperson of K-FEST.
K-FEST is well established on the national arts calendar as well as having been shortlisted for IMRO Best Small Music Festival in Ireland will host over 60 visual artists, as well as emerging bands, DJs, drama, poetry, comedy, cabaret, film, art workshops, talks, Screaming Pope Prize awards, technology and family events.
Some of the highlights will include Pottery and Pints, where you get to make your own clay tankards from which you will enjoy your hard-earned pint of Rockshore or another beverage of your choice. There will be a kids drive-in movie where they get to make their own cars from cardboard boxes and park up in front of the big screen. In music, there are bands and DJs coming from the four corners of the island including TOUTS from Derry and DAITHI from Galway. For a bit of cabaret fun, The Dirty Circus will be putting a show on the opening night.
A new addition to K-FEST is technology-related events, and this year there will be a panel discussion facilitated by Culture Works on the subject of Non Fungible Tokens. Better known as NFT’s, digital artists are now using blockchain to monetise their work. It’s a growing marketplace, not just for visual art but also music and anything digital, and this talk will give the lowdown from experts in the field.
“This festival is free to enter and would not be possible without Platinum sponsor Fexco, Gold sponsor Rockshore and public funders The Arts Council and Kerry County Council as well as our numerous other sponsors.” Concluded Clifford.
K-FEST takes place from October 22nd to 25th across venues within Killorglin. More information can be found on www.kfest.ie.