30 June 2018
By Elaine Murphy
The fourth annual Tracton Arts Festival will run from 5th to 8th July at the Tracton Arts and Community Centre, a restored Georgian former schoolhouse in Minane Bridge, Cork.
The festival opens on Thursday 5th July at 7pm, followed by a free gig by funky soul band, Musical Brotherhood.
Victor Richardson, artist and chair of the Tracton Arts Festival, said: “Our community wood fired oven will be fired up on the opening night, providing fresh pizza, and there will be artisan food and drinks and a party atmosphere to welcome everyone.
“This is our fourth annual festival in the Arts Centre in Minane Bridge and we are going from strength to strength. It has been a huge learning curve for us, as we are all volunteers, but the reputation of the event is growing and we are attracting some amazing acts, including our closing act, the Hothouse Flowers, on Sunday 8th July.
“We have four days of fantastic entertainment planned with an eclectic mix of art, drama and music, in addition to workshops and demonstrations of painting techniques, raku pottery firing and bronze casting.”
Over 41 artists will exhibit for the duration of the festival which has 30 different events. Music concerts over the weekend will feature folk trio, Greenshine, and Cork duo, Ye Vagabonds.
There will be comedy cabaret in the theatre on Saturday with Snatch Comedy Improv and Deirdre O’Kane. On Sunday morning there will be a screening of the beautiful animated film “Loving Vincent” and the festival will end on a high note on Sunday evening 8th July with the headline band, the Hothouse Flowers.
Victor said: “Sunday, in particular, promises to be a fun-filled day for all the family, so if the weather cooperates it should be a memorable day out for all ages.”
For further information. ticketing and the full festival programme see www.theinkwelltheatre.org