The countdown continues for the Love Longford festival which will run from Thursday, June 27 through to Sunday, June 30. Whilst the highlight will be a massive trad show with Four Men & A Dog topping the bill, there is so much more to being you into Longford over the weekend.
There is a strong community arts festival theme to the weekend as leading local artists set about developing an arts festival from a very unique standpoint. Local artists Gary Robinson, Gordon Farrell, Shelley Corcoran, Amanda Graham, Pat Hourican and Shane Crossan are finalising a series of six solo exhibitions which will be displayed across the town. In addition, Reflections Art Group, Longford Camera Club and Out-Take Films will show three group exhibitions in improvised spaces at vacant commercial units on the town’s busy streets. Art students in the secondary schools and members of community groups will create large scale temporary public art features on a theme of ‘Love Longford’. The students from St. Christopher’s are also currently working on wonderful art pieces for display. There is a strong literary dimension to Love Longford with poets and prose writers invited to write imaginative pieces inspired by their hometown. Submissions will be printed in The Longford Leader and prizes for the winning entries will be presented at a literary night during the festival. Over time it is hoped the entries will be published in a professionally edited anthology of creative writing entitled ‘The Town I Love So Well’. A big attraction will be a major choir performance on the Market Square. This is planned for Saturday, June 29 at 6.30pm and is being billed as “The Biggest Choir Ever in the Midlands.” Other highlights will include a Family Activity Day in the Mall on Saturday, June 29, and a flower show in St John’s Church, on Sunday, June 30 which is being organised by the ICA. There will also be a Padraig Colum exhibition in Longford Library as the town remembers one of its most famous sons and one of the great Irish writers.