‘Cruthú’ issues open invite

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Exciting plans are afoot for a new Arts Festival in Longford town.

Exciting plans are afoot for a new Arts Festival in Longford town.

Aptly titled Cruthú, the festival is due to take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and the organising committee behind it are inviting local artists to participate in the inaugural event.

Exhibiting artists will be able to avail of pop-up spaces in vacant retail units throughout Longford town, which can be used to display existing works, house specially-designed installations, or be transformed into unique conceptual spaces.

“With Cruthú we hope to build upon the success of last year’s Love Longford festival,” said Patrick Conboy, Chairman of Cruthú’s organising committee. “We have a wealth of creative talent in Longford and the surrounding areas, but unfortunately there are few opportunities for these artists to display their work locally. We hope to go some way towards addressing this problem, while at the same time creating a vibrant, festive atmosphere in the town for the wider community to enjoy.”

He went on to say he hopes the invitation will attract artists working in a wide variety of mediums: “It would be fantastic to have a broad range of visual art forms represented at Cruthú, such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and film.”

Artists who wish to apply should contact the Cruthú Arts Festival committee by emailing cruthuartsfestival@gmail.com or calling 086 3044399.

Cruthú 2014 will take place from Thursday, July 31, to Sunday, August 3 throughout Longford town. While the festival’s line-up is still being finalised, the organising committee has confirmed it will include pop-up visual art exhibitions, film, music, and theatre spaces. A special launch event for Cruthú will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, search for Cruthú Arts Festival on Facebook or follow @CruthuArtsFest on Twitter.