The CruthÃº Arts Festival will take place in Longford town over the August Bank Holiday weekend, starting on Thursday July 31.
â€œThe response so far has been very positive,â€ CruthÃºâ€™s chairman, Patrick Conboy, said about the ongoing preparations. â€œWe received an overwhelming response to our open call for artists to participate in this yearâ€™s festival, and other local arts- and community-based groups have also come on board, including Engage Longford, Backstage Theatre, Creative Longford, the Aisling Festival, St Christopherâ€™s, County Longford Youth Service, Longford School Completion Programme, exchange students from the Ballinamuck-Essert village twinning Project, Lus na GrÃ©ine, and Ardscoil PhÃ¡draig in Granard.
â€œLocal business owners and estate agents have gone to great lengths to assist us by making premises available as festival venues at no cost; something weâ€™re extremely grateful for,â€ he added.
â€œIn addition, weâ€™re also thankful to Longford County Arts Office for the ongoing help and advice weâ€™re receiving from the Arts Officer, Fergus Kennedy, and to Longford County Council for facilitating some of the installations and projects we have planned.
â€œWeâ€™re hoping CruthÃº will become an annual fixture on Longfordâ€™s calendar, providing an outlet for its artistic community while also drawing visitors to the area.
â€œI feel itâ€™s a wonderful showcase for the wealth of talent we have here in the county,â€ County Longford Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy stated.
â€œIf this can be harnessed by the hard-working volunteer committee, it can make a tremendous difference to the quality of life in the local community.â€
Cllr Mark Casey, Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, added that, â€œItâ€™s great to see such a festival in Longford. Longfordâ€™s artists are among the best this country has to offer and CruthÃº will provide an opportunity for the public to see that for themselves.â€
For more information on the CruthÃº Arts Festival, visit www.cruthuartsfestival.com.