The Cruthú Arts Festival will take place in Longford town over the August Bank Holiday weekend, starting on Thursday July 31.
“The response so far has been very positive,” Cruthú’s chairman, Patrick Conboy, said about the ongoing preparations. “We received an overwhelming response to our open call for artists to participate in this year’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 Christopher’s, County Longford Youth Service, Longford School Completion Programme, exchange students from the Ballinamuck-Essert village twinning Project, Lus na Gréine, and Ardscoil Phádraig in Granard.
“Local business owners and estate agents have gone to great lengths to assist us by making premises available as festival venues at no cost; something we’re extremely grateful for,” he added.
“In addition, we’re also thankful to Longford County Arts Office for the ongoing help and advice we’re receiving from the Arts Officer, Fergus Kennedy, and to Longford County Council for facilitating some of the installations and projects we have planned.
“We’re hoping Cruthú will become an annual fixture on Longford’s calendar, providing an outlet for its artistic community while also drawing visitors to the area.
“I feel it’s a wonderful showcase for the wealth of talent we have here in the county,” County Longford Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy stated.
“If 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.”
Cllr Mark Casey, Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, added that, “It’s great to see such a festival in Longford. Longford’s artists are among the best this country has to offer and Cruthú will provide an opportunity for the public to see that for themselves.”
For more information on the Cruthú Arts Festival, visit www.cruthuartsfestival.com.