The Green Village Music & Arts Festival

Just a few miles off the M6 motorway, The Green Village Music & Arts Festival is set in the remarkable parkland of Mount Druid in the village of Castletown Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath. 

The Village Festival will celebrate the best of Irish community with a one day programme of contemporary and traditional music, old time dance, poetry and literature as well as children’s events, demonstrations of traditional crafts and rural life and the best in local food all while spreading eco awareness among 200,000 native broadleaf trees.

The Village Festival will bring together local communities in a spirit of co-operation to work towards social and economic regeneration of the area, enable groups to show their work to the wider population and will create an independent and transparent fund to benefit local charities and community groups.

Here are some of the main features to look forward to on the day; 

Mount Druid Stage:

Main stage with acts such as The Stunning, Ryan Sheridan, Bi-Polar Empire, Vladimir Jablokov and The Riptide Movement confirmed. More acts to follow as well as special guests announced very soon.

Stables Stage:

Hosted by the legendary Mullingar venue The Stables featuring the best local talent the lake lands has to offer

The Village Hall:

Take a two-step back in time for the best of old time, country, bluegrass and cajun

Spoken Word Stage:

Marty Mulligan from Mullingar hosts an eclectic mix of readings, comedians, performances from poets and performers fromIreland, theUKand further a field.

Debate Stage:

Leviathan political debate on community with special guest speakers,HistoryIrelandHedgeSchooland much more.

Eco Village:

Talks, demonstrations, workshops, sustainability, general eco awareness

Pop up Youth Café:

Featuring local bands

Traditional Crafts and Rural Life:

Potters, weavers, horse-shoeing, butter-making, workshops for acting, poetry etc and much more.

Westmeath Food Network and farmer’s market:

The area’s finest organic food producers incl organic lamb and beef

Children’s Area:

An exciting programme of kids’ games, activities, theatre and workshops.

Táin arts trail:

A collaboration of local artists depicting scenes of the Tain trail through different mediums

Match Making Tent

Wine bar

and much much more….

History of the grounds:

The Táin is a legendary epic from Irish mythology which recounts the war between Queen Maeve of Connacht; her husband Aillil and theUlsterhero Cu Chulainn over a prize bull: the Donn Cuailgne. Legend holds that the final battle of this story took place not far from the village of Castletown Geogheganin what is now County Westmeath.

The Village Festival is inspired by this tale and the fascinating ancient heritage of this part ofIrelandwhich includes the Hill of Uisneach, residence of the High Kings of Ireland, and the picturesque Lough Ennell, the setting for Jonathan Swift’s Lilliput from Gulliver’s Travels.

For more info see www.greenvillage.ie

 

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