In the Open | Faoin Spéir is an Arts Council funded programme developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis for 2021 which will see a variety of outdoor arts events taking place in public spaces around Ireland. Each area will have a variety of events appealing to a broad range of audiences and interests which will range from performances, film, projections, music, street art, trails, spectacle, installations, visual arts, literature, spoken word and much more.
Tipperary Arts Office partnered with South Tipperary Arts Centre and Clonmel Junction Arts Festival to make an application under this exciting programme and were thrilled to receive notification of funding recently. With an overarching theme of “Come out to Play" this exciting programme located in Clonmel focuses on making creativity visible through large scale visual arts events, a light walk trail, performances, music and theatre with events taking place from October 2021 to April 2022.
The first of a number of visual arts projects emerged in mid- August in Clonmel to launch the programme. Artist Jonathan Lynn was commissioned to produce "Tread Softly", a beautiful mural on Nelson Street Clonmel. See the images above.
The first theatre event in this programme is The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a Community Musical.
Starting with a spectacular community production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this blockbuster will be staged in the open at The Kickham Barracks Clonmel in October 2021. The production will combine all of Clonmel's community groups and produce a monumental version of the classic tale.
We are so excited to work alongside Tipperary Arts Office and Clonmel Junction Arts Festival on this wonderful Arts Council Ireland initiative.
Follow In The Open Clonmel to keep up to date on the amazing events that are in store over the coming months, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame community musical that takes place late October