Battlebridge to host Bhatki Festival in aid of Hope Foundation

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A unique three-day festival takes place in Battlebridge next month. The Bhatki Festival runs from Friday June 12 to 14 and features an eclectic mix of music and entertainment for all the family. This all takes place on the grounds of the Fairy Garden at Beirne’s of Battlebridge. Headlining the event is Irish blues musician and actor, Don Baker.

A unique three-day festival takes place in Battlebridge next month. The Bhatki Festival runs from Friday June 12 to 14 and features an eclectic mix of music and entertainment for all the family. This all takes place on the grounds of the Fairy Garden at Beirne’s of Battlebridge. Headlining the event is Irish blues musician and actor, Don Baker.

Baker has built a great reputation as a singer, guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter as well as featuring as an actor in movies such as, In the Name of the Father.

The festival combines yoga, dance and music and will be a fantastic three-day event for all ages. Festival goers will be entertained by fire dancers, acrobats, Kirtan and drumming.

There will be yoga, clowns and face painting for the kids along with a selection of craft stands and vegan and vegetarian food stalls.

Also featuring at the event are Fox Glove, Orena Blu, Dara O’Brien, Belfast Kirtan, Shane Corongue and Gar Cox.

The Bhakti Festival is being organised to raise much needed funds to support The Hope Foundation’s projects with the street and slum children in Kolkata.

The Hope Foundation is a charity working with street and slum children in India. They work to free children and poor families from lives of pain, abuse, poverty and darkness. Living on the streets, children are exposed to horrendous physical and sexual abuse.

Those who survive are left to fend for themselves, with no promise of a safe future. They are forced to work from as young as five years of age to earn money for food and so cannot go to school. Hope works to free them from child labour.

Event organiser and manager of pre-loved clothes boutique Paper Bag Princess, Tara Killeen invites all ages and backgrounds to the event.

Speaking at the festival’s launch, Tara enthused: “It’s a great pleasure being part of such a worthy event, that not only will make us festival goers happy, but knowing that by us having fun we are helping people far less privileged than ourselves. It’s a win win situation for everyone.”

Camping will cost €10 per pitch and can be paid on the day. It will work on a first come, first pitch basis.

The camp site will open from 3pm on Friday, 12 June and will close at 3pm Saturday, 13 June.

Three day weekend tickets are available to purchase online for €50. One day tickets are also available. €20 for Friday and Sunday and €30 for Saturday tickets.

Children 16 years and under go free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be purchased from Paper Bag Princess in Market Yard, Carrick-on-Shannon or by calling Tara on 086 1526833 or John on 086 8127536.

They can also be purchased online through eventbrite.ie or via the website www.hopefoundation.ie.