Boasting more acts than Electric Picnic, this year’s Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival gets underway Thursday, August 23 and runs until Sunday, August 25.
From mentalists and magic acts to reggae and industrial gothic metal, Ballinamore will host over 1,000 performers in 240 acts over four days.
The festival will see acts from Switzerland, USA, Romania and the UK mix with artists from almost every county in Ireland as well as well known local names all for free this weekend.
Eleven stand up comedians will perform as well as popular man Joe Rooney in one of the town’s 12 venues.
The colourful festival will also host the fantastic Reactable - probably a first for Leitrim. The Reactable is a revolutionary new electronic musical instrument, it combines state of the art technologies with a simple and intuitive design, which enables musicians to experiment with sound, change its structure, control its parameters and be creative in a direct and refreshing way, unlike anything you have ever known before!
Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival is an Irish local voluntary non profit organisation solely dedicated to promoting community and cultural diversity through the arts. They aim is to promote and encourage local and national, amateur/professional and multicultural talent in all its diverse forms, but particularly to facilitate free performance space and therefore inspire communities to embrace and celebrate the wealth of talent that exists all around them.
This year national promoters will be in Ballinamore scouting for new talent which gives the festival an added attraction.
The acts will stay locally in three of the camping sites in town and in homes locally, Tracy Murray one of the organisers of the festival said their main objective is to get “everyone a hot meal” as a reward for coming and performing. For that reason the extensive programme of events is being sold for €2 at the Cultural Head Quarters, Main Street.
The famous Banwagon TV crew will be filming the festival, which is also a great opportunity for all the fantastic acts performing this year to get their performance recorded.
The festival started last year and has grown much bigger this year, coming a few days after the week long Ballinamore Family Festival, Tracy said she hopes they can keep the good festival feeling going.
The festival committee have been fortunate to have a reduced bus service (return fare €5) running between Carrick on Shannon and Ballinamore during the four days of the Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival. Buses will run from Carrick to Ballinamore on Thursday – Saturday starting from 1.30pm with return buses at 12.30am. Other times and info are available at www.ballinamorefreefringe.com