Skerries Soundwaves Festival
Events include a fantastic Lego Day for all enthusiasts, workshops, Equinox Celebrations with Fingal Mummers and a variety of concerts from pop/rock to singer/song writer, some in unusual venues.
All you Need is Art - 10th Soundwaves Music & Arts Festival Starts with Illustrated Beatles Exhibition
Friday night's Launch in Skerries Mills is a great chance to "Come Together" to show appreciation of this much-loved festival
Skerries Mills will be the setting for a unique Culture Night event this Friday. From 8 p.m., fans of music and arts of all kinds will gather to launch the 10th Soundwaves festival - and the Illustrated Beatles exhibition.
42 songs, 42 illustrators, 42 different takes on the Beatles! From “A Day in the Life” to “Yesterday”. Curated by Peter Donnelly, Rush-based illustrator and arts coordinator, this exhibition is a fascinating project. 42 broadcasters and artists chose one Beatles song each. 42 Irish illustrators illustrated these. The Illustrated Beatles Exhibition was born! And toured widely throughout Ireland and the U.K. before now coming to Skerries Mills, where it will be on view for the whole nine days of the Soundwaves festival, daily from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Organiser of the night is the Irish Children's Laureate, Niamh Sharkey, herself a Skerries resident and long-time supporter of the festival. Niamh is the creator and executive producer of Disney Junior's animated preschool series Henry Hugglemonster, and the author of I’m a Happy Hugglewug, the children’s picture book published by Walker Books, on which the television series is based. She has written and illustrated many other children's books, too, and is the current Laureate na nÓg or Irish Laureate for Children's Literature 2012-2014.
Niamh says: "After a phenomenal tour the 'The Illustrated Beatles' final stop is Skerries Mills. 42 songs chosen by broadcasters and leading creatives, illustrated with style by 42 members of Illustrators Ireland. I'm honoured that this show is coming to Skerries. It is not to be missed!"
The classical highpoint of the festival is a Music Network concert in beautiful, candlelit Holmpatrick Church. Other highlights include a festival street party with Rock Music trailer, street entertainment and fun for all the family, a street market, Céilí after Sunday Mass, a night parade and spectacular fireworks in Skerries Harbour. Add children's theatre or puppets, dancing, exhibitions, theatre and pop-up events - expect the unexpected! 'Skerries Rocks' - come along and be part of it!