Castleblayney gets ready for Muckno Mania Festival

10 July 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

THE organisers of this year’s Muckno Mania Festival have announced details of an increase in the involvement of street performers at their forthcoming 2010 event which is expected to attract huge crowds to the Mid-Monaghan town.

The Muckno Mania Festival prides itself in the promotion and awareness of the Arts and the Festival Programme deliberately combines popular fare with serious artistic content whereby more and more people experience the arts.

New performing artists from Ireland and the UK will feature on the programme mainly on Friday and Sunday which has been possible by the support of the Arts Programme run by Monaghan County Council and from an increase in the National Arts Council contribution to the Festival for 2010.

This years Street Performers include Stage Craft (Offaly), Lords of Strut (Cork) Jack Flash (Dublin), Bill Ferguson (UK) Sorcaluba Aerial Show (Cork), Grundy Brothers (UK), Lambert Puppet Show (Wicklow) and the Story Telling Caravan (Cork).

In addition to Street Theatre the other main arts content of this years Festival includes Creative Arts which involve such things as children’s art workshops, soap box design, fancy dress and the likes. Artistic Skills such as drumming, stilt walking and balloon sculpturing, Music and Dance and Traditional Arts through story telling.

Tommy McGuire, Chairman of the Festival, is happy that this years line-up will not only introduce new performing artists but will also through its extended art content create different opportunities for young people and adults alike to experience the arts. This content includes the engagement of tutors of children’s Workshops for arts and crafts to percussion drumming workshops.

Tommy added yesterday :”The diverse nature of our programme ensures an involvement of a broad spectrum of people’s ages and background and this year that involvement is set to increase again”.

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