‘Fever' pitch for opening night of Skibbereen's Arts Festival week

July 27th, 2017 7:15 AM

By Southern Star Team

Declan McCarthy, Liz Clark, Jim Daly (Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People) with Susan O'Regan at the launch. (Photo: Anne Minihane)

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FOR one night only it's back to the decade of disco as Skibbereen celebrates ‘Friday Night Fever' with a 1970s street party.

This tribute, to the 1977 classic movie Saturday Night Fever is just one of the many  events planned for this year's  Skibbereen Arts Festival which runs from Friday, July 28th until Sunday August 6th and which was launched by Angela Flowers of the renowned Flowers Gallery in London.

‘The festival this year is all about getting involved,' said Skibbereen  Art Festival Chairman Brendan McCarthy. 

‘We have a very varied and packed line-up. Whether it's theatre, film, workshops, visual arts to music, or West Cork's first history festival - there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly TD (FG) added: ‘Access to the arts, whether it's music, theatre or any process that helps people nourish their good mental health is vitally important.  I am delighted to see the range and accessibility of the incredible line-up of events for everyone young and old.'

The festival gets underway with the 1970s street party on Friday July 28th at 7pm.

Brendan said: ‘When the festival began, nine years ago now, our ambition from day one was to get better and better and I think we can confidently say that we have achieved this. This is a testament to the community spirit of Skibbereen and West Cork and we want to thank everybody who has given their time to make festival the incredible event that it is today.'

The Skibbereen Arts Festival committee is looking for volunteers to help out at the various events – contact [email protected] for more.

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