The brand new Mullingar Festival, taking place in the heart of the town, will bring art, design and performance to the fore.
Two Mullingar women hosted the ‘Cuige’ festival from June 22-26 on Dominick Street.
Andrea Cullen explained the background: “I come from an interdisciplinary background and for a few years I’ve been looking at artists and trying to find a space where people can come together and talk about art and support each other. .”
Andrea and co-founder, Rachel Coyne, held workshops, performances and exhibitions throughout the five days in their new studio space on Dominick Street.
“This year is about kicking off what Cuige can be, a five-day festival of art, design and performance,” Andrea said.
“It’s about showcasing the local artists that we have. By getting this space and seeing how central it is to Mullingar, the opportunity was there to create something,” added Rachel.
The two local artists explained how the festival will include works by dancers, photographers, poets, playwrights, local artists and more.
“People can just walk in if they walk past. The artists will not be hidden, we are here in the middle of the city,” said Rachel.
“It’s like an underground art scene, it’s been around for so long and now we can all be creative together. Westmeath has so many creative people; it should be highlighted,” Andrea said.
Andrea and Rachel said they wanted to use the festival to show what can be done from their studio and encouraged us to “watch this space”.
Tomorrow (Friday, June 3), the couple have planned their launch party and people are invited to visit the space to get tickets for the festival.