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A look ahead to Ashbourne Festival

PUBLISHED: 00:00 17 June 2016

International Streetfest

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Now in its 16th year, Ashbourne Festival once again promises an eclectic mix of music, talks, poetry and theatre in a diverse range of locations throughout the town

Professor Robert WinstonProfessor Robert Winston

Now in its 16th year, Ashbourne Festival once again promises an eclectic mix of music, talks, poetry and theatre in a diverse range of locations throughout the town.

The ever-popular Streetfest kicks off proceedings with an action-packed weekend of world-class street entertainment on 18th, featuring performers from as far afield as Cuba, Australia and Canada. This year’s event also features a new artisan market and a ceilidh at the Empire Ballroom.

The main festival line-up includes talks by Professor Lord Winston – a leading expert in human fertility and one of the county’s foremost thinkers on genetics – and the Reverend Richard Coles; poetry and music from Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe; theatre performances from Pip Utton and Ruth Madoc; chamber music from Divertimenti Quintet; a choral workshop from Jonathan Willcocks; dance music from the Jive Aces; and a Comedy Night with Zoe Lyons and Tom Stage, supported by Eshaan Akbar and Garrett Millerick.

Verse-lovers will make a beeline for Poetry in the Garden at Offcote Grange with Roy Marshall, whilst the art exhibition in Ashbourne Town Hall will again showcase work from professional artists and local amateurs.

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Full details and ticket information can be found at and in the festival brochure, available locally.


17th June Who’s Next tribute band 8pm

18th June Pandemonium Ceilidh 8pm

24th June Divertimenti Quintet 7.30pm

25th June Choral Workshop led by Jonathan Willcocks 10am

25th June The Jive Aces 8pm

2nd Jul Poetry and music with Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe 7.30pm

3rd July Picnic in the Park with Hot House Jazz 1pm

Talks & literature

21th June Rev. Richard Coles 7.30pm

22th June ‘The Ileachs’ by Clive Booth 7.30pm

25th June Poetry Workshop with Roy Marshall 10am

25th June Poetry in the Garden with Roy Marshall at Offcote Grange 2.30pm

30th June Professor Robert Winston: ‘Modifying Humans: Where does genetics stop?’ 7pm

Drama & Comedy

26th June ‘The Trouble with Women is Men’, Ruth Madoc with Leo Aylen 7.30pm

28th June Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, radio-style production by Peakland Players 7.30pm

29th June ‘Playing Maggie’ with Pip Utton 7.30pm

1st July Comedy Night with Zoe Lyons, Tom Stade, Eshaan Akbar and Gareth Millerick, hosted by David Ward 8pm

Other Events

18,19th June Streetfest

18-25th June Summer Art Exhibition 11-5.30pm

18th June Young Musician Competition 2pm

23th June Islay Whisky Tasting Evening 7.30pm

27th June Temari Ball Workshop 10am-4pm


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