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Kaleidoscope’s We Are Family Announce Full Event Programme

August 9, 2021

As music-loving families ready themselves to feel those longed-for festival vibes at Kaleidoscope’s We Are Family on 13th – 15th August at Russborough House, Blessington, Co Wicklow, organisers are thrilled to announce they have added yet another sprinkle of music and magic to the weekend that is sure to deliver an experience as close to that cherished festival feeling as possible for all the family.

We Are Family promises to be a feast of colourful carnival fun with incredible art installations, pop-up performances, and even stupendous circus acts woven into the fabric of this care-free haven of art and entertainment; it’s safe to say the fun doesn’t stop at the six intimate live shows taking place on the mainstage over the weekend where headliners include Ryan McMullan, Lyra, and JC Stewart.

There’s loads to explore at the Boompaloopa area, a specially curated outdoor space where parents, grandparents and children can get their groove on together.

Take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant realm with DJ sets from Rigsy, Tracy Clifford and Joe Dougan, percussion prowess from Javanese Gamelan, and sweet string symphonies from the Dublin Ukulele Collective, while Dublin Youth Dance Company will bust a move, Ceol Connected will bring their joyous energy, the Ballymore Eustace Brassband showcase their trumpeting talents and you might even spot sustainable stylistas from Junk Kouture strutting their stuff!

Elsewhere, there will be wonderful walkabout performances from The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow Carnivale Troupe who are sure to deliver a gravity-defying spectacle. Meanwhile, prepare to be bewitched by the hypnotic movements of hula hoop artist Gill Byrne and get ready to launch into space with Exploriums Mark the Science Guy. Feed your mind at spoken word performances from Roisin Ingle and Fighting Words and keep your eyes peeled for the jaw dropping art installations from Clare Hartigan, Dan Leonard, Patsy Preston and Lindsay McConnell.

As you already know, We Are Family will have the whole family singing and dancing along with incredible talent over on the mainstage. Hosting a crowd of 500 for both a matinée and evening show each day in line with current government guidelines, gates open at 12 noon and 4pm respectively. There will be circular, distanced pods, marked out on the surrounding grass to help families self-manage and feel safe and secure. And why not make your pod your own and bring along your own picnic blankets, cushions and snacks and if you fancy it, BYOB?

If you get peckish after all the fun, there will be best-in-class festival food vans on site in the Kaleidoscope area so get ready to tuck into delicious delights and festival flavours galore as you replenish your energy stores! The Zero Bar will offer thirst quenching alcohol-free beer, delicious mocktails and minerals.

Tickets cost €79.00 for a family of four and €20 for individuals, not including booking fee. Event pods will be designated to a maximum of six people. Parking €3 per car on arrival.  However, be quick about snapping up these not-to-be missed tickets as Saturday is already nearly sold out with limited tickets also available for Friday and Sunday. And with a family-friendly philosophy in mind too, don’t forget grannies and grandads go free!

Matinee: Gates 12pm / Performances 12.15pm-3pm / Ends 3pm

Evening: Gates 4pm / Performances 4.15pm-7pm /Ends 7pm

For those of you who want to treasure memories or can’t make it,  the weekend will be filmed and aired as a free virtual show so you can watch it back and relive those special moments on 11th September on the VStage platform through the website. And don’t forget, tickets for Kaleidoscope 2022 are on sale now!

We Are Family is part-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media from the Live Performance Support Scheme.

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