Showcase of Derry’s finest at Stendhal Festival of Art

Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas are one of many Derry acts gracing the stages of the Stendhal Festival of Art next weekend. (1208JC1)

Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas are one of many Derry acts gracing the stages of the Stendhal Festival of Art next weekend. (1208JC1)

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An array of Derry-based talent will be showcased at next weekend’s Stendhal Festival of Art when it returns to Ballymully Cottage Farm in Limavady from August 17-18. This festival - just a stone’s throw from the city - celebrates all matter of arts, music, comedy, poetry and family fun.

With over 50 acts lined up, Stendhal festival organisers are confident that this year’s festival will be a massive success. As well as providing an ambitious and eclectic line-up, Stendhal will feature an array of musical genres. Among the Derry acts on the Stendhal bill over the weekend are Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas, Triggerman, Intermission, Best Boy Grip, Soak, Balkan Alien Sound and Conor Mason.

Intermission. (100712JC7)

Intermission. (100712JC7)

Headlining on Friday, August 17, will be friend of Jimi Hendrix and legendary guitarist Henry McCullough, who has in the past played alongside Joe Cocker, Paul McCartney and Wings, Pink Floyd, Donovan, Marianne Faithful, Andrew Lloyd Webber and even appeared at the original Woodstock Festival.

While on Saturday, August 18, the night’s festivities will be brought to a close with Mundy - who is a huge superstar south of the border. Perhaps best known for his amazingly popular cover of Steve Earle’s Galway Girl, Mundy is a prodigious artist with a back catalogue of five studio albums, who first came to prominence in 1996 when his track ‘To You I Bestow’ appeared on the Soundtrack to Baz Lurman’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo Di Caprio alongside artists such as Radiohead and The Cardigans.

Also on the bill for the Stendhal Festival are bands and artists such as Silhouette, Trucker Diablo, Rainy Boy Sleep, Axis Of, The Inishowen Gospel Choir, The Barley Mob, Furlo, The Gorgeous Colours, Pat McManus, Rozza, Leanne Doherty, Futurescope, The Antidote MC’s showcase and many more.

On the poetry and creative writing front, several members of the Derry Scriptwriters Group will be performing at Stendhal’s new Poetry Corner, alongside members of the Jane Ross Writers Group and the Flowerfield Writers Group. This will pave the way for headliner Mark Niel - acclaimed Stand up Poet who brings high-energy performance poetry to unsuspecting audiences and has performed at major festivals such as Latitude and Green Man.

Last years winners of the Roarin Meg Buskin Competition, Balkan Alien Sounds pictured performing at the Craft Village.01

Last years winners of the Roarin Meg Buskin Competition, Balkan Alien Sounds pictured performing at the Craft Village.01

Also on show will be dance performances, theatre courtesy of the Limavady Drama Club and comedy from the likes of multi-award winning funnyman Phil Kay.

Of course, Stendhal Festival also offers a full family entertainment schedule. Children’s music, singing and movement workshops will be provided by the wonderful Jo Jingles and Mr Scallywags puppet show will be bringing their unique puppetry antics.

Also on site will be circus and street performers, magicians and the organisers say the fun fair will return bigger and better along with plenty more bits and pieces for the family to enjoy. In addition there will once again be a craft market, top class food and drink at high street prices, a secret garden area and many more little surprises to be discovered.

Tickets for the event are on sale at Ticketmaster priced at £20 for a Saturday day ticket, £25 for a weekend camping pass and £35 for a family weekend camping pass (2 adults and up to 4 kids under 18).

Please note additional booking fees apply online at Ticketmaster.

For further details on what else is on offer at Stendhal Festival of Art visit: www.stendhalfestival.com