OAKtoberfest is about ready to roll - and is all happening in the Craft Village and Sandinos Venue this Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7.
Split over two days from noon until 6pm, local people can enjoy acoustic music, drama, readings, authors, two comedy shows, food, fun and the North West Heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam - with most events completely free of charge.
Any Slammers interested in taking part in the local heats for the All Ireland Poetry Slam can register their name at: firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up at 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon, October 7, at the Cottage in the Craft Village. The Slam Winner will get an expenses paid trip to Cork to represent the North West Region in the All Ireland Final.
Among the local musicians confirmed for this Saturday are Joanna Fagan, Conor Hutcheon, Connor Kelly and Ronan Kearney.
While the Thatched Cottage from 3pm will see readings from Ann Crilly and author and playwright Dave Duggan, who will read from from his new novel ‘A Sudden Sun’.
Also on Saturday will be a rehearsed reading by The Porterhouse Players of ‘Thirst’ by Myles Na gCopalleen and an event entitled ‘Making Bassam’ - a short film followed by an extract from ‘Bassam’, a play by Idan Meir about Bassam Aramin, one of the founders of Combatants for Peace, followed by a Q&A by Actor Fadl Mustapha (Bassam) and Director Idan Meir.
From 9pm on Saturday night will be Part 1 of OAKtoberfest’s Comedy Nights in the Craft Village Thatched Cottage.
Hosted by Victoria E Armstrong, comedians will include Gary Lynch, Leigh Stirrup, Mark Cahill, Lorcan McGrane, Lorcan Hanna, Daniel Devine, James Lecky and Rory McSwiggan. Eight great comedians for the price of a pint!
Sunday, October 7, will offer another fantastic outdoor and indoor set of events including live music, local actor Gordon Fulton and the North West Heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam.
Comedy Nights (Part II) will take place on Sunday evening at Sandinos Venue from 9pm, featuring comedians such as Michael Porter, Danny McCrossan, Frank Rafferty, Sorcha Shanahan, John Jordan, Margo Carr, Peter Davidson, Bobby Best and more.
See Friday’s Journal for more details or look up OAKtoberfest on Facebook.