As the festival season gets into full swing across the country, the town of Glenties will host its first annual Glenties Busking Festival from Friday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 24th.
This is a very exciting prospect indeed, a weekend of fantastic entertainment for all the family set against the backdrop of this beautiful traditional town, and all of this for free!
Organising is in full swing, with performers from across the Donegal, Ireland and Europe logging on to www.glenties.ie to register their participation.
It’s not surprising that there has been so much interest with a prize fund of €3500.
There is also a junior section for performers up to the age of 16 years old, so this really is a festival for all the family. Free live entertainment will take place on the street and in the pubs around town on Friday night with registration taking place on Saturday morning at Glenties Community Centre between 10am and 12 noon.
The actual competition takes place all day Saturday with performances throughout the day on Main Street. Performers will be judged under 3 categories - talent, entertainment value and crowd participation. It should also be mentioned that Busking is not just about musicians, and the Festival is open to all types of street entertainers.
Just because the judging is finished on Saturday evening, the entertainment does not stop there. Entertainment will continue through the evening and into the night, with live music and performances on the street and in the pubs. Sunday will be more of the same with the presentation to Competition winners at 2pm on Sunday at the Bridge on Main Street. This will be followed by performances by all the winning acts and presentations of prizes.
On Saturday, June 23rd, a variety concert will be held in the Community Centre, Glenties starting at 8.30p.m. This event is hosted by the Glenties Community Action Group and features The Cookstown Sizzlers and local acts. Admission is €5 with all proceeds going to Glenties Church of Ireland restoration fund.