About the Festival
Rooted in the community, yet looking to the international stage, Clonmel Junction Festival is now in its 18th year of bringing the best in live music, theatre, street performance, comedy, visual art, food events and much, much more to Clonmel and the surrounding regions.
This year will see CJAF celebrating the wealth of talent on our own doorstep, by placing them front and centre in our Home-grown Heroes strand.
Clonmel Junction Arts Festival will mount, on an annual basis, a stand-alone festival of high-quality artistic events and will present other entertainment projects throughout the year in order to meet the cultural needs of the public and to promote the locality as a centre of the arts.
History of the Festival
The first Junction Festival was in 2001. It was a modest affair with four theatre shows each playing one performance, one comedy performance and a few sessions in the pub. All events sold out completely. With such enthusiasm it was decided to turn Clonmel Junction Festival into an annual event. The Festival then introduced the street art programme which has become such a distinctive part of the event in the subsequent years. The Festival has been growing year after year and has played host to musicians such as Damien Rice, KT Tunstall, The Ruby Sessions, Kila, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Foy Vance, Pete PAMF, Kasai Masai, Adama Yalomba, Jack L, Mary Black and The Dubliners.
Theatre highlights include Tom Crean Antartic Explorer; Tick my Box; NoFit State Circus; Knee Deep; Tall Tales acclaimed production Wallflowering; Fidget Feets’ Raw and Remember Her; The Syringa Tree; Sclavi: the Song of an Emigrant; Sensazione, an eco-theatrical fun fair and the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival sensation Loch na hEala.
Other notable features of Clonmel Junction Arts Festival include the participation programme, whereby artists work alongside local schools and community groups to produce work that appears in the Festival.