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Monday 16 September 2019

Buí Bolg preparing for Dublin Tradfest

CONOR CULLEN

BUÍ BOLG have hit the ground running in the new year with preparations at an advanced stage for their first festival of 2011

Leaping salmon, dancing ducks and fiddling foxes will all be making their debut at the Temple Bar Tradfest next weekend, Saturday, January 29, and Sunday, January 30.

These clever new takes on traditional Irish characters from Buí Bolg will be entertaining the masses at Dublin's largest traditional Irish culture festival.

Medb Lambert, of the well-known Lambert puppetry family, is in Wexford this week with her partner Dónal and between them they are collaborating with Buí Bolg to devise some completely original material.

Four new street theatre pieces will be in rehearsal all week up in the Buí Bolg workshop at the Whitemill Industrial Estate with some wellestablished and respected Irish performers and traditional musicians who have travelled from as far as Cork and Galway to bring Buí Bolg's characters to fruition.

More than 13 performers are devising, rehearsing, scripting and training in Buí Bolg all week to develop these characters and they are looking forward to the results.

'I am delighted to finally see our puppets playing real instruments. This is something I have been thinking about for years and to see them being brought to life in this way means so much,' said Buí Bolg's artistic director Colm Lowney.

Anyone who wants to find out more about the Tradfest or Buí Bolg can log onto templebartrad.com or buibolg.ie.

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