The Flat Lake Festival

The Flat Lake Festival

The Flat Lake Festival
The Flat Lake Literary & Arts Festival
takes place in Clones Co Monaghan on August 25th & 26th. The Flat Lake
Literary & Arts Festival

Hilton Park
Co Monaghan

Saturday & Sunday – 25th/26th August 2007

Hilton Park is a country estate near Clones, County Monaghan. It s stunning 500 acres of exotic lake & woodland sits on the border with County Fermanagh, in the north. This summer, writer, Patrick McCabe and film-maker, Kevin Allen, will host the first arts festival of its kind in this striking enclave of hidden Ireland. Now that the troubles have finally subsided, the borderland is looking ahead to a happier future   and this annual event will hopefully contribute to some much sought after regeneration.

Our festival will be a weekend-camping affair, held in the grounds of Hilton, engaging a wide range of arts based activities.  Although a fairly low-key first year is anticipated, we intend to build up interest and infrastructure within a few years, developing it into an un-missable annual summer event  and we want you to be part of it ! We have no aspirations to develop this into any kind of heaving rock fest, but we would like this to grow into a unique event where imaginative people can exchange ideas in a spectacular environment. This is a non-profit making scenario in which we wish to avoid corporate sponsorship, so we are dependant upon arts council funding. Although we ve secured the support of our local arts office, this financial support will only expand to meet our future needs if we get off to a flying start this year  and this requires that you make a note in your diary right now and come.

The Tone
 ..and feel of the event will probably evolve through our own personal network of writers & artistes – so your participation, on any level, is very welcome.  Whether reading from your book, playing with your band, showing a movie, trying out a play, installing a sculpture, attending a brief Q&A in relation to any aspect of your work . or just pitching up with your kids for some fishing and boating, you re very welcome.

The Line Up
Sam Shepherd, Colm Tobin, Patrick McCabe, Dermot Healy, Hugo Hamilton, Victoria Clarke,  a contingent of Welsh writers (TBA),  John Cooper Clark, Stephen Fry, Eugene McCabe,  Jacki McCarrick.

Joe Rush, Giles Kent, Damien Hirst, Inigo Batterham,  Charles Cullen.

Neil Jordan, Danny Boyle,  Alan Malloney, Andrew MacDonald, Kevin Allen.

Stephen Rae
Rhys Ifans
Anna Chancellor
Adrian Dunbar
Keith Allen
Michael Gambon

Mick Jones
The Winkles
Louis Elliot
Martin Ace
Roger Pomfrey
Henry McCulloch

We are currently negotiating the line up and we ll let you know how that develops. 

Nr Clones, Co Monaghan – It s dead easy to find us   and we re a mere 90 minutes drive from either Dublin or Belfast. Have a look at the map!

The grounds will be open for camping first thing Saturday morning the 25th. The Weekend  Camping Ticket will be valid until the park closes at 6.00 pm on Monday 27th.

Weekend – all inclusive camping   
Sat to Mon   €90.00

Daily walk in Ticket  
Saturday or Sunday   €30.00 per day

10% Concession for Students & OAP s

Tickets are available via the Monaghan arts office on 047 38162 or pay at the gate

So, there it is   your August bank holiday sorted !!!
See you in August!
Kevin Allen & Pat McCabe

THE FLAT LAKE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. Whatever your skills, whatever you can offer up  we ll make good use of it all at the festival. Any help preparing the site, managing the site and striking the site will be much appreciated.  

So, if you re at a loose end in August, why not roll up early and help out. If you re an artist, the best way to evolve the Flat Lake into something truly special is to roll up your sleeves and CALL 0863519330  for details.


And don’t forget the dress code



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