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Lasta Festival 2021 launch takes place Thursday, June 10 with the wonderful Soda Blonde  



Lasta Festival 2021 launch – The launch of the festival is now confirmed for June 10th at 7 pm with the magnificent Soda Blonde, the hugely popular alt-pop band from Dublin (originally Little Green Cars)

Lasta Festival 2021 launch takes place Thursday, June 10 with the wonderful Soda Blonde  

The NASC network is delighted to present LASTA, a national arts programme for young people by young people, taking place across 8 venues in Ireland from 11th – 20th June 2021.  

From all corners of Ireland, this is the biggest collaborative arts festival taking place in venues across the country from Tralee to Limerick, Ennis to Galway, Portlaoise to Longford and Dún Laoghaire to Letterkenny.  


In a new innovative approach to programming, 21 young curators were engaged by the NASC venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people. Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.  

The launch of the festival is now confirmed for June 10th at 7 pm with the magnificent Soda Blonde, the hugely popular alt-pop band from Dublin (originally Little Green Cars). This opening gig will stream live on YouTube Premiere and is free of charge, we want to encourage as many young people as possible to join the fun and find out what’s to come over the following ten days. This is a fantastic coup for the young curators, to secure such a reputable and popular band brings such an exciting buzz to the opening event of the festival.  

The Curators have delivered a unique and diverse programme of events featuring theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, spoken word along with innovative site-specific and multi-disciplinary events.  

Some of the highlights of the festival include: AfroPopCity, a Limerick-based Afrobeat and Hip-Hop Collective; Silent, Pat Kinevane’s Olivier Award-winning play; Drifting, a short film set in a small midlands town, starring Paul Mescal and Dafhyd Flynn; What Moves You, featuring Snowflake-author Louise Nealon in conversation with movement artist Douglas Reddan; actor and writer Owen Colgan star of the hit show The Hardy Bucks, brings you The Dance of Life a collection of videos; Indie rock group NewDad; singer song-writer Aoife Meade who will entertain audiences with her jazzy tones and Irish and international traditional star Lisa Canny.  

Lasta will showcase the breadth of creativity of our future arts programmers and producers. This promises to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible, and exciting festival of events. Booking is now open with many events free to attend.  

Lasta is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.  

For the complete brochure go HERE 

To find out more about all Lasta events nationally go HERE 

For more stories on Lasta go HERE

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.