“I went out to the hazel wood, because a fire was in my head, and cut and peeled a hazel wand, and hooked a berry to a thread; and when white moths were on the wing, and moth-like stars were flickering out, I dropped a berry in a stream and caught a little silver trout.”
– W.B. Yeats
The Hazelwood is Ireland’s only Theatre Space in a Woods. We treat it as a professional receiving house with everything one would expect at a venue and all of our team come from off stage theatre backgrounds. Our aim is to promote and explore both Irish language/culture and a bit of off the wall stuff for the craic. Now in its fifth year The Hazel Wood has firmly established itself as the festival’s go-to spot for an eclectic mix of the performance arts including theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word, traditional/electronic music with an Irish slant, circus, creative work and visual art. Our space is set in a secluded woodland haven amongst a circle of traditional horse-drawn caravans, centered around a crackling campfire and adorned with a beautiful array of visual art, The Hazel Wood is a sanctuary where you can exhale, unwind and lose yourself amongst the wonder of it all by day and it livens up a good bit when the sun goes down. We would like to think of it as a fringe Arts Festival within the biggest Music Festival in Ireland.
The Hazelwood is now open for submissions for groups / individuals / organizations / collectives and artists to display work or perform in our area at the Electric Picnic 2019.
We lean towards the highlighted performing arts as the picnic has many other stages that cater to an array of musical talent. If you would like to make contact please mail us and we can take it from there.
We are inclusive and will do our absolute best to cater to any requirements you may feel put you or your group at a disadvantage.
Submission date is the 1st of June 2019.
We provide a space for the contemporary performing Arts in a Festival setting and our programs up to now reflect this with past performers like:
Eddie Lenihan, Footsbarn, The Corps Ensemble, Fetch Wilson, Electric by Ali Hardiman, Lir Academy, UCD Dance Society, Dowcha Puppets, The Ramparts, Fossetts Circus, Scannal, Seo Linn, Liam O Connor, Shandrum Ceili Band, REIC, UCC Trad Society, Lauren Ni Chasaide, Do Fada Do, Trad Society TCD, Andrias De Staic, Comedians/Speakers with Emily O Callaghan, Ashlee Bently, Blaithin De Burca, Laura Byrne, Pauleen Shanahan, Aoifa O Connor, Lisa Casey, Orla O Doherthy, Ruth Hunter, Aoifa Dooley, Aine Gallagher, Christina McMahon, Fiona Frawley, Grace Mulvey, Kate Brennan, Joanne McNulty. Tiz Mcnamara, Niall McCabe Band, Maraid McMullan, Generic People, Fleece DJ,s, Bantum, Freezeroom and guests, Jim X Comet, Marlene Enright with guests, Jack Lukeman, Tanjier, Humans of the sesh, Cathy Davy, MKAI, We Live In Cities, Jack O Rourke, Exit Perused by a Bear, Carried by Waves, Emmett Condon Homebeat, Junk Ensemble, Tobi Omoteso, NCH Javaneese Gamelan, Rebel Rebel, Puc Puppets, Gaiety School of Acting, Melting Pot Ensemble, Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Opera Theatre Company, Will It Fit In The Van, Dublin Dance Festival, Junk Ensemble, Louth Contemporary Music Society, Artists Patsy Preston, Imramma, Sam Hamilton.
An amazing team of people have got us to here like:
Melvin Benn the festival director, Sorcha O Riely with Event Design Studio, Ant and Ronans Generic People, curator/programmer Emily O Calahan, Fiona Mcginn, Triangle Productions, Cerebral Fortress, Culture Heads Art Lot, the house technical team Steff, Joe, Denzil, Freddy, Ray, Dez, Finbar, Tomas, our resident theatre company Footsbarn and the Electric Picnic Site Crew.
We teamed up with Conradh Na Gaeilge for Blian Na Gaeilge 2018 to further develop and promote the Irish language and culture and have also developed links with Laois Youth Work Ireland to give local emerging Irish Artists a chance to experience the Picnic from the stage and we will be continuing with these partnerships looking forward to the coming years.