Deirdre Fitzgerald, Kinsale Arts Festival and Gemma Tipton Artistic Director of Kinsale Arts Festival hanging a piece by Jackie Nickerson from her ‘Faith’ series at the ‘Virtue and Vice’ exhibition at the Mill as part of Kinsale Arts Festival 2012. Pic: John Allen

THE 2012 Kinsale Arts Festival with the theme of “Vice & Virtue” kicks off this weekend with a host of events in and around the town.

The festival runs from July 7th-15th this year and features local, national, and international work, and includes visual art, theatre, music, literature, film, dance, architecture, and family entertainment.

There is a keen emphasis on community involvement in the festival with many community members engaged in year-round festival projects as well as volunteering at festival time.

Local artists also have the opportunity to showcase their work.

The festival seeks to use all possible performance spaces in the historic town including the harbour, the streets, boats, churches and other unusual spaces.

The audience at home and from abroad are invited to expect the extraordinary and celebrate creativity.

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