Larne Festival highlights include carnival and ‘Arts in the Park’

Larne Arts Festival runs June 8-26.
Larne Arts Festival runs June 8-26.

A three-week showcase of Larne’s creative communities will commence in colourful style on Saturday, June 8.

Schoolchildren have been brightening the streets with specially designed lamppost banners for Larne Arts Festival, which runs until June 26 June

The action-packed ‘A Work of Art’ themed programme is part funded by the Executive Office’s Together Building United Community Strategy.

Traders are also getting involved by creating festival themed window displays and special promotions.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Maureen Morrow said: “From the carnival to Arts in the Park, there really is something for everyone in the family to enjoy and it will truly be a great weekend in Larne. We have a range of fantastic independent retailers with special offers, and lots of good food.

“Council is committed to supporting art of all forms for our citizens and we’re hoping there will be a great turnout from people right across the borough and beyond. I would like to thank Executive Office’s Together Building United Community Strategy for their funding contribution to this festival.”

The festivities kick off at 1pm on Saturday, June 8 with entertainment at Broadway. At 3pm, dancers, vintage cars, music and artists will wind their way from Larne Market Yard, Circular Road, Quay Street and Main Street as part of the carnival parade.

The following day, the free Arts in The Park will be another highlight with artists showcasing their work with ‘come and try it’ sessions, demonstrations of arts and crafts from around the world, family fun entertainment, live music and guided tours on the park’s history from Larne Renovation Generation.

The event will feature live music by Larne Music Yard, The Sandrunners, The Promise and Lisa Dawson.

There are a number of free and paid car parking spaces around Larne town centre all within easy reach of the parade route.

Larne Town Park is situated on Glenarm Road. There is a limited number of car parking spaces on site and members of the public are encouraged to make use of town centre car parks were a free shuttle bus service will be in operation 12.30pm - 6pm.

For more information on the line-up, event timings and transport, check out www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/larneartsfest