Drop Everything

Taking forward-thinking design, art and music and plonking it into a rather Wickerman-esque setting, Drop Everything looks to be a brilliant, if bizarre addition to the creative calendar.

All at sea
All at sea

Drop Everything is a free contemporary culture biennial, and its second event takes place this week on the rather remote setting of Inir Oírr – the smallest of the three Aran Islands – which received their five minutes of fame as the home of the fictional Craggy Island in Father Ted.

Rich Gilligan, Firekids
Rich Gilligan, Firekids

However, visitors to Drop Everything are unlikely to hear much in the way of traditional-sounding tunes in the lineage of Ted and Dougal’s My Lovely Horse; with music courtesy of a resident DJ at renowned house and techno club Panorama Bar, in Berlin.

Art by Sougwen
Art by Sougwen

Among those showing their work at the surreal-sounding event are Dublin-based design consultancy me&him&you; Irish designer Sorcha O’Raghallaigh; photographer Richard Gilligan; Dutch artist Lukas Julius Keijser; Sougwen; graphic designer Annie Atkins and moving image studio Lightscape.

Rich Gilligan, Cherry Orchard Snow
Rich Gilligan, Cherry Orchard Snow

Other musicians gracing the bill are the wonderful Molly Nilsson, and New York-based international sound collective Soundwalk.

Art by Sougwen
Art by Sougwen

As with its 2012 debut, this year’s festival is financed by crowd-funding, with all crew and participants donating their time for free. It has been organised by Mary Nally, and the site was designed by JP Hartnet, using beautiful photography by John Hooper as the backdrop.

Luke Franklin, Inishark
Luke Franklin, Inishark

Drop Everything runs from 23 -25 May at Inir Oírr, Co. Galway, Ireland. For more information visit www.dropeverything.net

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