A tantalizing festival world awaits family and friends, as Russborough House in Blessington swings open its gates for its first EVER festival on the 28th – 30th June. Kaleidoscope Festival will provide three days of high energy, full colour, multiā€“stage entertainment over 15 stages, designed to entice and enthrall all, from babes in arms to those eligible for a bus pass!

Born out of Electric Picnic, Kaleidoscope harnesses the magic of Picnicā€™s entertainment and family campsites, tailoring the overall festival experience to the desires of the festival-going family and bringing the essence of Electric Picnic to a brand-new venue. Kaleidoscope heralds a new era of programming for the sophisticated taste of modern parents, discerning kids and all-knowing teens!

Our extensive creative programme has been tailored to cater for each and every member of the modern Irish family. Kaleidoscope offers specific programs for ā€˜smalliesā€™, for 4-8, 8-12 and 12-16 year olds, together with all the festival favourites for adults of all ages! Children and teen programmes will take place within Russboroughā€™s walled garden and an utterly enchanting fairy fort located on the forests edge. Every element of the programme has been carefully selected because it is thought provoking, interactive and inspirational, as well as hugely entertaining! We are delighted to welcome Fighting Words, Science Gallery and conservationist and animal enthusiast Collie Ennis to the creative team – specialists and enthusiasts in their fields and world leading innovators in inspirational learning. And thatā€™s not all – parents with babes in arms can bust some moves in the Baby Disco. For the energetic at heart – a feast of urban and adventure sports, water sports, morning runs and other endorphin inducing activities. Sooth your mind and body with our wellness program which includes meditation, tai chi and yoga. Our woodland spa offers access to a selection of massage treatments, hot tubs and sea weed baths. The Scrumdiddlyumptious Festival of Food is a feast of fun for everyone! And all of this in addition to the arts festival favourites of theatre, spoken word, visual art, circus, cinema, comedy and music. Kaleidoscope is a veritable feast of full family participation!

The setting of the festival is second to none. The closeness of car parks, camp site, campervan site and car camping is practically on the door step to the festival arena meaning there are no long treks to the heart of activities and entertainment. And there will be the usual availability of Boutique camping and Pink Moon camping that we have long come to associate with Electric Picnic.

It is no accident that Kaleidoscopeā€™s gates open the very day schools finish for the summer, giving families the opportunity to move straight from the classroom to the campsite and start their holiday season off with a bang! A guaranteed weekend of long summer days and enchanted summer nights, to ease you and your family of all ages into the magic.

The visual style of Kaleidoscope is contemporary, bold, bright and in your face, we invite you to get involved, get loud and get creative! We believe that the future is bright for family festivals in Ireland, and we invite you to come along, as we burst into that bright, colourful future together!
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