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This year for the first time we are very lucky to have a film crew filming the festival and catching all the action before, during and after the festival. As part of their work this year on three festivals, Festival TV chose Drimnagh to be one the events they would cover. We are very privileged to have them with us and I caught up with Barry Lennon, the volunteer coordinator from the crew to have a chat about their involvement in the Festival.

Hi Barry, thanks for chatting to me. Firstly where did the idea of Festival TV come from?

The idea for Festival TV came from two previous projects that had been done called We’re At and Summer In The Mun. As part of these projects volunteers where trained in community television production techniques. The volunteers where broken into location and studio crews and they produced studio based programmes.

The Summer In The Mun project took place in Ballymun where we worked with young people from the two youth centres Poppin Tree Youth Project and Bryr producing programmes about local issues. As part of the We’re At project we worked with volunteers covering different festivals happening in the city like the Gay Theatre Festival, The Dance Festival and the Dublin Theatre Festival.

It seems like it’s got a good track record so! The plan is to get local people from the area to work on the project, how is that working so far?

We have a few volunteers involved including a studio presenter and are also working closely with the Festival Liaison Amanda Whitehead around content to cover from the festival.

What will you be doing throughout the Festival?

We have already been out covering some groups getting ready for the festival including Sing, Act, Dance, Kickboxing and had a great historical tour of the area with local resident Michael Keogh. We will have a pop up TV studio in the Good Counsel GAA club throughout the festival and will be out filming throughout the festival.

How can people get involved?

We did an open call out for volunteers but this is now closed. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for any opportunities.

I’m sure everyone will want to see the finished product, where can we see it after it’s all done?

All the programmes will be broadcast on Dublin Community Television (DCTV) which broadcasts on UPC Channel 802 the broadcast times will be as follows: Episode one on Friday 13 , Episode two on Sunday 15th and Episode three on Tuesday 17th.

We will also make these programmes available online via YouTube and share them out on our social networks.

Dates for the diary! What are the future plans for Festival TV?

After Drimnagh we shall be taking down our pop up studio and popping up in the Liberties Festival which runs from July 15th to 19th.

There you guys, Festival TV will be around throughout the Festival so if you see them, go and say Hi! You can keep up date with all the goings on across on their Facebook Page :)

About the author

Amanda Whitehead Amanda is a freelance journalist who writes for a variety of websites. She also presents Good Morning Dublin on Dublin City FM every Thursday morning. She has strong ties to Drimnagh having lived here since the age of 12 and with her parents originally being from here, she is dedicated to showing the positives of the area through work on the blog and things like the annual Drimnagh Festival.

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