BIG HOUSE happened August 2013.

The inaugural BIG HOUSE Festival - A Cultural Carnival of arts, music, film and entertainment - took place in the magical surroundings of Castletown House and Parklands on 3-5 August 2013. At BIG HOUSE, there was a new experience around every corner, whether you’re looking for top-drawer culture and entertainment, fab food and drink, or a daytrip with a difference in extraordinary surroundings. One ticket gets you a full day of amazing entertainment. All 50+ events happened every day of the festival, except for our 'Special Guests' who appeared for one night only each.


BIG HOUSE is a biennial festival set in the house and beautiful parklands of Castletown House, in Celbridge, Co Kildare. The inaugural BIG HOUSE festival happened over the August Bank Holiday weekend 2013, with the next one being planned for summer 2015. Enjoy tea-time theatrics or dance in the colonnades, discover rock ‘n roll in the ballroom or tap your toes to trad with a twist, picnic on the lawn as an opera plays out before you, pause by the silver screen, or bathe in the sounds of a classical quartet by the lake. And later get lost in a forest full of mechanical birds, or speak your mind at the BIG HOUSE Parliament. Explore the house and your imagination! Visitors come along at lunchtime and stay until last light at what is Ireland’s first site-specific arts festival.

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The Dáil may have risen for the summer and the Seanad may have cleared the way for the people to vote it out of existence, but democracy never rests!

The BIG HOUSE Parliament – a citizens’ …

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Why Castletown House?

Castletown House has a history of arts and entertainment on-site for over 300 years. BIG HOUSE – as Ireland’s first site-specific arts festival, will build on this tradition with a distinctly contemporary twist.

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