Calling all performers, comedians and contortionists, crafters and workshop leaders!

Body & Soul Festival, held in the grounds of Ballinlough Castle on the Meath/Westmeath border, that curates diverse experiences that celebrate life, music, culture and the arts is calling all musicians and performers, comedians and contortionists, crafters and workshop leaders to entertain and energise at this year’s three-day event. If this sounds like you, get your application in now.

Winning multiple awards for innovation, sustainability, and business, the female-led team has launched numerous multi-disciplinary projects in its 20-year history, each one more ambitious than the last and having returned with a roar after Covid is looking for artists who create and design installations and three-dimensional creation, wellness leaders and therapy facilitators, culinary creators, artisan makers and food vendors.

Body & Soul started by a group of like-minded individuals that wanted to create, celebrate, and "shake off the real world for a while", said a B&S spokesperson.

"Stages grew and friends flocked from around the world to help create a damn fine party and celebrate the summer solstice in unforgettable locations, with thousands of like-minded revellers all sharing in the same experience.

"True to the pillars of Body & Soul, we’re looking for collaborators and contributors who share these values and want to share in the magic. So if it’s restorative or revolutionary, delicate or debauched, ground-breaking or mouth-watering, truth-telling, taste-making, or anything in between, we want to hear about it."

Just before Christmas Body & Soul announced the first acts who will take to the stages of Ballinlough Castle on June 16th–18th 2023.

"We’re delighted to announce the first musical offerings who will light up Body & Soul’s handcrafted stages include Berlin’s electronic supergroup Moderat, voted "The #1 Live Act of the Year" in 2009 by the readers of Resident Advisor, playing their first Irish performance in over 6 years and BCUC: Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness, a seven-piece band bringing Indigenous funk, hip hop consciousness and punk rock energy from Soweto.

"Legendary BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Gilles Peterson, a key supporter of forward-thinking underground music, endlessly promoting jazz, hip-hop and electronic music in the UK and beyond over the past three decades and Chilean DJ, electronic music producer, singer, radio host and label owner Shanti Celeste will share her unique DJ blend of House, Techno, Ambient and Electro.

"The first Irish artists to be announced include singer songwriter Aoife Nessa Francis, fresh off American and European tours throughout 2022 and Choice Music Prize nominee Sorcha Richardson, with songs from her critically acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Smiling Like An Idiot’."

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