Friday, August 13, 2010
Proud Productions was established in 2008 as a company dedicated to entertaining Ireland's LGBT Community. The organisation is made up of a team of experienced professionals who wanted to create a unique music and arts festival open to anyone from any community encouraging a culture of inclusiveness, acceptance, diversity and celebration.
MILK Festival is the brainchild of two women; Dubliners, Emma Jane Dunne and Valerie Reaney. Using her experience in media and finance Emma Jane is Business Development Director and drawing from her photographic and visual merchandising background Valerie is Artistic Director of the festival. Partners include experienced entertainment promoters and entrepreneurs Managing Director, Donal O'Malley and Chief Financial Officer, Siobhan O'Malley.
Sir Nicholas Nugent, Proprietor of the festival venue, Ballinlough Castle has hosted many festivals over the years including LIFE Music Festival and concerts such as Van Morrison and The Pet Shop Boys. In fact, Sunday Tribune said "its probably one of the best festival sites in the country."
The organisers have been working to develop the MILK Festival over the last two years and although it is a one day event in its first year, the organisers intend to grow MILK into a two day Music and Arts festival in Ballinlough Castle within the next five years.