Arts Festivals Around the Country
As the summer marches on, there are more and more reasons to get out and catch unique festivals around Ireland. With award-winning performances, world-famous musicians and plenty of surprises, every single one of these festivals are brimming with culture and creativity.
From Swan Lake in Tipperary to an Indian circus spectacular in Donegal, July and August are the perfect months to bask in the arts come sunshine, sun showers or full-on downpours.
Clonmel Junction, Tipperary
With the theme Black Sheep, Clonmel Junction celebrates difference this summer from 3-9 July. Marvel at colourful balloon installations throughout the town, catch the award-winning Swan Lake/Loch na hEala by Teac Damsa and soak in the contemporary sounds of the ever-atmospheric Crash Ensemble.
Ennis Street Arts Festival, Clare
From 3-9 July, every nook and cranny in Ennis will be packed with culture and creativity. This year’s varied festival line-up includes Max Calaf’s trampoline performance Anyday, Ana Colomer’s interactive art installation detailing a Syrian refugee’s plight and the River Fergus duck race.
Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal
For two weeks – 4-23 July – Donegal’s stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way is an arts mecca. The stunning string of coastal settings host a world of performers, from afrofunk legend Femi Kuti to Riverdance lead dancer Breandán de Gallaí to the spectacular Circus Raj from India.
Cruthú Arts Festival, Longford
At just three years old, this Longford festival has cultivated an impressive line-up for 27-30 July. David Kitt and Margie Jean Lewis take to the stage in St John’s Church, Joanne Ryan explores whether or not to have a child in multimedia masterpiece Eggsistentialism and an exhibition celebrating local artist Shane Cullen opens too.
Spraoi International Street Arts Festival, Waterford
The August bank holiday weekend in Waterford City is always eye-catching, thanks to Spraoi. From 4-6 August, there’s music, performance and art throughout the medieval city. On the final night, the festival closes with the vibrant Spraoi Parade that celebrates the city’s lifeblood – the River Suir.
Kilkenny Arts Festival
A fixture on the culture schedule since the 1970s, the Kilkenny Arts Festival hosts internationally-acclaimed performers in unique locations, from churches to gardens to castles. From 11-20 August this year, festival goers can see renowned actor Stephen Rea perform Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, explore Schubert’s late masterpieces and much more.
These festivals form part of each county’s plan to boost creativity and culture in their region over the next five years. Check out what else is in store in their Creative Ireland county plans: