The Cairde Festival is Sligo’s annual arts festival celebrating diversity. The festival takes place for one week each year in July and Sligo comes alive with an excellent range of music, theatre, dance, children’s and family events, visual art and more.
This year’s Cairde Arts Festival presents a great range of events for all the family. The Cool Mules will bring their Fish Tale incorporating live music and theatre to Strandhill Celtic in Strandhill, The Yacht Club in Rosses Point and to Chapter’s Café on Bridge St in Sligo whilst Papagena Puppet Theatre will tell the story of The House and all the colourful and curious characters living there at The Model on the Mall in Sligo.
NIWEL TSUMBU AND THE HEARTBEAT – THURS JULY 5th
Congolese-native and Ireland-based, Niwel Tsumbu, creates music with an Afrocentric base that is peppered with rumba, flamenco, and jazz, and seasoned with a dash of soukous. Singing mainly in Lingala, English, and French, Niwel transforms Congolese classics and original compositions on guitar and percussion. Energetic and steeped in African musical traditions, Rumba elements will excite the Latin and flamenco listeners.
THE STOLEN CHILD – SATURDAY JULY 7th
Cairde has teamed up with Season of Yeats for a very special once off event called The Stolen Child. A site specific, promenade style performance for children aged 4 years and older. 12 actors, musicians, dancers and performers all from the Sligo area and promises to be an exciting event and a great introduction for kids to one of Yeat’s greatest and most famous poems, The Stolen Child. Directed by Fiona McGeown, the piece will explore the innocence of youth and Yeats ideas surrounding Mysticism and the Celtic Myth.
PARK FEST - SUNDAY JULY 8th
The much anticipated Park Fest is the jewel in the crown of the Cairde Arts Festival at the Peace Park. A week of festival fun culminates in this, the final day at the Peace Park – a day long celebration of music, art, craft, circus dance and all kinds of art workshops and entertainment for the little ones. Park Fest 2012 features music performances by Moxie, The Candles, Sharon Conway and Ruby Ridge, Rackhouse Pilfer, Drumming and percussion performances with Nu Haven Drummers and Lynn’s belly dancing troupe. What’s more… Park Fest is free!!
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