It’s truly Festival Season in Sligo as it’s that time of year again where the Cairde Arts Festival takes over the town with an incredible range of music, theatre, dance, family events, visual art and a feast of outdoor fun.
Staring on Sunday July 1st the Cairde Arts Festival presents over 50 events in more than 20 venues all over Sligo town – there really is something for everyone. The festival brochures are available all over Sligo town and county so pop into any café, shop, gallery or theatre and pick up your copy. Two major highlights suitable for all ages are The Shelly River Boat Race on Sunday July 1st and Park Fest on Sunday July 8th.
To kick off our festival Monday, The Cairde Arts Festival is proud to present what is possibly the stupidest show ever … Delicious O’Grady – a story of love, loss and famine at The Factory Performance Space on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July. A tragicomedy set in the time of the Great Irish Famine(though it wasn’t that great). Inspired by the satirical works of Flann O’Brien, this circus theatre piece tells the tale of a family and its demise during the great hunger.It is a story of love, loss and potatoes. Few artists tackle this still painful subject. Colm O’Grady has found a way to depict the story of his ancestors with irreverence, wit and physical skill. O’Grady presents a show that is touching, hilarious and uplifting.
“Delicious O’Grady is the stupidest show I have seen at Absolut Fringe .. but also the funniest!”
“Circus, comedy and the Irish Famine, it might sound like a bizarre combination but believe me it works. You’ll be on your feet by the end of this show.”
There’s a great range of free music events starting with sweet bluegrass combo, Oh My Darling in Hargadons Bar on Monday July 2nd at 6 pm; dobro and guitar player Tom Portman in Osta Café on Tuesday July 3rd at 6.30 pm and on Wednesday July 4th festival go-ers can look forward to some edgy folk with Layne County in the Swagman at 10pm.
There’s an incredible range of music including Niwel Tsumbu, classical guitarist Morgan Szymanski, Dub reggae outfit Madu, congolese rumba and soukous from The Lace, Yungchen Lhamo and Liam O’Maonlai and more…
The Cool Mules will keep the children entertained early in the week in various venues in strandhill, Rosses Point and in chapters Café in Sligo…
Come play with us! Check out details of all festival events on www.cairdefestival.com. Tickets are also available at The Hawk’s Well theatre (071 916 1518)
Gurteen Festival, 19th – 22nd July
Sligo Jazz, 23rd – 29th July
Yeats International Summer School 29th July – 10th August
The Black Pig Festival, Ennsicrone, 9th – 13th August
Sligo Summer Festival, 8th – 11th August