So, it’s nearly 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 1 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 1 and Park Fest on Sunday July 8.
To kick off the festival, 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 2 and Tuesday 3, July. A tragicomedy set in the time of the Great Irish Famine, and 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. 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.
Throughout the week there is a great range of free music events starting with sweet bluegrass combo, Oh My Darling in Hargadons Bar on Monday July 2 at 6 pm; dobro and guitar player Tom Portman in Osta Café on Tuesday July 3 at 6.30 pm and on Wednesday July 4 festival goers can look forward to some edgy folk with Layne County in the Swagman at 10pm.
There’s an incredible range of world 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 Bridge Street, Sligo. Check out details of all festival events on www.cairdefestival.com A lot of the events are free, but for the others, tickets are also available from The Hawk’s Well Theatre box office on 071-9161518.