The sky is the limit for CAIRDE Sligo Arts Festival in 2019

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is set to return from July 6th to 13th 2019. Following on from a sun-drenched crowd-filled festival in 2018, the week-long event returns to host a stellar lineup of Irish and international musicians, artists and performers in a range of unique and surprising venues and locations across County Sligo.

Commenting on this year’s Festival, event director Tara McGowan said: “The Festival has been on an exciting trajectory in recent years; we are delighted to welcome new funding from the Arts Council of Ireland’s ‘Arts Grant Fund’ which will allow us to bring ground breaking Irish and international artists together for exciting and new collaborative work. On top of this good news, funding through the Arts Council’s Festival and Event programme has been practically doubled for 2019. This will help us greatly with the further expansion of the arts festival, bringing more Irish and international acts to Sligo, as well as expanding our audiences, and attracting international visitors to the region.

An unmissable week of culture, family-friendly events, visual art and street-theatre will launch with Park Fest, the annual day-long event in Sligo’s Peace Park. Songs By the Sea, intimate gigs in some of Sligo’s most loved sea-side cafes will return, as will Cairde Visual, the open submission visual art exhibition in conjunction with The Model. Cairde SAF collaborates with Brokentalkers and the Hawk’s Well Theatre on new work for theatre and the music programme will be launched with an exciting new collaboration featuring Claudia Schwab, Cathy Jordan and Irene Buckley with international musicians Bodek Janke, Raphael Decoster and Soof Nikritin.

Headline acts and the full programme will be announced shortly.

Comments - 5


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February 19, 2019 10:23 pm Reply


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February 27, 2019 7:49 pm Reply

Jordan McSharry

Yeah I agree! Always a wonderfully eclectic mix of events to choose from during the week to suit all tastes and ages – not to be missed!

May 9, 2019 10:23 pm Reply

Pete McGowan

This is a cool festival. It’s a great mix of cool theatre picks, nice, friendly atmosphere in the venues, etc. Oozes taste and good vibes

May 9, 2019 11:20 pm Reply


Cairde Summer Festival is the best week of feasts of fun, music, wonder, smiles, art, dance, theatre, love, sweat, tears of joy, parties, pubs, diversity, culture, smiling faces, picnics, parks, vibrancy, meeting old and new friends friends friends and wearing fancy frocks if you feel like it …always a fantastic exciting atmosphere…. You just have to go and enjoy every moment of it. Tis Cairde, tis the best. Can’t wait to paaaartaaaay!!!

May 12, 2019 2:59 am Reply

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