This year’s Drogheda Arts Festival showcases Irish exclusives and premieres, the best in touring theatre, international musicians and spoken word artists, exciting visual arts exhibitions, interventions and pop-up studios, and a new – and free – family day in St Dominic’s Park, where you can kick back and enjoy music, spectacle, and circus performers by the banks of the Boyne.
Our support of local professional artists continues, with creative practitioners from the North East represented across the programme. This year’s Drogheda Arts Festival Commission recipient is The Belfast Ensemble, represented by Drogheda-based visual artists and ensemble members Els Borghart and Declan Kelly. Together, with composer Conor Mitchell and playwright Mark Ravenhill, they present a reimagining of Ten Plagues, in what promises to be a visceral, visual, theatrical experience. Our Public Art Interventions Programme takes to St Dominic’s Park this year, with artists from Art as Exchange (AAEX) and Creative Spark working live with the community in creating an installation of paper lanterns on Bank Holiday Monday. We look forward to continuing this exciting collaboration with artists from the region through both opportunities, and will be opening our calls for 2020 this summer.
The Drogheda Arts Festival was initiated in 2003 by the then Arts Officer for Drogheda, Rosemary Collier, and is now programmed and produced by a voluntary team comprised of artists and arts professionals from across the county, including Louth Arts Officer, Brian Harten. The festival is currently undergoing a period of reflection, reminiscing and reimagining the possibilities for a community celebration that has so far spanned sixteen years. We have always intended for our audiences to be engaged, challenged and entertained through an eclectic mix of creative works across all art forms and for all ages, and see a future where this remains as our core value. Our opportunity now is to look forward and picture a festival that will ebb and flow with the changes and concerns of the community who shape it. In the coming months, we will host a series of offline and online open coffee mornings – and evenings – so the audiences, artists, movers, shakers, and – most importantly – dreamers of Drogheda can imagine the possibilities together.
Collette Farrell & Elaine Cronin
Co-Chairs Drogheda Arts Festival 2019