The Programme for this year’s Drogheda Arts Festival was unveiled at a reception this morning at St Laurence’s Gate, Drogheda, with special guest Mayor of Drogheda Cllr. Paul Bell.
The 12th Drogheda Arts Festival, 25 April to 2 May 2016, developed specially by a committed festival programme team from Drogheda and the Boyne Valley, presents the first festival of the summer, with a diverse programme across all of the arts which brings critically acclaimed local and international artists, for a full seven days, which will reach its climax for the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
This year’s line-up promises to be something special: from the iconic: DJ David Holmes, and fiddler Gerry O’Connor, to the traditional: Kern and uileann piper Dara ÓHéiligh. From the contemporary: Michael McLoughlin, Cecily Brennan, Manchán Magan and Brokentalkers, to the classical: Chopin and Beethoven, and the revolutionary, with a public interview titled Dissenters, with Waking the Feminists founder Lian Bell, and the world premiere of The Big Fellow, a new play based on the life of Michael Collins as told by Frank O’Connor.
There will be a rehearsed reading of one of the world’s oldest and longest poems directed by playwright Mark O’Rowe, theatre for both adults and children, and a multitude of special musical performances by some of Ireland’s most important practitioners. The festival will also feature a new guided experience of Drogheda using technology, traditional storytelling and song, a film quiz with quizmaster extraordinaire Gráinne Humphreys (ADIFF), a specially curated evening of diverse music by Kaleidoscope Night, three new dynamic and vital spoken word performers in The Word. There will be spectacular street performances, and even a ‘mini festival’, with the Bank Holiday afternoon at Beaulieu House & Gardens, and three new treasure tours of the Boyne Valley, which will highlight its art, culture and natural beauty, finishing of a great festival experience in style.
There is a particular emphasis on family and participation as Drogheda welcomes young and old into its historic streets and buildings for new experiences, serious engagement, fun and relaxation. The centenary of the Easter 1916 Rising is important to this year’s festival, with a number of programme elements reflecting, exploring, and reimagining ideas around it, including an exhibition, new theatre work for the stage, and for the park, and a public interview with a visionary of our time.
Drogheda Arts Festival would not be possible without the steadfast core funding from Louth County Council, a festival programming grant from the Arts Council, key sponsorship from
Western Motors and Skoda, Coca-Cola International Services, the d Hotel, and the many local businesses which have been both inspired and energised by the arts.
Come and engage with this ambitious and hugely varied selection of work.
Thrill to the new, luxuriate in the old, essay the unusual…
See the full programme here.