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Drogheda Arts Festival will be cancelled for 2020

The programming committee of Drogheda Arts Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel the festival in its entirety for 2020. While many services and shops are beginning to reopen, the restrictions around live events make it impossible for us to produce the Arts Festival later in the year. Health and safety for both our artists and audiences is our priority at this time. We would like to thank the Arts Council and Louth County Council for enabling us to pay cancellation fees to our cultural workers. For those who have purchased a ticket to an event, the box office in Droichead Arts Centre will be in contact when it opens again in August.

We look forward to returning in 2021 when we can bring the best of Irish and international artists to Drogheda once again.

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DROGHEDA ARTS FESTIVAL 2020 | Artist Commission

Commission Award: Maximum €5000 

Deadline:  6th December 2019 at 4:00pm

Call for proposals from professional artists, arts collectives, and arts companies based in the North East [Louth, Meath, Monaghan or Cavan] and working in any genre to support the presentation of new work at the Drogheda Arts Festival in May 2020. 

The Drogheda Arts Festival: Set against the backdrop of the Boyne Valley’s cultural capital, the Drogheda Arts Festival takes place each year during the May bank holiday weekend. The first festival of the summer swings into action with an eclectic mix of theatre, music, traditional arts, literature and spoken word, visual art, family and outdoor activities for all ages. The festival is supported by Louth County Council and the Arts Council, and is programmed and delivered by a voluntary committee. For more on the festival, and to see our 2019 programme, see 

Commission Award: This commission is open to professional artists at any stage in their career looking to present new work in a festival setting. The aim of the commission is to assist artists living in the North East region to present new work and develop their professional practice. This new work can take any form – including visual arts interventions (please note both Highlanes Gallery and Droichead Arts Centre will be separately programmed, so all visual arts proposals should be outside of these two spaces), performance of new music compositions, scripted theatre, off-site dance, and everything in between – we are not prescriptive about in the manner in which you work, only that the work is new, ambitious, and professional. 

The successful artist or arts collective will be selected by a shortlisting and interview process, based on artist(s) CV, proposal, budget, previous work, and references.  


Please email Paul Hayes/Collette Farrell at  with one pdf document including the following details: 

  • Artist(s) CV (max three pages)- of all artists involved in the project.  
  • Proposal to include: 

Artist Statement: 250 words

Overview of Proposal: 250 words

Detailed Proposal: 500-1000 words. As well as information about the work and any associated outreach, workshops and/or talks, reference should be made to the audience you would like to reach, where you envisage the work being presented, and how this commission will support your professional practice. 

  • Detailed budget. You need to provide a full breakdown on all expenditure and sources of income.Please note that any box office will be festival box office. 
  • Samples of current and previous work (max three pages). This can include photos, excerpts from scripts, drawings of work in development, writing samples, and/or links to audio or video/Dropbox files, and your website. 
  • If the proposal is for an off-site location, please provide evidence that the site is accessible, and that you have sought permission to use/consulted with owners etc. 
  • Phone and email contact information for two arts professional references. 

Application deadline: Friday 6th December 2019 at 4:00pm. Late applications will be deemed ineligible. Please send your application in the requested pdf format. No hard copy applications will be accepted. The Drogheda Arts Festival is kindly supported by Louth County Council and the Arts Council

Ten plagues news

Ten Plagues – Drogheda Arts Festival Commission 2019

We are delighted to announce that the recipients of the Drogheda Arts Festival 2019 Commission are Drogheda artists Els Borghart and Declan Kelly, who, as members of The Belfast Ensemble, will present a visual re-imagining of Ten Plagues during this year’s festival. Part torch song, part Schubert, this ground-breaking piece of music-theatre written by composer Conor Mitchell and playwright Mark Ravenhill traces one man’s journey through a city in crisis.

Ten Plagues will be presented in the Droichead Arts Centre on Sunday May 5th 2019, with performances at 5pm and 9pm. For further details and to book tickets click here.

The Drogheda Arts Festival Commision has been developed to support professional artists from the North East in the development and presentation of new work, and is kindly supported by Louth County Council and the Arts Council. For details on additional ways to participate in the festival, please email Elaine at




If you are a professional visual artist from Louth, we want to hear your proposals for small, temporary artworks to be integrated into the Drogheda streetscape. Applications to be emailed to Elaine at, to include your artist CV, project ideas, material budgets, artist fees, and samples of previous work.

Deadline: Friday, January 4th at 4pm



Are you in a band? Is that band from Louth?
Would you like to play at the Drogheda Arts Festival on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th 2019?
This is a paid opportunity for a family-friendly, 30 minute set – no covers.

Email Paul at with your details and some song samples!
Deadline: Friday, January 18th 2019 at 4pm