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Festival Friends,

We’re delighted to bring you news of the 2017 Drogheda Arts Festival Programme which was launched on Monday morning 20th March at Muireadach’s Cross, Monasterboice, just outside Drogheda by the Mayor of Drogheda, Cllr. Oliver Tully.

Speaking at the launch, the Mayor expressed his pride and support of the artistic and cultural ambition of the festival saying ‘Drogheda is rich with a people engaged in a whole range of cultural activity, and this festival expresses that confidence and interest in the arts and heritage, also looking outwards and reflecting and hosting the very best from artists across the world. I look forward to planning an exciting week of artistic pursuits this May Bank Holiday week and encourage others to do the same.’

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Chairperson of the festival, Aoife Ruane, expressed her gratitude to the programming committee, and anticipation of the artists and organisations that will present and perform at this year’s festival, and a welcome to old and new festival attendees…’Drogheda Arts Festival would not be possible without the generous and steadfast core funding from Louth County Council, a festival programming grant from the Arts Council, key sponsorship from Western Motors and Skoda and the d Hotel, and the many local businesses which have been both inspired and energised by the arts… and as it’s the first festival of the summer ‘Thugamar féin an Samhradh linn!’

Drogheda Arts Festival will present a Louth Contemporary Music Society special commission, the world premiere of The Louth Work, by composer James Dillon, two Irish Exclusives in the form of Thor and Friends (US musician, painter, and carpenter, former percussionist with Swans) and a Bank Holiday Sunday night DJ Set by Terry Hall, as well as a special rehearsed reading of poems by three of the world’s greatest poets of the last 150 years.

This year, two of the core programming organisations have reached significant milestones. Upstate Theatre Project celebrates their twentieth year and Highlanes Gallery its tenth. Each will present exciting new work to mark these important anniversaries, with Upstate presenting the World Premiere of Urban Oratorio, a multilayered, multi-discipline work, displaying all of the hallmarks of this innovative company’s approach, and Highlanes (in association with Droichead Arts Centre) mounting an exciting new exhibition looking at how artists engage with and respond to the built environment surrounding us.

There will be theatre for both adults and children, and special musical performances across many disciplines by some of Ireland’s most important and emerging practitioners. Diversity will be key. From the sublime (Crash Ensemble) to the ridiculous (Fanzini’s Circus Jukebox); from the traditional (Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill) to the contemporary (Elaine Hoey, Gerard Byrne and Sharon Olds); not to mention the classic (Bram Stoker, Robert Ballagh).

There will be spectacular street performances by the River Boyne and at The Cottage Market, and the annual ‘mini festival’ with the Bank Holiday Afternoon at Beaulieu House & Gardens. Also featured this year will be a new short film festival evening, a film quiz presided over by the acclaimed actor, Karl Shiels, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture responding to a historic garden, and three new treasure tours of the Boyne Valley, each of which will highlight its art, culture and natural beauty.

The team at Drogheda Arts Festival are excited to present the seven day programme of the 13th Drogheda Arts Festival. Spring has sprung with its familiar sights and sounds heralding rebirth, growth and possibility, and it’s the perfect time to plan a visit to (or indeed remain in) Drogheda, the cultural capital of the Boyne Valley, for this coming May Bank Holiday week, teeming as it will be with artists and events, both local and international.

To view the 2017 programme and for bookings, click here or telephone the festival box office, kindly hosted at Droichead Arts Centre, on T. +353 41 9833946

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