Drogheda Arts Festival is back with an exclusive programme of events; online, offsite, outdoors and live over summer 2021. Beginning on the June Bank Holiday Weekend and continuing through July and August, the Arts Festival will present a variety of events including music, theatre, podcasts, family fun and visual arts.
Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on the world and so this year’s festival returns to celebrate all that is great about the Arts. Working and planning with the ongoing easing of restrictions, all Drogheda Arts Festival events will be Covid-compliant and adhere to the recommended guidelines at the time.
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 visual artist Garry Maguire, whose sculptural offsite public artwork, Transferring Perspectives will move from one location to another during August, adapting and changing to suit its environment.
Drogheda Arts Festival exists to engage, challenge and entertain audiences through an eclectic mix of creative works across all art forms and for all ages, and looks forward to 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.
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 creatives and arts practioners and professionals from across the county.
Collette Farrell /Co-Chair (Droichead Arts Centre)
Paul Hayes/Co-Chair (An Táin Arts Centre)
Aoife Ruane (Highlanes Gallery)
Moya Hodgers (Acting Arts Officer, Louth County Council/Create Louth)
Marcus Costello (Production Manager)
Brenda McComeskey (The Living Room, Sarsfields)
Brian Hegarty (33-45)
Anthony Kinahan (Quintessence Theatre Co.)
Cathal Thornton (Tailtiu Theatre Co.)
SJ McArde (SOLO at DAF)
Production manager: Marcus Costello
Administration / Marketing: Pauline Ashwood
PR: Nicola Watkins Public Relations
Design and Print
Graphic Design and Website: Zipped Eye Productions
Photography: Jenny Callanan
Videography: Bang Bang Visuals
Ciara Corrigan and the Box Office and Marketing teams at Droichead Arts Centre
Highlanes Gallery: Aoife Ruane, Stephen Hodgins, Se Kelly, Siobhan Murphy, Simon Colfer, Bertie Hetherington
Droichead Arts Centre: Collette Farrell, Tony Conaghy, John McGovern, Linda Callaghan, Rita McQuillan, Carol Ann Brodigan, Ciara Corrigan
The Living Room at Sarsfield’s: Brenda McComeskey
St Peter’s Church of Ireland: Reverend Iain Jamieson, Karen Campbell and the Select Vestry of St. Peter’s Church of Ireland
Gerrard’s Church: Michael O’Reilly
With special thanks to
Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Cllr. Dolores Minogue, Mayor of Drogheda Cllr. Kevin Callan, Deputy Mayor of Drogheda Cllr James Byrne, Joan Martin, Chief Executive, Louth County Council, Mr Paddy Donnelly, Director of Services, Louth County Council, Louth County Council staff and elected members; Superintendent Andrew Watters, Sergeant Donal McGivern and An Garda Síochána, Drogheda; Colin Maher and St. John’s Ambulance; Drogheda Fire Service; Robert Murray, President, Council of Drogheda and District Chamber of Commerce; Louth Civil Defence; Grainne Berrill, the team at Louth Volunteer Centre; Michele Whelan, Boyne Valley Tourism Officer; Moya Hodgers, Acting Arts Officer, Louth County Council, Michele Haechler & Catherine Lynch, Louth County Council Arts Office, Mary Capliss, Create Louth; Breda McWalter, OPW; The Arts Council, particularly Karl Wallace and the Festivals team; the staff and boards of all of the festival venues and locations, all funders and sponsors big and small, and of course all of the artists involved.