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Family Fun at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival

ROLL UP, ROLL UP! Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is full of FAMILY FUN and arts activities for children and young families. Expect to discover the best in street theatre, live music, interactive workshops and much more.

FAMILY HIGHLIGHTS for 2017 include PARK FEST which kicks off Cairde on Sunday 9th July in Sligo’s Peace Park. This year’s Park Fest opens at 12.15 with a family yoga session led by Louise Waters followed by a day long programme of activities including aerial performances by The Barren Carousel and Acro Aer Sligo; street performance by Cillian Rogers of the Workhouse Studios; music by Tenekee Station, Mirenda Rosenberg, Rory & Stephen O’Dowd, Tiernan Courell & Alice Purcell, a range of fun inter-active workshops for children and much more. Read More >>

CREATIVE IRELAND: For this year’s festival, we are delighted to collaborate with the Creative Ireland programme for a new event – Street Fest. An action packed family day out, Street Fest will take place on Saturday the 15th of July.  Featuring a range of performances including the hilarious unicycling street circus show Yodel by Ouch Entertainment, Sligo based Samboeire Samba Band and animated storytelling sessions with Wayne O’Connor. Realta Entertainment’s circus workshops invite kids to learn juggling, plate spinning and slack rope walking, and Sligo’s newly launched screen-printers Pulled will host workshops for all to screen print their own post cards or tote bags.Read More>>

 

CAIRDE KIDS: this special family friendly programme includes the delightful ‘Caterpillars’, a magical performance by Kallo Collective, the wonderful Kíla Kids concert and One World Disco with DJ Will Softly.

Taking place on Mon 10 July at 3pm in The Factory Performance space is Caterpillars, a magical show by award winning Finnish children’s theatre company, Kallo Collective for ages 4 and up. The audience is brought into a quirky dream where the stage is filled with a swaying sea of bright giant flowers, flitting butterflies, jumping eggs and two enormous plump caterpillars. Read More>> 

A special Kíla Family Concert takes place at The Model on Tuesday 11th July at 3pm. This show allows children to engage with the music in fun, interactive and unusual ways, and is sure to enthrall audiences with its lively musical acrobatics. Children will also have an opportunity to hear the music that Kila composed for the film The Song of the Sea performed live along with this beautifully animated film. Read More>> 

On Wednesday 12 July at 3pm it will be time once again to shake, move, wiggle & bounce to the sounds of DJ Will Softly at the One World Disco for Kids in The Hawks Well Foyer. Will, a regular to Cairde & one of our festival favourites, has inspired kids all over Ireland to shake their thang including at Electric Picnic Soul Kids, Body & Soul & more. Read More>> 

And you never know where you might find fairies or what kind of mischief they might get up to. Join Jay Ryan on a daring adventure for children aged 3 – 5 and their families at The Hawks Well with The Trouble with Fairies on Sat 15 July at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Read More>>

 

 

 

The Model presents Cairde Visual 2017

In 2013, a group of established Sligo based artists came together with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival with an aim to create a significant, international open submission exhibition for the North West. Cairde Visual was born and the first annual submission took place in The Hyde Bridge Gallery in 2014. The exhibition has, in a short space of time, become a much-anticipated feature in the arts festival’s programme and in the cultural calendar of the region, not to mention an increasingly important fixture for artists all over Ireland and abroad.  The third annual exhibition in 2016 boasted over 70 artworks from local, national and international artists, featuring a great diversity of media.

The Model came on board as a collaborative partner in 2015, offering The Model Cara Award – a short-term residency in The Model’s artist studio. Recipients of the Model Cara award to date have been Helen Blake in 2015, both Daniel Chester and Selma Makela in 2016 and Anna Spearman in 2017.

The move of Cairde Visual to The Model for 2017 is an exciting development for all concerned. Director of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Tara McGowan, believes that the collaboration with The Model will further enhance the reputation of the annual exhibition. ‘We are delighted to collaborate with The Model as one of Ireland’s leading arts centres. The phenomenal growth and success of the exhibition over the past three years has lead to an increase each year in submissions. The Model’s beautiful gallery spaces will ensure that we can showcase selected works in the best possible way”.

Acting Director at The Model, Emer McGarry is equally looking forward to collaborating with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival on Cairde Visual. ““Part of the core work of The Model is to offer opportunities for the development of professional artists. We are delighted to partner with Cairde Visual in 2017 and to extend the opportunity for local, national and international artists at all stages in their careers to submit work for consideration. We believe that we can bring our expertise and experience to the progression of this Sligo-based open submission exhibition”

Runs Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5pm and Sun 10.30 – 3.30 until Saturday, August 5.

Photo © Colin Gillen/framelight.ie

2017 Festival Programme Announcement + Box Office Open

2017 Festival Programme Announcement + Box Office Open


ROLL UP, ROLL UP!
The 2017 Cairde Sligo Arts Festival returns this summer from July 9th – 15th. Sligo is set to transform in to a kaleidoscope of colourful cultural happenings with an incredible range of visual art, kids events, theatre, spoken word, performance and music from all over the world. This year’s programme features over 40 events in venues across Sligo town and county. Tickets are now on sale from the Cairde Festival website or the Hawk’s Well Theatre Box Office. Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo – book online or call 071 9161518

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS for 2017 include aerial theatre by The Barren Carousel, acclaimed Finnish children’s theatre company Kallo Collective, music by Irish-Persian Ensemble Nava, guitar duo Redmond O’Toole and John Walsh, Leonard Barry’s newly formed trad outfit New Road and The Clandestinos; theatre with Pat Kinevane and Aindrias di Staic; family concert with Kíla and the site specific THE WALLS HAVE EARS by Bottlenote Music.

The Model presents Cairde Visual, will open on Thursday July 6th and run until Sat August 5th and present a great range of artists across all media. The festival’s annual giant garden party – PARKFEST – marks the start of Cairde on Sunday 9th July with a day-long FREE celebration in Sligo’s Peace Park featuring aerial performances by The Barren Carousel and Acro Aer Sligo; street performance by Cillian Rogers of the Workhouse Studios, arts activities for kids, graffiti and circus workshops; local arts, craft and food stalls serving a range of delicious goods where the emphasis is on local.

Music highlights include The Walls Have Ears – A magical, site-specific experiential evening of new and improvised music featuring Seán MacErlaine and Shane Latimer of Bottlenote Music with invited guests Jennifer Walshe, Claudia Schwab and Phil Minton. A sell-out show at Dublin’s Fringe Festival, The Walls have Ears will move outside Dublin for the first time. The Sligo event will take place in No. 2 John Street. Audiences will be led from one room to another to experience a series of quiet improvisations, explosive sets and moments of magic.

Guitar aficionados John Walsh and Redmond O’Toole will come together for a rare and distinctive concert on Wednesday July 12th whilst on Thursday July 13th, Irish-Persian quartet Navá explore the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of members of string band Pine Marten; Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.

Kieran Quinn and Charlie McGettigan will host an evenng celebrating the song writer on Saturday July 15th whilst later that evening, audiences can enjoy Appalachian old-time, blues and beyond with ‘New Road’ comprising Leonard Barry (uileann pipe & whistle), Rick Epping (harmonica, banjo & vocals), Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, mandolin, fiddle and vocals) and Andy Morrow (fiddle & vocals). This incredible night of music will be topped off with the reggae ska outfit, The Clandestinos, who will take us into the wee hours at the Cairde Festival Club.

Songs by the Sea – a series of music events in seaside cafés – returns in 2017 with performances by Myles Manley, Felip Carbonnell and The Hunter in Pudding Row, Nook, Shells Seaside Café, The Little Cottage Café and Eithna’s by the Sea.

The Cairde Kids programme includes the delightful ‘Caterpillars’, a magical performance by Kallo Collective, the wonderful Kíla Kids concert and One World Disco with DJ Will Softly.

This years Cairde Sligo Arts Festival also features ‘Hands across the world’ a multicultural event bringing together Sligo’s diverse communities for a taste of world cuisine with Sligo Global Kitchen, performance with Sligo Cultural Exchange and mini-talks / spoken word featuring Ruairí McKiernan and Sorcha Fox amongst others.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is delighted to collaborate with the Creative Ireland programme for this year’s closing event. Street Fest will take place on Saturday the 15th of July featuring a range of performances including the hilarious unicycling street circus show Yodel by Ouch Entertainment, Sligo based Samboeire Samba Band, The Troubadour Mules and more.

 

Cairde Announces Festival Highlights

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival whose core ethos is to celebrate cultural diversity and inclusion through a highly imaginative programme of events. Each year in July, Sligo transforms into a kaleidoscope of colourful cultural happenings with an incredible range of visual art, kids events, theatre, spoken word, performance and music from all over the world. This year’s festival takes place from July 9th to 15th with over 40 events taking place in venues throughout Sligo town and into Sligo County.

Highlights

Highlights for 2017 include aerial theatre by The Barren Carousel, acclaimed Finnish children’s theatre company Kallo Collective, music by Irish-Persian Ensemble Nava, guitar duo Redmond O’Toole and John Walsh, Leonard Barry’s newly formed trad outfit New Road and The Clandestinos; theatre with Pat Kinevane and Aindrias di Staic; family concert with Kíla and the site specific The Walls have Ears by Bottlenote Music. The festival’s fourth annual open submission exhibition, Cairde Visual will be presented at The Model. The Model presents Cairde Visual, will open on Thursday July 6th and run until Sat August 5th and present a great range of artists across all media.

Park Fest

Barren Carrousel Aerial Troupe by Paul Marconi

The festival’s annual giant garden party – Park Fest – is without doubt one of the anticipated highlights of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival.

Marking the start of Cairde this year, Park Fest is a day-long free celebration in Sligo’s Peace Park. It features aerial performances by The Barren Carousel and Acro Aer Sligo; street performance by Cillian Rogers of the Workhouse Studios with arts activities for kids, graffiti and circus workshops.

This year’s line-up of music includes performances by Tenekee Station, Amy O’Hara, Mirenda Rosenberg and more. Bring a picnic blanket to Sligo’s Peace Park on Sunday July 9th and prepare for a feast of good food and entertainment.

And as always – local arts, craft and food stalls serving a range of delicious goods where the emphasis is on local.

Music

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is renowned for an exceptional line up of music and 2017 is no exception. Music highlights include The Walls Have Ears – A magical, site-specific experiential evening of new and improvised music featuring Seán MacErlaine and Shane Latimer of Bottlenote Music with invited guests Jennifer Walshe, Claudia Schwab and Phil Minton. A sell-out show at Dublin’s Fringe Festival, The Walls have Ears will move outside Dublin for the first time. The Sligo event will take place in No. 2 John Street. Audiences will be led from one room to another to experience a series of quiet improvisations, explosive sets and moments of magic.

Nava_PhotoGuitar aficionados John Walsh and Redmond O’Toole will come together for a rare and distinctive concert on Wednesday July 12th whilst on Thursday July 13th, Irish-Persian quartet Navá explore the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of members of string band Pine Marten; Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.

Kieran Quinn and Charlie McGettigan will host an evenng celebrating the song writer on Saturday July 15th whilst later that evening, audiences can enjoy Appalachian old-time, blues and beyond with ‘New Road’ comprising Leonard Barry (uileann pipe & whistle), Rick Epping (harmonica, banjo & vocals), Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, mandolin, fiddle and vocals) and Andy Morrow (fiddle & vocals). This incredible night of music will be topped off with the reggae ska outfit, The Clandestinos, who will take us into the wee hours at the Cairde Festival Club.

Songs by the Sea – a series of music events in seaside cafés – returns in 2017 with performances by Myles Manley, Felip Carbonnell and The Hunter in Pudding Row, Nook, Shells Seaside Café, The Little Cottage Café and Eithna’s by the Sea.

Thom&JenniAnd thats not all!

The Cairde Kids programme includes the delightful ‘Caterpillars’, a magical performance by Kallo Collective, a wonderful Kíla Kids concert and One World Disco with DJ Will Softly.

This years Cairde Sligo Arts Festival also features a multicultural event bringing together Sligo’s diverse communities for a taste of world cuisine with Sligo Global Kitchen, performance with Sligo Cultural Exchange and mini-talks / spoken word featuring Ruairí McKiernan and Sorcha Fox amongst others.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is delighted to collaborate with the Creative Ireland programme for this year’s closing event. Street Fest will take place on Saturday the 15th of July featuring a range of performances including the hilarious unicycling street circus show Yodel by Ouch Entertainment, Sligo based Samboeire Samba Band, The Troubadour Mules and more.

Bag a Bargain at The Big Auction!

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival will take place this year from July 9th to 15th and once again Sligo will come to life with an excellent range of music, theatre, dance, children’s and family events, visual art and more. Some of this year’s festival highlights include the annual massive outdoor celebration Park Fest on July 9th, the addition of a closing street fest on July 15th and the annual Cairde Visual open submission show which this year is presented by the Model from Thursday July 6th to Sunday August 6th. Music highlights will include The Walls Have Ears, Nava, guitar duo John Walsh and Redmond O’Toole, New Road, a Kieran Quinn Songwriters Night and the Clandestinos. Highlights for kids include Caterpillar, a magical performance by Kallo Collective, the wonderful Kila Kids concert and One World Disco.

Each year the festival holds a fundraising auction which raises essential funds towards making the festival happen. The annual big auction fundraiser for Cairde Arts Festival takes place on Thurs 1st June at 8pm in the Riverside Hotel, Sligo. This always proves to be a great night out with some amazing donations and unbelievable bargains! Items can be viewed from 7pm and bidders will be treated to glass of punch on arrival and delicious sweet nibbles courtesy of Berenice Cooks.

Festival Director Tara McGowan says “We are always blown away by the level of support shown to the festival by local business and individuals. The festival is still run on a voluntary basis; we receive some funding from The Arts Council and Sligo County Council but without the fundraising efforts of our committee and the incredible support from local people, the festival could not go ahead. The BigAuction is always a fun night out and people go home happy, having ‘bagged a bargain’ for themselves whilst supporting the local arts festival – it’s Win-Win!. Niall Canning is our auctioneer and he will bring a great deal of humour to proceedings”.

Some of the items for auction this year include 3 pieces from Michael Wann’s ‘Riverside’ series; art work by Cormac O’Leary, Kate MacDonnagh, Leonora Neary, Lorna Watkins, Barra Cassidy, Marilin North, Heidi Wickham and  ; jewelry and accessory donations from the cat and the moon and Cait and I; vouchers for Cafes, restaurants, piano lessons by Kieran Quinn, gym membership; a wonderful range of holistic treatments; a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities; festival and concert tickets, and much more! Check out the festivals facebook event for a more comprehensive listing. Cairde Sligo Arts Festival wishes to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have donated to The Big Auction.

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