Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2018


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>>




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