July 6th to 13th 2019


Welcome to Cairde Sligo Arts Festival – our eight day cultural adventure set amidst the stunning backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way. We invite you to join us for a feast of eclectic events and happenings taking place across Sligo town and county for this year’s Festival.

This is your invitation to imagination.


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Tina Brooks, Tidal

July 4 - July 27

A solo show by Tina Brooks, the Hamilton Gallery Award winner from Cairde Visual 2018.

Cairde Visual: Creative Proposal Workshop

July 6 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

An artist professional development workshop facilitated by curator Annette Maloney.

Meascan, Music Across Cultures

July 6 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A new music collaboration featuring Claudia Schwab (fiddle, drone, vocals), Cathy Jordan (vocals and percussion), Irene Buckley (electronics, vocals), Raphael Decoster (accordion and visuals), Bodek Janke (percussion) and Soof Nikritin (bass).

The (Out)Back Story with Donal Dineen

July 6 @ 10:00 pm - July 7 @ 1:00 am

Backstory is a night of dancing tunes and original visuals hosted by Donal Dineen.

The Model presents Cairde Visual

July 7 - August 18

Opening reception Saturday, 6 July, 6-8pm. Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s sixth annual open submission exhibition.

Park Fest

July 7 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for PARKFEST - Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s funfilled, massive family day out featuring music, theatre, circus; art, craft & science workshops & delicious food. Free admission.

Claudia Schwab & Soof Nikritin

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Diving into soundscapes of diverse loved folk traditions and their own original material, in this intimate duo setting, Claudia and Soof explore their common love for odd meters, folk music and vocal harmonies.

DJ Will Softly

July 7 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Dj Will Softly has been one of the festival’s long-standing musical collaborators – a mover and a shaker and all-round party maker.

Bru Theatre, Cleite

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - July 9 @ 4:00 pm

A piece of mask theatre inspired by the Claddagh in the west of Ireland, Cleite tells the story of a Fisherwoman waiting for her husband to return from sea.

Fanzini Productions, Ballet Poulet

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Two world class Olympian-level idiots bring to you their latest masterpiece. Fanzini Productions is one of the foremost street circus company based in the Republic of Ireland, touring nationally and internationally.

Fanzini Productions, Ballet Poulet

July 8 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Two world class Olympian-level idiots bring their latest masterpiece to Stephen Street Car Park.

Farah Elle & KaleidSlam

July 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Farah El Neihum, known as ‘Farah Elle’, is a singer-songwriter, whose distinctive music reveals something of the beauty in the ephemeral everyday.


July 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Irene Buckley, Elaine Howley, and Roslyn Steer present ‘Crevice’, a collaborative exploration in sound.

Dansema Dance Theatre, Twinkles

July 9 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until July 10, 2019

The dance performance Twinkles is full of various shining objects which motivate young audiences together with dancers to explore light on stage. So the performance becomes a laboratory for babies to enjoy sources of light and movement.

The Adhoc Chamber Orchestra

July 9 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A workshop in producing and conducting experimental music with Owen Kilfeather. Suitable for all ages.

The Kobe Trio

July 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Formed through a love of improvised music the Kobe Trio perform a blend of original, contemporary and classic jazz with an adventurous and passionate interplay. The trio will be joined by the very special guest Ciaran Wilde on saxophone.

Constellations’ Reflections from Life with Sinéad Gleeson

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sinéad Gleeson reads from her critically acclaimed collection of essays, Constellations, which was published in  April 2018.

Natalia Beylis Performative Installation

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Natalia Beylis will create swirls of warbled magnetics using live sound stations scattered through the space to dissolve traditional directional expectations

Manus Noble & Jehanne Bastoni

July 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:40 pm

Australian Cellist, Jehanne Bastoni, and Irish classical guitarist Manus Noble in an intimate performance as Duo Antipodes.

Natalia Beylis & Paddy Shine

July 9 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Beylis layers seemingly incongruous sounds atop of each other to spawn strange juxtapositions and garbled parallels.

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