July 3rd - 11th 2020

About Us

Welcome to Cairde Sligo Arts Festival – an eight-day cultural adventure set amidst the stunning backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way!

The 2020 edition of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival takes place from July 3rd to 11th. Highlights will  include an impressive music programme featuring Colm MacCon Iomaire, Katie Kim, French techno folk duo Turfu, TPM,  The Mary Wallopers, the annual the Songs By The Sea series of gigs along Sligo’s beautiful coast and much more. A diverse theatre programme will feature a return of Hoipolloi’s Shon Dale Jones and a residency with dance theatre company Junk Ensemble. 

Our literary programme features a panel event with Tramp Press, Sinead Gleeson, Sara Baume, Ian Maleney and our Vagabond Verses trail throughout Sligo town – with more to be announced.   Also returning will be Cairde Visual in partnership with The Model and a new photo and film exhibition entitled ‘Human Signature’ at the Hyde Bridge Gallery. 

Alongside events for young inquisitive minds, our family programme features the return of the wonderful Tumble Circus and their Big Top in Stephen St Car Park in the heart of Sligo town. We also welcome back our Cairde Young Curators programme selected by our youth panel.

Full programme to be announced – watch this space!

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is a registered charity and would like to thank its funders, sponsors and supporters including The Arts Council, Sligo County Council, Sligo BID, Sligo Leader and more.


Are you interested in the arts, festivals, events, theatre, music, and Sligo? We are always looking for a helping hand at the Festival. For more info please e-mail Suzanne Donnelly on suzannesligo@yahoo.co.uk.