July 6th to 13th 2019

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Premiere performance of ground-breaking new project Meascan – Music Across Cultures

Irene Buckley, Raphael Decoster, Bodek Janke, Cathy Jordan, Soof Nikritin, Claudia Schwab

Meascan – Music Across Cultures, a new cross-cultural collaborative work commissioned by Cairde Sligo Arts Festival and funded by The Arts Council premieres at The Factory Performance Space at 8pm this Saturday 6th July.

Six exceptional musicians come together to create a rich, cross-cultural musical experience that explores the merging of a diverse array of musical styles and cultural backgrounds.

The musicians are Irene Buckley (electronics, vocal), Raphael Decoster (accordion and visuals), Bodek Janke (percussion), Cathy Jordan (vocals and percussion), Soof Nikritin (bass), and Claudia Schwab (fiddle, vocals).

A collaboration of folk and contemporary music from Ireland, Austria, Poland, Morocco and France. Meascan celebrates the creation of a new and exciting musical voice.

Listen back to Austrian fiddle player Claudia Schwab and Cathy Jordan (of Dervish) on RTÉ Arena with Seán Rocks 👉 http://bit.ly/ArenaRTE

Don’t miss the opening night concert at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival – Book Tix

Park Fest Line-up and stage times announced

Photo: Peter Martin

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s BIG Family Day Out, Sunday 6th July

Family Yoga with Louise Waters (30 min) – 12pm & 12.45pm

Workhouse Studios Dress Up – 12 to 6pm

Art Tent, Rebecca Massey, Sally Donnelly & Kid’s Own – 1pm to 5pm

Fanzini Productions Ballet Poulet – 3.30pm

Aware Aware Aware – 20mins of guided meditation with John G for anyone and everyone – 2pm / 3pm / 4pm

All Day :: Art Installation by Resource Craft Arts Group (Group of artists working at the Northside Resource Centre)

Band Stand

1pm                 The Razor Sharps

1.30pm            Siofra Jordan

2 pm                Grooveline

2.30pm            The Indian Association of Sligo(dance)                                            

2.40 – 3.20      World Disco for Kids with DJ Will Softly

3.20 – 4.00      Break on bandstand for Fanzini Productions

4.15pm            High Hopes Choir

4.35pm            Meascan

5pm                 The Ox Mountain Sessions

5.30pm            Hifi (Tabby Callaghan) -with guest Mabel Chah

Find out more about Park Fest and other Family Events or download our Festival Brochure

Festival Fun for Families at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2019

Sligo is set to be hit by a massive culture wave! Streets and venues will be awash with a range of events for all ages this July.

Festival go-ers enjoying the sunshine at Parkfest, Photo: Peter Martin

Our family programme kicks off with Park Fest on Sunday July 7th. This year’s FREE family extravaganza line-up includes music from Grooveline, The Razor Sharps, The Ox Mountain Sessions, Meascan, Tabby Callaghan, Mabel Chah, the High Hopes Choir, and Will Softly’s famous world (or world famous!) disco for children. (View stage-times here)

Coming to Strandhill, Cleite, a piece of mask theatre by Bru Theatre features live Sean Nós songs and is based on superstitions of the old fishing communities of the West of Ireland. Suitable for ages 8 and above, this piece was devised in Katie’s Cottage, Claddagh, and has been fittingly transferred to Dolly’s Cottage in Strandhill for performances at Cairde Sligo Arts festival on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July.


Sinead Sexton, Vanya Lambrecht Ward, Joshua Gordon, Nicola Redican and Aoife Maher. Image credit: Carl Brennan

The first ever Cairde Young Curators programme, a major new initiative for those aged between 14 and 21 years, is underway. A panel made up of three young curators, Joshua, Nicola and Aoife, assisted by artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward and co-assisted by artist Sinead Sexton have carefully selected a number of workshops, music and film events for all ages to enjoy at The Nest from Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th July.

Other family events throughout the week include street theatre with contemporary circus company Fanzini Productions, storytelling and puppet performances in both English and Irish with Puca Puppets, and a wonderful interactive dance performance for 0 to 2 year olds with award-winning Lithuanian theatre company Dansema.

And last but not least Street Fest, a free carnival of curiosities, street performance, and family fun and frolics also returns for 2019 with SPIT, an award-winning, relentlessly ferocious, one-woman circus street show; Siolta Circus, the Wandering Bandstand and Branching out on Saturday, July 13th. You won’t want to miss this!

Browse our full family line-up here or browse through our festival brochure below 👇


Cairde Sligo Arts Festival Seeks Young People to Get Involved

  • New Initiative Invites Young People to Connect With Sligo Arts Festival Programme
  • Join our team and develop a special element of this year’s festival programmeN

  • Ever fancied running a festival or having a peek behind the scenes of a festival? Or wanted to bring your favourite musician or artist to Sligo? Now’s your chance.

    Caírde Sligo Arts Festival (CSAF) returns from July 6th to 13th this year. As part of this year’s programme, Festival organisers are seeking to connect with younger audiences from across County Sligo.

    Cairde Young Curators, is a major new initiative for the festival, focussing on those aged between 14 and 21 years. The Festival is currently inviting young people to join this new initiative and have their input on the Festival programme this summer.

    The project will see a team of young curators work with the Festival team to program a special element of this year’s festival. Between now and the end of April the group will meet at the Nest in Sligo town for six sessions, facilitated by artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward. They will research, brainstorm ideas, explore, plan, document, get inspired and select a potential event. This event may come in the form of a live music gig, an interactive workshop, a visual art exhibition or none of the above – most importantly the ideas will come from the team – Giving a younger audience an opportunity to have a say in what is on offer during the arts festival.

    If you would like to join this group Cairde Sligo Arts Festival invites you to send in a short statement saying why you would like to be get involved by the 18th of March to: cairdeyoungcurators@gmail.com

    For more information check out our website: www.cairdefestival.com or follow @cairdefestival