July 6th to 13th 2019
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July 8, 2018 @ 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. This year’s Park Fest presents street theatre specialist Nakupelle’s brilliantly funny and physical performance of The Trap, described as ‘a never-ending stream of comic business, movements, actions and reactions .. slapstick in the very best tradition of Charlie Chaplin & Buster Keaton’.

The entire park comes to life with a programme including Irish percussion group Maracatu Ilha Brilhante, specialising in the beautiful songs and powerful rhythms of Maracatu Baque Virado, Brazil; the multi-award winning entertainer and magician Joel M; street performer Cillian Rogers; music and performance by Sligo Gospel Choir, Sligo Indian Association, Moonstone, Emmzi, The Well Dressed Hobos; family yoga with Louise Waters, and much more.

Free admission.


1 pm Moonstone
1.30pm Emmzi
2 pm Maracatu Ilha Brilhante
2.35pm Sligo Indian Association (5 minute dance)
2.45pm Short magic demo followed by walk-about with magician Joel M
3.15pm Nakupelle
3.45pm Syrian Dance Demonstration
4pm Sligo Gospel Choir
4.35pm Trad Trio
5.15pm Well Dressed Hobos


12.15pm Family yoga with Louise Waters
1pm – 3.15pm Art Activities with Sally Donnelly (open workshop)
1pm / 1.30pm
/ 4pm / 4.30pm Science Experiments with Yvonne Lang (20 mins per session)
1.30pm to 4pm Art Activities with Sinead O’Hanlon
2pm & 4pm Wayne O’Connor storytelling (20 -25 min)
3.15 – 3.45 Nakupelle – the arts activities will take a short break here
3.45pm – 5.30pm Art Activities with Lorna Watkins
Face painting throughout the day with Meg Rybicki (charge applies)


  • Veggie stall with Rebecca Marsden,
  • Whatsoup with Chris Young
  • Fabio Ice Cream
  • Driftwood Coffee Cart
  • Barbecue
  • Fresh Waffles
  • Flamenco Kitchen
  • Cairde Cake Stall

At various times throughout the day

  • Walk about magic with Joel M
  • Cillian Rogers street performer
    The Dress up Box & Carnival Tent – Explore colourful & unique interactive display of carnivalprops and costume. The vibrant carnival tent is filled with fun Puppets, Carnival props and
    beautiful handmade costumes.
  • Pulled Screen Printing will be at Park Fest, where you can screen print your own tote or tee
    (Charge applies)


July 8, 2018
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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