July 6th to 13th 2019

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Family Fun Day for Park Fest Line-up

Sligo’s annual giant garden party – Park Fest – is, without doubt, one of the most anticipated highlights of the Cairde Sligo Arts Festival each year.

Taking place on Sunday July 8th from 12 noon to 6pm, Park Fest is a day-long free celebration for all the family in the beautiful surrounds of the walled garden of Sligo’s Peace Park featuring music, theatre, circus, art, craft and science workshops, along with global food stalls to keep bellies full all day long.

Park Fest kicks off at 12 noon with a family yoga session with Louise Waters – what better way to gear up for a day filled with performances by circus and street theatre artist Nakupelle, Irish percussion group Maracatu Ilha Brilhante, and walk-about performance by Cillian Rogers of the Workhouse Studios.

At 3pm, Nakupelle will keep audiences spellbound with his brilliantly funny and physical performance of The Trap; described as ‘ slapstick in the very best tradition of Charlie Chaplin & Buster Keaton’ ‘Innovation, Imagination and Improvisation at its best!’.

Throughout the day families can enjoy mind-boggling magic by multi-award winning entertainer and magician Joel M; storytelling sessions by Wayne O’Connor; science experiments with Yvonne Lang.

Sligo Global Kitchen, winners of this year’s Irish Food Writers’ Guild Community Award will be running the intercultural café as part of Hands Across the World, a pop-up hub that celebrates intercultural food and performance. When in need of a break, drop into the intercultural café for a feast of food and some much-needed r and r!

This year’s line-up of Park Fest music includes performances by Sligo Gospel Choir, Moonstone, Well Dressed Hobos, Sarah Crummy, Sligo Youth Jazz Quartet and more. Bring a picnic blanket to Sligo’s Peace Park on Sunday July 8th and prepare for a feast of good food and entertainment.

Park Fest at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is an amazing and fun day out for people of all ages.

In addition to the massive free family outdoor event the Cairde Kids programme includes a family concert with Moxie, One World Kid’s Disco with Will Softly, and family performances by Tumble Circus and Lu Lu the Clown. Also, Myth and Magic with Wayne O’Connor, Storytelling with with Imelda Ní Ríain, and a Pop up Family Sing-along with Dave Flynn, RTE Choir of Ages!

More details on the Cairde Kids programme will be released very soon, but sure to be a festival highlight is Me & My Bee – an engaging and comic show with a serious message about saving the bees. Multi award-winning theatre company, This Egg, invites you to save the world – one bee at a time.  A new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party at 2pm Tuesday July 10th at the Factory Performance Place. Tickets available here

Save the dates! Cairde Sligo Arts Festival takes place from Sat 7th July to Sat 14th July 2018.

 

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