Saturday 25 May 2019

Drogheda Arts Festival invites everyone in Fingal

Fingal's arts lovers encouraged to travel up the road to Drogheda where they will find a fantastic arts festival line up for everyone

Bookings are now open for the 2019 Drogheda Arts Festival, a thought-provoking and entertaining showcase of art, theatre, music and so much more.

Taking place from April 30 April to May 6 in venues across Drogheda, the programme places local artists firmly at its heart.

Speaking at the announcement of the line-up this week, Festival Co-Chairs Elaine Cronin and Collette Farrell explained: 'We want the Drogheda Arts Festival, which is generously funded by Louth County Council and The Arts Council, to act as a platform for the creation of new pieces of work. We want it to connect with people, to challenge them, to bring joy and to entertain.'

The festival opens on April 30 at Droichead Arts Centre with an exciting, experimental pop-up artist studio, residency and exhibition,

Borrowed Ground. Droichead Arts Centre's Gallery will house eight purpose built studios for eleven different artists. There they will work, create, collaborate and the public are invited to visit throughout and meet the artists. Borrowed Ground highlights the need for dedicated studio space for artists in Drogheda and its environs.

One of the theatrical highlights of the week will be the performance of Shakespeare's 'The Rape of Lucrece', by the renowned Gate Theatre Company, starring the wonderful Camille O'Sullivan.

Poetry and spoken word will feature in three different events. Battle-rap sensation Mark Grist from the UK will head up 'Word of Mouth' on May 1.

Drogheda Creative Writers will mark Poetry Day Ireland on May 2 with 'Poets Who Dare', poetry by famous poets who dared to challenge the status quo.

On May 4 'Words and Wine' will showcase Spanish poetry and wines in a delightful evening at Highlanes Gallery.

Speaking of the Highlanes, a major new exhibition entitled 'Disruptors' will open there on Friday, May 3. Part of Bealtaine, the Age and Opportunity Festival, the exhibition will feature painting, sculpture, video and installation from emerging, established and senior artists. It launches with artists talks on Friday evening at 7.30pm.

The festival co-chairs said: 'We are delighted to announce that St. Laurence's Gate will be open on both Saturday and Sunday this year. Ticket bookings open on on Tuesday, April 9 at midday and will fill very fast, they always do.'

The Festival features two new commissions for 2019.

The first 'Super Extra Bonus Party' is a seed commission, for a piece that is currently in development.

The festival will feature a mixed media rehearsed reading of this work on Saturday May 4 in the Little Duke Theatre.

The Drogheda Arts Festival Commission for 2019 was awarded to The Belfast Ensemble, a cutting edge music theatre group who find new ways of telling stories through music.

Their re-imagining of 'Ten Plagues', featuring a stunning visual experience by local artists Declan Kelly and Els Boghart, will connect the iconic historical event to the Port of Drogheda.

With two performances of this work on Sunday, May 5, it promises to be a very special experience.

Music lovers always delight in the Drogheda Arts Festival. With everything from toe-tapping trad sessions to electronica and contemporary music, there is something to challenge and or entertain everyone.

Don't miss Steven Stapleton's world renowned 'Nurse with Wound' on Friday May 3 brought to you by thirty three - 45.

And the Drogheda Arts Festival wouldn't be complete without a big family day out.

The festival co-chairs explained: 'Traditionally we've held Monday's event at Beaulieu however this year it will take place in the heart of Drogheda, in St. Dominic's Park. From 1-5pm on Bank Holiday Monday, this fabulous free family day will be fun for all.

'Bring a blanket and a picnic, grab your family, friends and neighbours and join us in St. Dominic's Park for free fun, activities, music and entertainment and lots and lots of laughter.'

They added: 'Our aim in developing the Drogheda Arts Festival programme for 2019 was to both entertain and introduce our audience to exciting new pieces.

'We also wanted to elevate the work of incredible local professional artists, to present their ground-breaking pieces and to showcase the wealth of talent in the North East Region.

'We are really proud to announce this programme and we are just counting down the days to the 2019 Drogheda Arts Festival.'

Check out the full line-up and book your tickets now on For those aged 18-25, discover the Youth Pass with entry to 3 events for just €20.00. Follow the Festival on social media for all the latest updates and competitions. Events will fill fast. Avoid disappointment, book your ticket tickets today!

Fingal Independent