Sunday 25 February 2018

Bringing the streets of Sligo to life

Cairde festival is already under way, but there's plenty more yet to come

Roll up! Roll up! The 2017 Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is currently taking place until July 15th with an incredible range of visual art, kids events, theatre, spoken word, performance and music from all over the world. This year's programme features over 250 artists with 45 events in 20 venues across Sligo town and county. Audiences in excess of 10,000 are expected to descend on Sligo town and county.

This year's Cairde Festival is a multicultural event that brings together Sligo's diverse communities for a shared experience of music, spoken word and a taste of world cuisine.

A collaborative event between Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, the Hawk's Well Theatre and Sligo Global Kitchen borne from a desire to make connections between people and communities.

Sligo Cultural Exchange and Global Kitchen are joined by poet Sorcha Fox, social entrepreneur Ruairí McKiernan and singer Mabel Chah in a celebration of diversity and solidarity. 'Hands Across The World' will take place in Lyon's Café, Sligo on Thursday 13th July at 6pm.

Attendees can expect a taste of world cuisine interspersed with song, mini-talks and spoken word.

Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe along with members of string band Pine Marten; Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, are Navá.

Sligo audiences will be amongst the first to hear their new material described as a beguiling tapestry of sound, ranging from Irish jigs and reels to Persian 'dastgáh', to original compositions and explosive improvisations.

Navá perform their Sligo debut upstairs in McGarrigles on Thursday 13 July at 9.30pm

Illuminations, a literary wunderkammer of poetry, spoken word, music and performance takes place on Friday 14th July from 7- 9pm.

Held in The Bookmart, it provides a welcoming and informal atmosphere in which you can read your own work, the work of others or just sit and listen.

Capacity is limited so arrive early for a very special evening featuring the talents of internationally renowned authors Deirdre Sullivan (Needle Work) and Alan McMonagle (Ithaca).

The phenomenally successful The Man From Moogaga by Aindrias de Staic is a performance not to be missed in McGarrigles Upstairs on Friday 14th at 9.30 pm.

A one-man comedy show about Gaelic football, music, and finding your place in the world, De Staic uses his fiddle and a loop pedal to introduce characters such as the Gypsy woman, theModh Coinniolach and the apply named Fungus O'Brien. The performance has been described by as 'half seanchaí, half shaman, half Fiddler of Dooney with a whallop of Flann O'Brien'. thrown into the mix' -

Don't forget about Street Fest in Stephen St. Car Park on Saturday 15th for an afternoon of street theatre, music, circus workshops, arts activities for kids and more.

New road, comprising Leonard Barry, Rick Epping, Seamie O'Dowd and Andy Morrow will perform Irish traditional, Appalachian old-time, blues and beyond upstairs in McGarrigles on Saturday night as part of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival.

Described by Hotpress as "it's a declaration of love for music as a way of life".

Between them they have played with so many of the greats of Folk and Roots, from legendary Irish accordion player Joe Cooley to modern greats such as Christy Moore, from Doc Watson to Pumpkinhead, Dervish, Tim O'Brien, Frankie Gavin, Luka Bloom, The Unwanted to name but a few.

This is a mix of musicians that have been to the forefront of folk music for decades. Not to be missed! The festival wrap party this year is served up by 7 piece music collective The Clandestinos on Sat. 15th July in 5th on Teeling Sligo.

Tickets are on sale from the Cairde Festival website ( or the Hawk's Well Theatre Box Office on 071 916 1518.

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