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Packed programme for Sligo’s Cairde Arts Festival 2022


Anna Mieke comes to Cairde Arts Festival. Pic: Steve O'Connor.

Anna Mieke comes to Cairde Arts Festival. Pic: Steve O'Connor.

Anna Mieke comes to Cairde Arts Festival. Pic: Steve O'Connor.


Just over one week to go before Cairde Sligo Arts Festival edition 2022. With a programme packed with more than 40 events over ten days it all gets underway on Friday 1st July.

New festival commission Crossing Skin, an atmospheric and intimate dance installation from award winning dance innovators Junk Ensemble will bring this year’s festival to life, with numerous performance opportunities spanning the opening weekend from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July.

Exploring our conflicted connection to the sea, this intimate performance combines dance, original sound score and a stunning visual design, a show not to be missed.

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The Irish premiere of BBC and Edinburgh Fringe award-winning Shôn Dale Jones’s witty and topical new play Still Floating comes to The Factory from Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th July. Berlin-based Dubliner Dee Mulrooney brings her alter-ego Growler, to Sligo for two dates, to transmute women’s pain through story, song and comedy.

Casting an eye at the Irish theatre scene The Hare, a new play from Bob Kelly and Clare Monnelly will have an exclusive work-in-progress reading, followed by a Q&A and Sligo’s own Blue Raincoat Theatre Company will descend on Cummeen Strand for an offsite outdoor staging of Yeats’ On Baile’s Strand.

Sligo audiences can look forward to a carefully chosen selection of Irish and international artists taking in folk, world, trad and classical in the live music strand. The festival will travel to some truly special locations over the week.

The Rose of Innisfree Cruise Boat, will be the setting for two exceptional appearances from Nina Hynes performing some of her latest pieces live for the first time.

This is a one-off rare chance to catch her live and experience a shared journey between artist and audience through the gentle waters of Lough Gill to the Lake Isle of Innisfree. Capacity for both these shows on Saturday 9 July will be extremely limited.

A heartwarming evening of music awaits on Saturday 9 July in the rustic and charming surrounds of Juniper Barn on the Newpark Demense, Ballymote. Soak up the atmosphere of this unique venue with two of Irelands’s most intriguing folk propositions.

In Anna Mieke and Rachael Lavelle, expect to be transported by two spellbinding voices. Dancefloor duties fall to the one and only Donal Dineen. A special ticket for the concert plus travel by return bus is available from the Cairde Sligo Arts Festival website.

Further highlights within the music strand sees Sligo’s adopted fiddle-player Claudia Schwab team up with guitar virtuoso Niwel Tsumbu and master of hand percussion, Eamonn Cagney to present their brand new trio collaboration.

Two mid-week sessions at Sligo Airport featuring Sligo-based trad duo Poor Creature and singer songwriter Ellie O’Neill. For those looking to get their feet grooving, two festival clubs will bookend the festival week with lively sets promised from Basork and Kila headlining.

This year’s literary strand offers three opportunities to hear directly from some of Ireland’s foremost writers. With a focus on the short story format, a panel discussion An Arrow in Flight sees author Jan Carson chat with three Irish writers, Bernie McGill, Sheila Armstrong and Stephen Walsh who have all published collections of short stories this year will take place in collaboration with Hawk’s Well Theatre on Wednesday July 6th at 8pm.

Marguerite Penrose’s is a remarkable story of making a great life from complicated beginnings.

She will discuss her memoir “Yeah, But Where Are You Really From?” with writer/performer Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan. Jan Carson will also be in conversation, discussing The Raptures, a blistering account of small-town Ulster life. These two events will take place in the Yeats Building on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival would like to thank its funders, patrons, sponsors and partners and in particular our principal funders The Arts Council and Sligo County Council.