Festivals

Carlow Arts Festival (Eigse 2015)

Date
May 29 2015 - Jun 07 2015
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Contact details

Address

Carlow Arts Festival, Foresters Hall, College Street, Carlow, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)599173381
F: +353(0)599130065
E: info@carlowartsfestival.com

Carlow Arts Festival (Éigse) is an annual - curiosity carnival – a platform for street performance, visual art, theatre, live music, children's make-shops, and spoken word.

Carlow Arts Festival (Éigse) takes place over 10 days during the summer in Carlow Town, the centre of the sunny south-east. At the heart of the festival lies a celebration of art in all its forms, centred around an elaborate cultural regeneration project which takes over a number of streets and venues in which work is staged.

The 2015 program will include a production of Dancing at Lughnasa, a concert by the widely acclaimed Romanian violinist Andreea Bouris, a production of 'Puss-in-Boots' by UK children's theatre company Lingo, and a three day Street Carnival packed with food stalls, pop-up galleries, and street entertainment.

The festival will be entering its 36th year in 2015, during its time it has played host to performers such as Eric Clapton and Billy Connolly, and gained a reputation for its incredible visual art programme. An anchor visual art event for the festival is its long standing and widely acclaimed 'Éigse Annual Open Submission'. This event will exhibit works from emerging and established artists at the VISUAL Centre in Carlow Town, which is the largest purpose-built gallery in Ireland.

Another part of the Carlow Arts Festival takes place in the nearby village of Borris, where the Festival of Writing and Ideas will host PJ Harvey, Lisa Hannigan, Ian McEwan, Michael Harding and around 60 more speakers over the first weekend in June.