Carlow Arts Festival, the first big cultural event of the Irish Summer, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a host of events taking place in Festival HQ at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and VISUAL, as well as at local landmarks from 4 – 9 June 2019.
Visitors can immerse themselves in international and award-winning artistic adventures from Finland, Denmark, Spain, Catalonia, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and Ireland including festival premières, spectacular free performances, live music, visual art, family friendly events and virtual reality experiences. Visit www.carlowartsfestival.com for further information.
Carlow Arts Festival continue their work to ensure the arts are for everyone with over 80% of the events free to attend alongside a ‘Pick Your Price’ scheme for select events.
With a programme bursting with creativity, Carlow will come alive with:
MUSIC (Max Richter’s eight hour epic ‘Sleep’ performed in its entirety for the first time in Ireland, Irish National Opera, plus a fully free music programme at O’Hara’s Pavilion), FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS (Lords Of Strut: Absolute Legends, Finland’s Sisus Sirkus with Mosh Split, The Horsebox Theatre, Itinerània’s El Laberint, Sub Rosa and Sing Me To The Sea), VISUAL ARTS (ARTWORKS exhibition and Awards, You Arrre Seeing Things – the first exhibition of artists Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin De Burca’s work in Ireland, Dearly beloved we are gathered here today – a commission from Tom Watt and Tadhg McSweeney), DIGITAL AND VIRTUAL REALITY (Virtual Reality Film Festival, Graffiti Art Workshop, Chagall) and CHALLENGING REFLECTIONS (experiences from the makers of the international hit showgame The Money comes PIG, Crave #2 from Denmark which sees a one on one experience occur with a sex-worker and Our Carnal Hearts following sold out UK and US tours) alongside DANCE (Compagnie KAIROS from the Netherlands DELADANSE, and award winning artists Luke Murphy and Alex Pentek who collaborate on Carnivore).
Local participation is as strong as ever – SUGARTOWN, this years Saturday Night Spectacle, is a celebration of Carlow featuring music, dance and stories with a sweet edge (inspired by the old Sugar Factory) all topped off with a fireworks extravaganza! Made by acclaimed international Director Dina Abu Hamdan, with the people of Carlow. (Sat 8 June at 10pm)
Visit www.carlowartsfestival.com for the full programme and ticket details.