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Arts festivals in Donegal, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan and Monaghan.
Ballyshannon Folk Festival is one of the longest running festivals of its kind in Ireland. Taking place annually in early August, prominent performers from the Irish Music scene perform along with workshops, busking competitions and street entertainment! With free open air concerts, live pub sessions, workshops and a new talent being showcased, The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival is garaunteed to keep you entertained.
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Boyle Arts Festival is highly regarded for its group exhibitions of contemporary Irish art, as well as its programme of classical music. The beauty of Boyle Arts Festival is the emphasis it places on small, intimate events in historical and architecturally unique buildings. This 10 day festival has a strong reputation as one of Ireland's best arts festivals. Although music and art are the cornerstones of the festival, more recently different events are promoted such as drama, film, literature and storytelling, comedy, singers nights and street theatre and an appealing mix of workshops and childrens programmes. Local art exhibitions, pop-up galleries and craft trails are now part of the programme which has made art accessible to all who get involved.
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The Carrick Water Music Festival takes place annually in July and promises a wonderful programme of music over the 6 days of the event. If you appreciate classical, jazz, recitals, folk, indie and world music you will enjoy this festival. Other elements of the festival include a Festival Film Club, French markets, art exhibitions & auctions, literary events & drama, baby-bops & workshops and much more. There’s something for all tastes to enjoy while in the beautiful surroundings of Carrick-on-Shannon.
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The Carrickmacross Festival boasts a wide range of entertainment for all the family. The streets buzz over the June Bank Holiday weekend with music, dancing, competitions and street entertainers.
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The Charles Macklin Festival is an arts and heritage festival which takes place in the village of Culdaff and celebrates the life and work of local born 18th century actor and playwright, Charles Macklin, "The jew that Shakespeare Drew" (Alexander Pope). Taking place in Culdaff, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, the festival includes Theatre Events, Music, Creative Writing, Poetry, Art Exhibitions, Heritage Walks and Street Events.
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The Earagail Arts Festival is a festival of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, dance, circus, comedy and carnival and is Donegal's largest arts festival. The festival takes place every July, bringing high profile contemporary and traditional arts to County Donegal. It includes a wide range of art forms including theatre, music, visual arts events, plays, children’s theatre, dance, puppetry, workshops in the arts and musical composition, creative writing, poetry and reading nights and film with a drive-in movie night. Also during the festival there are many other spectacular outdoor activities to do such as exploring the local parklands, beautiful beaches and scenic views of county Donegal.
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The Muckno Mania Festival is a popular and entertaining weekend festival run in the town of Castleblaney, Co Monaghan during the month of July. The Muckno Mania Festival has been running annually since 1999. The Festival includes a wide ranging variety of activities for all walks of life including the arts, music, dance, creative arts, sports, and crafts. The festival promotes community interest in the arts and to generate local participation with its varied and interesting programme.
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The Pan Celtic Festival is held over Easter week annually and attracts visitors to the host venue which changes from year to year, from all over Ireland as well as further afield from the Celtic areas of Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. Some 5,000 people participate events such as the Festival Parade, harp, fiddle, piping, choral and traditional singing competitions are popular highlights. There will also be themed nights from each of the nations as well as a Camogie Blitz. The festival has been a fixture on the Irish events calendar since 1971 and aims to promote and strengthen Celtic languages, culture, music, song and sport.
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The Patrick Kavanagh Weekend is one of the most interesting and thought provoking events on the Irish literary events calendar. Dedicated to Ireland's best loved poet, it features musical performances, drama, storytelling and the annual poetry award. Visitors will be energised through debate and their participation over the weekend provides a great opportunity to make new friends. Events are held in the Patrick Kavanagh Centre set in the picturesque and tranquil village of Inniskeen among the drumlins of Monaghan. The ancient landscape of Ireland has been an inspiration for legends, a home to poets and proved to be a rich source of inspiration for Kavanagh, prompting him to 'dabble in verse'. The scenery has changed very little since Patrick Kavanagh time which makes it a perfect backdrop for the weekend of events.
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Bundoran in Donegal has always been a popular destination for visitors, but every year in June the main beach in the town hosts one of the best music festivals in the country, the Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival. The Sea Sessions festival has been firmly established as favourite in the festival calendar over the past few years as it combines a weekend of music, surfing and skateborading making it unlike any other festival in Europe. Ssome of the bands to have played recently at the festival include The Happy Mondays, hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash, Super Furry Animals and Jazz/Hip hop fusionists Hot 8 Brass Band.
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