The line-up includes the Irish premiere of a twelve- hour sleep concert - where patrons will be encouraged to sleep - a performance of the entire Bible in just two hours.
The Sleep Concert is a 12-hour concert with bed-and-breakfast included, the Irish Premiere of which is presented by Nexus Arts on May 2. Steven Stapleton will perform his dark ambient music live throughout the night, accompanied by large film projections that will enhance the experience. The audience will be asked to sleep over for the duration of the concert.
This collective sleepover will be hosted in a secret location in the vicinity of Drogheda’s rural heartland. Participants will receive a single airbed, a blanket, breakfast plus travel to and from the event. “Steven Stapleton’s sleep concert is the stuff of dreams” enthused The Independent (UK) newspaper in March 2012.
Meanwhile, the Reduced Shakespeare Company will despatch the entire Bible in just two hours. Other events include a concert by Cavan-based singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill at Droichead Arts Centre Theatre on May 3.
The 2014 Festival will officially open with a visual art exhibition, entitled Re-framing the Domestic in Irish Art at Highlanes Gallery. The art on show explores the domestic, or home space, beginning with works that allude to the domestic within the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection.
A performance of Russian composer Alexander Raskatov’s monumental work for string quartet and bass voice and film will take place at Beaulieu House.
Theatrical events include a journey into the life and stories of a Drogheda street. The Festival runs from April 29 to May 5.