A spectacular fireworks show launches the Sligo Arts Festival.

The dramatic fireworks ushered in a hectic ten days with over two hundred performances, exhibitions and events.

Celestial crescendo of Yeatsian grandeur and exuberance was how the festival organisers described the opening night's spectacular six thousand pounds fireworks display.

According to festival coordinator Barbara Ferguson,

Sligo is absolutely buzzing with energy.

RTÉ's Assistant Director General Bobby Gahan performed the official opening ceremony for the festival and commends the hard work of Sligo's local committee in putting together the events.

Over the past few years, we've seen a surge in the size and quality of arts activity in regional centres and Sligo's growth has been at the forefront of this.

The festival costs around eighty thousand pounds a year to organise but the festival is said to generate at least a quarter of a million pounds in tourism revenue as it establishes itself as one of the country's top arts attractions.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 August 1993. The reporter is Jim Fahy.