Running until July 28th, Donegal's Earagail Arts Festival is a vivid celebration of multidisciplinary arts taking place at various locations along the Wild Atlantic Way, and a splendid opportunity to sample the delights of the North-West - we've picked a half-dozen highlights from this year's Earagail programme for your delectation. Find out more here...
For the second installment of Citadels of The Sun, this year's flagship EAF collaboration, presented in partnership with Jodphur RIFF, India's largest folk festival, landscape theatre company LUXE celebrate connecting Donegal and Rajasthan – a world apart, yet bound by symbolic significance – with an illuminated musical adventure making its way down Letterkenny's Main Street. The project celebrates common themes and stories that unite Irish and Indian culture through music, dance and spectacle.
When & Where: Saturday 13th July, Letterkenny High Road/Main Street
This new exhibition at Donegal's Glebe Gallery, inspired by a series of articles that originally appeared on RTE.ie, tells the story of 21st century Ireland via a series of acclaimed artworks by a number of major contemporary Irish artists, amongst them Willie Doherty, Amanda Coogan, Corban Walker, Mick O'Dea, Dorothy Cross, and Aideen Barry. Curated by critic and broadcaster Cristín Leach, the show includes paintings, photographs, video works, sculptures, performances, and installations informed by themes of home, money, bodies, risk, mental health, society, politics and more.
When & Where: Sunday 14th July - Sunday 1st September, Clebe Gallery, Churchill
A play, music, a garden party, a feast, and a ferry crossing (for the Inishowen shows) - Donegal's An Grianán Theatre and UK company Parrabbola imagine Shakespeare's The Winter’s Tale as a large scale, immersive production in both Donegal and Derry, crossing the borders, the traditions and the waters of the north-west. Exploring conflict, reconciliation and borders, audiences can anticipate two kings, raised together, but at odds without reason, a wronged queen; a lost princess, prison sentences, tragic deaths, ocean voyages - and bears.
When & Where: Letterkenny, Ballymacool Park (Friday 19th & Saturday 20th July); Inishowen, Magilligan & Greencastle (Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th July)
A brand new music and arts trail on Arranmore Island, with a series of live music performances, comedy and spoken word, day and night across five venues on one of Ireland's most stunning island locations. There will be lots of free entertainment during the day, and Arranmore is always worth a day trip.
When & Where: Saturday 20th July & Sunday 21st July, Arranmore Island
Earagail has scored quite a coup by landing popular US comic Gaffigan for a Donegal show; a two-time New York Times best-selling author, Emmy-winning performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist, Gaffigan has half a dozen comedy specials on Netflix and a formidable following stateside, has starred in his own sitcom and popped up everywhere over the years from Flight Of The Conchords to Bob's Burgers. Opening for him on the night is local comic and rising star Aoife O'Connor, MC of the popular Crash Comedy club in Dublin and co-host of the podcast I Don't Know Her.
When & Where: Wednesday 24th July, An Grianan Theatre
Celebrating the finest in contemporary street arts and circus, this popular bash, located in the heart of the glorious Inishowen Penninsula, plays host to the likes of 'Ireland's only family-friendly revolutionary circus' Tumblecircus, as well as Cikada and Nakupelle's Circus Bardo, alongside a live version of Countdown and fun for all the family,
When & Where: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July, Malin
Find out more about the Earagail Arts Festival programme here.