Paul Brown, CEO & Artistic Director of Donegal's Earagail Arts Festival introduces this year's programme, which runs from 9th – 24th July.

After our online festival in 2020, a hybrid format of online and limited capacity events in 2021, the Earagail Arts Festival enters its 35th year, connecting with audiences and participants again in person.

After two very different festival years, we've taken time to reflect, learn, evolve and grow.

In planning for the years to come, we want to give our audience the opportunity to shape the festival of the future, to be part of the conversation about art and culture, to participate, to contribute and to create. Whatever your story, come and share it with us and the wider world.

Virtual Reality experience Ar Ais Arís (Pic: Paul Kinsella)

In 2022 and into 2023, new projects reach out to people of all backgrounds across the Northwest; immersive, participative, and giving voice to communities and the stories of the people of Donegal, whilst our three young curators, through mentorship present their first curatorial programme, nurturing their creative ideas into reality.

John Ruddy’s animated work with young ethnic minority participants comes to life in Fadó Fadó, a screening of which take places on Saturday 16th July, while The Human Library, an international spoken word project challenging stereotypes and stigmatisation is recruiting its first cohort of "books" for July 2022.

Fanzini Productions present Ballet Poulet

An expanded programme of circus and street arts performances, masterclasses and camps tour the county, with weekend circus hubs in Inishowen and East Donegal. VR projects such as Ar Ais Aris on the islands of Arranmore and Thoraí, the Éirí Luath urban art projects in Stranorlar, Milford and Gaoth Dobhair, all genres of music from across Ireland, as well as international performances from Italy to the Congo, as well as drama and exhibitions, discussions and guided artist walks in the Donegal landscape, celebrate the diverse culture of this magnificent part of Ireland.

We look forward to seeing you again in July!

The Earagail Arts Festival runs from 9th – 24th July, at various locations across Donegal - find out more here.