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August 2017

The legendary RTE Con Tempo Quartet, the Irish Guitar Quartet and the Esposito Quartet are amongst the sublime quartets who will astound audiences at the Clifden Arts Festival with their elegant beauty of sound and moving clarity of texture. The festival, which takes place from the 13th-24th of September 2017, features an eclectic, diverse repertoire of events and promises to enchant and educate people of all ages. On Saturday the 16th of September, the RTE Contempo Quartet which has forged a unique place in Irish musical life will take to the stage at the Clifden Arts Festival along with leading pianist, Dr. Fionnula Moynihan. The Quartet is currently Ireland’s National Television

Clifden’s 40th Arts Festival will take place from the 13th-24th September 2017.  Renowned for nurturing the arts amongst young people, this Autumnal festival will inspire and enchant visitors and locals. This year will feature many interesting and educational talks revolving around an assortment of topics such as the Arts, Mindfulness, Astronomy, Jungian Psychology, Irish history and many more from some of the world’s most fascinating people. Open your heart to the deep spiritual peace of 'Saying Yes to Yes' with spiritual guru Kevin McAleer on Thursday the 21st of September for a mind-splitting evening of living fully in the moment, with meditation, mindfulness and deep breathing or let your hair down

  Launching on September 14th, the Clifden Arts Festival 2017 will feature over 200 diverse, eclectic events with an innovative programme filled to the brim with literature heavy weights, charming theatre, exciting music events and incredible visual arts spectacles. Renowned for its tales of invigorating talks and fascinating lectures from some of Ireland’s gold standard speakers, this year they will range from symbolism, astronomy, mindfulness to lectures surrounding some of the most important Irish writers of the latter half of the twentieth century such as Seamus Heaney and John McGahern. Mankind has often long gazed toward the heavens, searching to put meaning and order to the universe around him. David Moore is

A stellar line up of literary heavyweights will illuminate the Clifden Arts Festival as Ireland’s longest running arts festival celebrates 40 years of continued success. Launching on September 14th, literary events will see dozens of readings with some of the most celebrated female authors, artists and historians and poets in the world. Literary masters of mood and atmosphere Robyn Rowland, Gina Mercer, Joan McBreen, Geraldine Mitchell, Mary O’ Malley, Vona Groark are amongst the gold standard poets and authors of our time who will feature at the Clifden Arts festival. Not to mention, curator, archivist, art historian, author, editor, Eimear O’Connor, who will illuminate the Festival with her fascinating talk

Curating a festival is no easy feat by any means and it takes an incredible amount of hard work and determination to pull it off with elegance and grace. An execution of artistic ideas, where the performers and the audiences feed of the high energy that builds in a space of shared artistic chemistry. Over the last forty years the Clifden Arts Festival has transformed into a living, breathing entity which continues to delight and inspire young and old. From traditional, lively Irish music, classical quartets, exceptional concerts, as well as invigorating comedy, spectacular theatre, inspiring talks and incredible visual arts exhibitions, you will not fail to find something to

The 40th Clifden Arts Festival will take place from the 14th-24th September 2017 and will showcase Ireland’s diverse and artistic culture through compelling events which promise to enchant and educate people of all ages. Highlights of the visual arts programme include exhibitions from internationally renowned Mick O’Dea, the current President of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), a spectacular collection from Imelda Healy and breath-taking pencil work from the acclaimed Norbert Stolze. The festival’s Visual Arts Manager, John Durning, has stated that: “This year’s visual art programme features exhibitions to be savoured. The programme is highly educational and aims to enhance visitor’s understanding of visual arts.” The central exhibition this year will

The ground-breaking, multidisciplinary Footsbarn Travelling Theatre will celebrate its world premiere and revisit the Clifden Arts Festival with its internationally acclaimed production of MidSummer Night's Dream and Moliere to create an evening of magic and comedy. From the moment you step inside the tent, you are in a parallel universe, a place where fantastical creatures lurk, and the removal of the intrigues of the court and the lovers, allows for a special emphasis on the world of the groundlings and of the supernatural. Creative Director of the festival, Mr. Brendan Flynn has remarked on how he looks forward to Footsbarn’s return with immense anticipation: “We could not be happier to welcome

With an infectious sense of musical adventure the legendary Kíla and Stockton’s wing will take the 2017 Clifden Arts Festival by storm. A festival of national and international importance, Clifden Arts Festival has sparked creativity, shared its reputation for diversity and quality with visitors and locals and explored the possibilities of nurturing the arts amongst young people from its very origins to present day. Taking place from the 13th to the 24th of September, Stockton’s Wing, who have performed with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli, will celebrate forty years and perform from their vast and eclectic back catalogue of recordings. Softly spoken off stage and vivacious on

Garda Gala Concert & Cara O’ Sullivan One of Ireland’s most prestigious and longest running festivals, the Clifden Arts Festival will take place from the 13th-24th of September 2017. With an eclectic, diverse repertoire of events, this year’s festival promises to enchant and educate people of all ages. Taking place in venues across the picturesque town of Clifden, nestled amidst Connemara’s breath-taking mountain scenery and beautiful rugged coastline, one of the most highly anticipated events will take place on Friday the 15th of September and features the sensational Gala Concert Garda Band accompanied by phenomenal opera singer Cara O’Sullivan. The Garda Band was established shortly after the establishment of An Garda

Schools Programme Clifden Community Arts Festival began its 40 year life in Clifden Community School in 1977 and the arts in education has been the central ethos of the festival ever since. With the opening of a new community school in Clifden this year, the festival which takes place from the 13th-24th of September 2017, will be part of this new and exciting beginning for the town. The festival celebrates the arts for the children of Clifden Community School, Scoil Mhuire, Claddaghduff, Cleggan and Cashel and Ballyconnelly National school, helping to develop artistic and social skills, and provide an outlet for self-expression and development. This year audiences can expect a very high