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Author: Fiachra O Regan

Visitors from all over the world travel to the Emerald Isle to seek out Ireland’s longest running festival; the Clifden Arts Festival. According to Fáilte Ireland’s recent consumer festival research, the Clifden Arts Festival exceeds the national festival average on both incidence of overseas visitors and overall satisfaction. Fáilte Ireland has consistently seen festivals and events as key vehicles in attracting overseas and domestic tourism with annual events being a major pull in tourism planning. On the 14-24th of September 2017, Clifden’s 40th annual Arts Festival will take place. This prestigious festival lures an incredible audience of around 3,015 adults annually with 45 percent locals and 17 percent domestic visitors. Engagement with the festival is very strong with visitors attending four days

Wednesday 13th Official Opening of the 40th Clifden Arts Festival with Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins. Thursday 14th An evening with Cherish the Ladies live in concert. Friday 15th Reading by Paul Durcan Saturday 16th Contempo Quartet with Fionnula Moynihan Reading by Bernard O'Donoghue and Michael Longley Stockton’s Wing Sunday 17th Reading by Catherine Bateson and Jane Williams Mikel Murfi I Hear you and Rejoice RTE Concert Orchestra with Soloist Sir James Galway Tuesday 19th Contempo Quartet Footsbarn Play Molière Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson and Mick Daly Wednesday 20th Footbarn Theatre Company with their adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream Thursday 21 Reading with Paula Meehan¨ Michael Coady and Theo Dorgan Late Night Comedy Kevin McAleer Friday 22 Irish Guitar Quartet Saturday 23rd Poetry Reading with Paul Muldoon The Voice Squad Church of Ireland Sunday 24th John O’Connor and Veronica

Festival described as "Ireland's best-kept secret" Archive to be stored in UCD Cultural Heritage Collection Ireland’s oldest community arts festival has handed over 40 years worth of print and digital material to University College Dublin for preservation. The Clifden Arts Festival archive includes thousands of original photographs, video and audio recordings, posters, correspondence and minute books. It will continue to be updated to provide a record of the festival’s development and its national and international impact. Described by Man Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro as “Ireland’s best-kept secret”, the festival has grown from a local event to one that attracts an international audience. Those who have performed at the festival include poet Seamus Heaney,

Launching the Clifden Arts Festival programme of events 2016 is world renowned sculptor John Behan , Des Lally, Clifden Arts Festival and Fidget Feet Aerial Circus Performer Sianna Bruce. The Clifden Arts Festival is Ireland’s longest running arts festival featuring over 200 events including: arts, theatre, music, literature, exhibitions, workshops and cultural offerings. , this year’s festival will be held from September 15th - 25th. Photo by Martina Regan Ireland’s Longest Running Arts Festival Announce Stellar Line Up Hermitage Green, The Kilfenora Ceili Band, Paddy Cole, Phil Coulter and Johnny McEvoy are among the many names who will be taking part in the 39th Clifden Arts Festival, which runs from September 15th