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Author: Noel Mannion

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

Music Play The 40th Clifden Arts Festival will take place from the 13th-24th September 2017 and will showcase Ireland’s diverse and artistic culture through compelling, breath-taking events. Every year this annual Arts Festival, held in a picturesque, coastal town, hosts an extraordinary repertoire of exceptional Irish and International musicians who will appeal to the masses no matter where you are from or what your taste in music is. Some of the most anticipated highlights of the festival will include electrifying, pristine performances from an eclectic field of gold-standard musicians and singers, including Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson, Mick Daly, Lisa Lambe, Sean Keane and Tommy Flemming. Music Network is delighted to present an

The 40th Clifden Arts Festival Welcomes Literary Heavyweights to Explore a New Chapter of Education, Entertainment And Enchantment President Michael D. Higgins to Officially Launch Festival A stellar line up of literary heavyweights will be welcomed to Clifden this year as Ireland’s longest running arts festival will celebrate 40 years of continued success. Above: Launching the Clifden Arts Festival programme of events 2017 are festival chairman Des Lally, 2FM Radio Presenter Ciara King, creative director Brendan Flynn and festival secretary Karen Mannion . The Clifden Arts Festival is Ireland’s longest running arts festival, celebrating 40 years this year. The festival features over 200 events including: arts, theatre, music, literature, exhibitions, workshops and