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There have been a few updates to the programme that were not available at time of printing. The Online events programme has been updated but the following changes were made to the programme and are not reflected in the printed version. EXPLORING 6000 YEARS OF ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF JOYCE COUNTRY CONNEMARA. is now scheduled for Wednesday 25th September at 9:30 in the Omey Suite. Music Network Presents Nell NíChróinín, Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, and Josephine Marsh. is now scheduled for Monday 23rd September at 10 pm. Cherish the Ladies is now scheduled for Thursday 26th September 8pm in the West Connemara Leisure Centre. RTE Concert Orchestra is now scheduled for

PLAY: Joxer Daly Esq. - 24th September - 6:30 pm - Clifden Town HallSean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic, Juno and The Paycock, takes centre stage in this intriguing new play from the pen of Eddie NaughtonPLAY: BEFORE - 25th September - 7:00 pm - Clifden Town HallA new play with much music by Pat KinevanePLAY: The Sphere of Light - Secrets of the Boleyn Women -27th September - 12pm - Station House TheatreA presentation by Ann Henning Jocelyn and actors of her latest novel/stage play The Sphere of Light, exploring a new angle on the tragic fate of the Boleyn family under King Henry

Powerful Breast Cancer journey stories brought to life as part of Clifden Arts Festival 2018 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Christopher Banaghan’s all absorbing exhibition will allow attendees to time-travel to the year 4040 A number of brave women’s inspiring Breast Cancer stories and struggles will be brought to life as part of a once off exhibition called Bosom Pals taking place during Clifden Arts Festival 2018( 12th - 23rd September ). The moving exhibition, which is in honour of the late writer and poet Marie Cadden, explores the poems and artworks contained in the Bosom Pals book. The exhibition offers an incredibly unique experience as these works are taken from the intimate

Poet Paul Durcan leads line-up of world- renowned literary legends set to illuminate Clifden Arts Festival 2018 One of Ireland’s most distinctive poets Paul Durcan is among the host of literary heavyweights set to take to the stage and share their internationally acclaimed work as part of Clifden Arts Festival 2018. Paul Durcan will join the eclectic line up of authors, artists, historians and poets set to illuminate Ireland’s longest running festival with their most celebrated works. Nestled in the stunning surroundings of the West of Ireland, a reading with Paul Durcan will captivate visitors as the Dublin born poet shares his self-mocking poems of underachievement and tender verses commemorating the dead. Having won

The theme of this year’s Clifden Arts Festival will explore the concept of “home” as well as showcasing Ireland’s diverse and artistic culture through compelling events which promise to enchant and educate people of all ages. Brendan Flynn, Festival Director explained ‘The physical place of birth holds a special place within us, while for others it isn’t physical but rather the feelings, the emotion, the character, the people and the culture, that shape it and make it. We hope to capture that feeling and explore a sense of home and how it is unique for each of us’.The line-up at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival is very strong with a handful of names that

Confirmed Dates RTE Concert Orchestra – 16th September Aslan – 19th September Sean Keane and Friends – 17th September Professor Joe Lee – Historian – 15th September Fergal Keane – Journalist – 15th September Martin Hayes & Denis Cahill – 18th September Wallis Bird – 15th September Lisa Hannigan – 15th September Other Highlights include James Harper and John F. Deane The Loves of Lady Gregory by Curlew Theatre Co Paul Durcan Rita Ann Higgins Declan Nerney & Band John Moriarty Memorial Lecture by Mark Hederman Danny O’Brien Mairtin O’Connor, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Seamie O’Dowd Visual Arts Programme and Trail Comprehensive Schools Programme And a whole host more! Please check

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