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Clifden Arts Festival has always been focused on live events. Sitting down to listen to a concert or hearing the voice of the poet. Last year was our first foray into digital events and this year we have developed that further with a new series of pre-recorded Digital events. Conversations with writers, actors, poets, musicians, artists and filmmakers.

The 44th Clifden Arts Festival 2021 – September 15-23, 2021 “A unique and outstanding experience… a ‘meitheal’ between artists and audience forged on a profound respect for community and belonging”President Michael D Higgins Resilience and community spirit remain the order of the day as Clifden Arts Festival keeps the fireslit for its 44th gathering of music, stories, and illumination. Having held fast as a beacon for the arts in 2020, the longest-running community arts festival in the country will once again hoist a flag for the creative spirit this September. As the country emerges cautiously from Covid restrictions, Clifden Arts Festival 2021 will offer wonderment and solace to audiences and artists alike in these

The Art Trail is a numbered window exhibition taking place in Clifden Town as part of Clifden Arts Festival. Start at Market Square, going downthe right-hand side of Market Street, then head towards the Clifden Station House Courtyard and then back onto the Galway Road. Turn left onto Bridge Street heading towards Market Street again. On Market Street, keepto your right-hand side, heading towards Main Street and coming back again to Market Square. The Art Trail runs from 17th - 25th September. Market Square and Market Street All Things Connemara Yvonne KingThe Bike Shop Janet MercerHehirs of Clifden Manon West Clifden Station House Courtyard Oh by Gum Richard WardOh by Gum Michael HarrisSteam Doris

Dear Friends, We are proud to be able to finally announce who will be appearing at the 43rd Clifden Arts Festival this year. The Festival will run from September 17th-22th. This year all Tickets can only be bought online at clifdenartsfestival.ie. They will not be available at the box office. Ensure you book your tickets in advance of the performance or event, as seating capacity is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. No patrons can be admitted without a valid ticket. Some of the highlights include:- Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney- Finghin Collins- Zoe Conway, Donal Lunny, and Mairtin O Connor- Sean Keane- Druid Theatre Company

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