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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

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

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,