Festival Visionary Honoured with Doctorate
Mr Brendan Flynn, Creative Director of the internationally renowned Clifden Arts Festival, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by NUIG last Friday .The honorary degree of ‘Doctor of Laws’ was awarded to Mr Flynn in recognition of his contribution to the community through his tenure at the festival.
Mr Flynn joins previous honorees, including the late Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Atwood and Enya.
Brendan was vice principal of Clifden Community School in 1977, this was when the festival was first established, primarily with the idea of exposing the students to all spectrums of the arts with a week of cultural education and enlightenment,since then the festival has gone from strength to strength and is now the longest-running arts festival in Ireland.
Mr Flynn’s drive in creating new experiences, as well as diversifying with different forms of creativity is hugely commendable, especially when working with the challenges of developing a new programme of events annually for the past 39 years.
Mr Flynn was also appointed to the Arts Council in 1998 and has edited the ‘Clifden Anthology 1 – 4, which include submissions from literary figures who have been associated with the festival through the years.
Mr Flynn has dedicated his life to creating, curating and producing the festival, with Brendan at the helm there is an extensive programme of high profile acts performing year after year which include; Christy Moore, President Michael D. Higgins, Julie Feeney, comedians Adam Hill and Colin Murphy, along with a long list of acclaimed artists, poets and performers.
Well known and loved Irish poets such as Tony Curtis, Michael Longley, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Michael Coady and the late & great Seamus Heaney, have all made appearances at ‘Arts Week’ as it is known locally.
Today with thanks to Brendan Flynn and his hardworking committee the festival is a community celebration of days filled with arts, music, theatre, exhibitions, literature and many cultural offerings.
For additional information about the Clifden Arts Festival log on to www.clifdenartsweek.ie