Launch Of Literary & Visual Programme Clifden Arts Festival 2019

By August 17, 2019April 25th, 2021No Comments

Launch Literary & Visual Programme 

For immediate release

In what will be its 42nd festival, Clifden Arts Festival is set to return with a host of theatre, opera, dance, music and artistic delights.

Ireland’s finest creative talent at home and abroad join forces to inspire new audiences to ‘think differently’ about the role of art beyond the everyday.

Oscar-nominated writer Colum McCann will lead a stellar line-up of some of Ireland’s leading artists and writers celebrating Clifden Arts Festival 2019 by breaking down barriers and challenging brand new audiences to truly connect with art for the first time.

Reach out to those who typically feel excluded from the world of arts and culture; Ireland’s longest running festival will celebrate the country’s incredible cultural and artistic tapestry with a series of awe-inspiring exhibitions and talks. While highlighting the enduring success of Ireland’s most respected artists across the globe, the festival will remove cultural, price and physical barriers to attract new audiences to diverse tastes and cultures.

Colum McCann , internationally bestselling author of over three critically acclaimed short story collections and novels such as TransAtlantic and Let the Great World Spin, will join many more literary legends such as Moya Cannon and Thomas McCarthy to discuss their most beloved works. Colum’s short film Everything in this Country Must was nominated for an Academy Award Oscar in 2005, in addition to achieving many more national and international awards throughout his outstanding career.

Continuing this eclectic festival’s long tradition of compelling connections and interesting conversation, Michael Longley and Bernard O’Donaghue will captivate all ages with insightful poetry readings; with the superb musical backdrop of Brian Holmes on Banjo and Danny hunter on fiddle. Sinead Moriarty, one of the most respected names in contemporary Irish writing , will join renowned authors such as Mike McCormack to capture the imagination with enthralling talks and readings not to be missed.

Multi-award winning artist Martin Mooney will present an all-absorbing solo-exhibition of his works; consisting of powerful rural landscapes and floral still life paintings. Among the gold-standard accolades he has received throughout his 40 year career are the Richard Ford Award from the Royal Academy in 1985 and the George Campbell memorial grant in 1987.

Artist Dennis Mammalis will present ‘Connemara in Colour’ ; a unique exhibition of works that represent her “emotional response to twenty years of observing the landscape and the ever changing light of Connemara.” While Ben Crow will also be presenting ‘Connemara in Colour’ in the form of a stunning glass collection that portrays the warm, sunset colours and verdant greens that characterise the stunning Connemara landscape.

Internationally renowned Irish architect Sheila O’Donnell will join John Tuomey to discuss some of the practical and poetical aspects of their fascinating architectural projects.

RTÉ stars David McCullagh and Martina Fitzgerald will chart some of the key moments across their illustrious careers, while Tommie Gorman will host an in-depth discussion with  former Deputy leader of the SDLP Seamus Mallon to discuss his turbulent years as a constitutional politician and his central role in the peace process.

Inspiring the young, budding creative talents of the future; a host of experts from the world of animation, dance, theatre, poetry and singing will share their wealth of expertise and experience with the next generation as part of a range of interactive workshops and talks running in local schools throughout the festival.

Clifden Arts Festival will take place from September 18-29 in Clifden, Connemara. Marking 42 years at the centre of Clifden; this jam-packed festival connects some of the world’s most talented artists as they showcase their work within the magnificent surroundings of the West of Ireland.

For more information about the festival; see the official website: and follow Clifden Arts Festival on Facebook (clifdenartsfestival), Twitter (@clifdenarts) or Instagram (clifdenartsfest).

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