Leading the lift-off this year are some of the country’s loftiest creative talents. Paul Noonan, lynchpin of national treasures Bell X1, legendary composer Bill Whelan and alt-trad maestro Colm Mac Con Iomaire combine with special guests for what will be a magical evening. The West also welcomes back Olivier Award-winning dramatist Pat Kinevane with his “extraordinary” new play Before.
Local legend and recent Aosdána inductee Margaret Irwin West will be the subject of a 50-year retrospective, and award-winning architect Sheila O’Donnell brings her refined watercolour studies to the town. 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: https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/ and follow Clifden Arts Festival on Facebook (clifdenartsfestival), Twitter (@clifdenarts) or Instagram (clifdenartsfest).
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