This year’s Cairde Arts Festival presents a great range of events for all the family. The Cool Mules will bring their Fish Tale incorporating live music and theatre to Strandhill Celtic in Strandhill, The Yacht Club in Rosses Point and
to Chapter’s Café on Bridge St in Sligo whilst Papagena Puppet Theatre will tell the story of The House and all the colourful and curious characters living there at The Model on the Mall in Sligo.
Cairde has teamed up with Season of Yeats for a very special once off event called The Stolen Child. A site specific, promenade style performance for children aged 4 years and older. The piece will involve 12 actors, musicians,
dancers and performers all from the Sligo area and promises to be an exciting event and a great introduction for kids to one of Yeat’s greatest and most famous poems, The Stolen Child. Performers involved include Bob Kelly, Nichola McEvilly, Marketa Formanova and Kiefer Moriarty-Short. Directed by Fiona McGeown, the piece will explore the innocence of youth and Yeats ideas surrounding Mysticism and the Celtic Myth.
The much anticipated Park Fest is the jewel in the crown of the Cairde Arts Festival. A week of festival fun culminates in this, the final day at the Peace Park – a day long celebration of music, art, craft, circus dance and all kinds of art workshops and entertainment for the little ones. Park Fest takes place in one of Sligo’s hidden gems, the Peace Park a beautiful walled park nestled in behind The Hawk’s Well Theatre and Sligo’s two cathedrals.
The Cairde Arts Festival always showcases the amazing and rich talent which exists in Sligo and this year’s line up is no different. Park Fest 2012 features music performances by Moxie, The Candles, Sharon Conway and Ruby Ridge and Rackhouse Pilfer. There will be a drumming and percussion performance by the Nu Haven Drummers and a taste of the orient with Lynn’s belly dancing troupe.
Cairde has teamed up with The Leader run Sounding Board Project to give a stage to the up and coming new talent which is also abundant in Sligo. Sounding Board will be represented by DJ’s Nathan Healy and Kealen Mitchell Hughes and guitarists Brian Candon and Milo Cummins.
A great range of Kiddie’s art workshops will be organised by Rachel Quinn and Tony Conway of Art House and our face painters extraordinaire Meg Rybicki and Carol Wilson will be working their magic on children’s faces.
This year’s circus performance comes courtesy of the amazing Fanzini Brothers. Witness the jaw-dropping antics of these devilishly handsome Italian Kerrymen. They present fantastic comedy and pure fun in their spoof danger,
comedy circus show, Deathwish. Do not miss these heroes of the Irish circus scene!!
What’s more… Park Fest is free!!
For information or booking : www.cairdefestival.com.