The annual Conamara Sea Week takes place in the Quaker village of Letterfrack, the focal point of the festival, situated at the butt of the magical Diamond Mountain & the gateway to Connemara National Park. It is also adjacent to Kylemore Abbey, surrounded by mountains & at the edge of the ocean. This ten day multi layered event has the best of trad music on both weekends with some of Ireland's finest players such as Josephine Marsh, The Mulcahy Sisters, Mick Kinsella, Conor Keane, Jim Rooney, Danny Brouder, Angelina Carberry joined by the best of Conamara players. Conamara Sea Week has an eclectic mix of cultural & sporting events such as darts & chess competitions, art exhibitions, music & sean nos dance workshops, storytelling, film, soccer, concerts, pub gigs, family fun day complete with book fair, kite flying, and a mini boat regatta. There will be the 'After The Light' parade, a dramatic ritual which celebrates creativity and learning in the light of fire. Film director Airt O' Briain described the parade: 'Not only was the parade around the buildings impressive & imaginative, the gathering together around the fire sculptures & the King of Lights throne, with music, lights & small enactments was quite spectacular & so many people were present to participate & mark the event is testament to its potency & strength'.
There will also be a Sea Week Conference on Saturday, 26 October exploring the theme 'Irish Identity'.