Arts festivals have everything! They’ve got music, theatre, art, comedy – basically anything that’s art. Below you’ll find the best arts festivals taking place this summer compiled into a handy list, so all you have to do is figure out how to cram them all into your summer plans.
Kinsale Arts Festival: 6th - 14th July 2013
Kinsale Arts Festival is an annual celebration of international and local arts and culture, taking place in the unique setting of a seaside town in Co. Cork. Now in its ninth year, the festival has become an integral part of Ireland’s cultural calendar, welcoming a selection of the most exciting established and emerging artists, writers and performers to takeover the town for nine days each July. Read more.
Earagail Arts Festival: 21st June - 21st July 2013
The annual bilingual Earagail Arts Festival is celebrating its 25th year of artistic programming in Co. Donegal. The festival is renowned for hosting the very best of music, theatre, visual arts and literature and this year will be no different. Paul Brown, Festival Director with the Earagail Arts Festival commented."We're really looking forward to this year's festival, shows like Clannad & Altan and Josh Ritter which reflect the local and international flavour of the festival and which we announced at the end of last year are selling really well already, so we're well under way in making this a real birthday party to celebrate". Read more.
Galway Arts Festival: 15th - 28th July 2013
Galway Arts Festival is Ireland's largest international arts festival. The Festival showcases a wide variety of international artists alongside the best of Irish talent and includes music (popular, contemporary, jazz, world, classical and traditional), theatre (indoor and outdoor), visual arts, dance, talks, discussions, family events and comedy in its programme. Read more.
Cork Midsummer Festival: 21 June - 1st July 2013
Cork Midsummer Festival is smart, startling, annual festival that takes place in Cork City and county - captivating a growing audience of all ages. Featuring over ten days of world-class theatre, dance, music, opera, visual art and street art, it presents unique events in unexpected places. Read more.
Boyle Arts Festival: 25th July - 3rd August 2013
Boyle Arts Festival is a magnificent festival gem with an emphasis on small, intimate events in historically and architecturally interesting buildings. Blossoming into an annual 10 day event, it has built a significant reputation, earning it a place as one of Ireland's best celebrations of the arts each summer. Read more.
Kilkenny Arts Festival: 9th - 18th August 2013
Kilkenny Arts Festival is set celebrate 40 years in 2013. Kilkenny's largest festival and Ireland's oldest multi-disciplinary arts festival brings over 25,000 visitors from Ireland and abroad into Kilkenny City every year for a feast of the very best in Irish and international acts. Read more.