Following a successful first outing last year, Tread Softly returns to Sligo, a festival celebrating the link between the northwestern town and the Yeats family who drew such inspiration from it.

The story of these famous artists - Nobel Prize winning poet, William Butler, painter Jack B, embroiderer Susan and fine press printer Elizabeth - will be brought to life over 16 days of music, theatre, exhibitions, spoken word – and the return of the hugely successful Yeats Vintage Day, which sees the whole town dressed in the fashions current when the Yeats family walked the streets of Sligo.

Featuring dramatised readings of nine plays from Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Ruth Lehane’s award winning new play, The Lehane Trilogy, a major Jack B Yeats exhibition at The Model, music from Frankie Gavin and Friends, Steve Wickham, The Lost Brothers and The Henry Girls along with acclaimed poets and authors Seamus Heaney, John Banville, Maureen McLane, Paula Meehan and Stephen James Smith.