“The May Bank Holiday weekend is coming and that can mean only one thing … it’s Drogheda Arts Festival Time” declares Collette Farrell, co-chair of the Drogheda Arts Festival.
With a range of free and ticketed events, the Drogheda Arts Festival offers something for everyone. Co-chair Elaine Cronin continues “Running from 1-7th May with music, poetry, walking tours, visual arts and DJs and so much more. We’ve a host of new plays by local theatre companies and two big family fun events. Check out the full line up on www.DroghedaArtsFestival.ie.”
Collette outlines some of the 2018 Festival highlights:
- Love Hate star John Connors will take to the stage for “Dissenters”, in conversation with the BBC’s Marie-Louise Muir.
- New works of theatre including “The Star of Chesters Lane” and “The Immortals” both focusing on local stories and characters. A Midsummer Night’s Murder will take place in An Grianán with dinner theatre and a super production by Catastrophe Theatre Company.
- A new walking tour for 2018 includes Drogheda’s musical heritage. “Songtrail” features music, songs, stories and tells the tale of Drogheda’s rich traditional music history.
- “The Word” an unmissable night of spoken word from some of Ireland’s foremost performance poets.
- Legendary DJs, Mike Joyce and Tim Burgess playing Sarsfield’s and Fusion respectively while 'Spectrum' aka Pete 'Sonic Boom' Kember plays the music of Spectrum, E.A.R & Spacemen 3 in his only Irish performance.
Family fun is a really important part of the Drogheda Arts Festival. Elaine elaborates “Saturday sees the Drogheda Arts Festival take up residence in St. Dominic’s Park with a free family fun day from 12.30-5.00pm. And on Bank Holiday Monday the Festival moves to Beaulieu House and Gardens. Live music on the woodland stage, acoustic gigs in the chapel, ballet in the garden and traditional games on the lawn. There will be a feast of food and music in the quadrangle with brass bands and DJs and delicious tea and buns. Don’t miss The Cottage Market Beaulieu with treats and gifts for all ages.”
Visit www.DroghedaArtsFestival.ie to book your tickets or pop into the box office at the Droichead Arts Centre in Stockwell Street and catch festival updates on Facebook and Twitter. The Drogheda Arts Festival is generously funded by Louth County Council and the Arts Council with accommodation sponsorship from the d hotel.