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Earagail Arts Festival

Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary arts festival which takes place each July throughout County Donegal – two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard.

In 2013 Earagail Arts Festival celebrated its Silver anniversary and 25 years of festival fun. As a festival programming in some of the most rural landscapes of Ireland, we enjoy an annual event that celebrates the true creative spirit of our beautiful county.

Full programme of 2019 events is now available on the festival website.

The Earagail Arts Festival is a venue-based music and arts festival with eclectic and alternative music, visual arts, circus and theatre programmes alongside the spoken word, film, family and children centred events and workshops. We aim to bring inspiring performers to this captivating European frontier, showcase artists native to the area and provide opportunities for cultural exchange.

We host events in venues from purpose built theatres and galleries, to village halls, forests and beaches, creating a unique cultural experience in the most unlikely of magical places.

Through inviting the best of international and local artists to our festival, we have produced a rich vein of collaborations and partnerships throughout the years, including Toumani Diabate and Liam O’ Maonlai, Donal Lunny and Cor Thaobh a Leithid, The Henry Girls with The Fox Hunt, Victor Gama and An Cosan Glas, Inishowen Gospel Choir and Moya Brennan, to name but a few.

Our diverse programme reaches out across the county, so wherever you are staying, from Culdaff to Rathmullan, Dunfanaghy to Carrickfinn, you will be able to enjoy a feast of entertainment located in the heart of one of Ireland’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty and our own secret hidden gem.

Burtonport Festival

Family friendly festival running in Burtonport, Co. Donegal.

Were heading for the 43rd year of the festival.

Easily described as one of the “Best Family Festivals” in Donegal, the Burtonport Summer Festival keeps the whole family in mind – from an action packed selection of children’s activities & outdoor adventures for all the family, street music throughout the day and Island adventures that will create unforgettable childhood memories.

burtonport festival 2019

Mary from Dungloe Festival

Enjoy a flavour of the Wild Atlantic Way at the Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival. In its 52nd year, this Festival attracts visitors from all over the world to experience the best of Donegal through events focused on our traditions, heritage and culture.

A festival with a packed itinerary over a 10 day period, this year’s highlights include Donegal Crafted, an event offering bespoke goods from local artists and food producers. An opportunity to see and partake in traditional Irish music and Dancing. Enjoy an exhibition covering the reasons why so many Donegal women emigrated between 1845 and 1950.

There will be opportunities to delve into family history and genealogy both as a guided walking tour and through workshops. A chance to try some new outdoor adventures all under the backdrop of the rugged mountains and the stunning coastline of the Northern Headlands. There will be big bands to solo artists, street food, a carnival and gala ball. All culminating in the main event, the crowning ceremony for the new Mary of Dungloe for 2019. A true community festival, we in Dungloe look forward to welcoming all our new and returning visitors this summer.

There is always a certain excitement in the air at the Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival that makes its way into the hearts of all the people in the crowd. Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival is more then just a festival. It’s an experience for all the senses!

Since its inception in 1967, The Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival has been celebrating for 10 days every summer. Set amongst the back drop of the rugged and glorious Wild Atlantic Way in West Donegal, the focus in 2019 is the varied and unique history of Donegal, and in particular the area of the Rosses, located in the Gaeltacht. Through a mix of Arts, Food, Language and Music, we proudly offer a glimpse at our traditional past and the opportunity to witness our culture today with Women taking centre stage in many of our events.

Through the years our many returning visitors describe the laughs, the sing-a-longs, and the making of friends that last a life time. Join us from July 27th to August 5th 2019 and make memories that will go down in your personal history book.

Street Entertainment and Music

This year we are offering everything from Classical concerts to Céili bands. Highlights include Jazz, Brass, Country, Indie, HipHop & Bollywood. The numerous artists including Daniel O’Donnell playing different styles of music with differing beats and tempos will have your soul singing and your toes tapping.

Food Events

The Dungloe Street food event is a new offering this year. Sourcing the most perfect food trucks, with wonderful Donegal food producers and vendors, we have local buskers to entertain you and a Gin Bar and craft beer to round it all out.

Arts and Crafts

A two day event highlighting Donegal Artisans brings the past, present and future together in the work of the talented artists living in Donegal. This is the opportunity to purchase pieces of work that highlights the intangible cultural heritage of our community. Demonstrators of traditional crafts will also be on site to let you try your hand.

Children’s events

Biodiversity scavenger walk, Discos, Magician, Arts and Crafts, Sports, Gamers day, Circus skills, Petting zoo, Carnival parade and Story Telling by a well known and famous seanchaithe.

Theatre

Irish language play by an award winning playwright.

Glitz and Glam

Enjoy a night on the town, and dress up for 40’s Swing Music, our Festival Fashion Show, Black Tie Gala Ball and Crowning Cabaret.

Wild Atlantic Way Events

Heritage Walks, Sea Adventures, Kayaking, 5k run and Wild Atlantic Way Car Scavenger Hunt.

Cultural

North West Words by published authors and poets, History talk on the women of the Rosses, Exhibition of Donegal Women who emigrated, Enterprise Fair by young entrepreneurs and understand your Donegal roots at a Genealogy Workshop.

Mary From Dungloe Competition.

There has been a ‘Mary From Dungloe’ for over 50 years The young women who apply whether they win the title or not, become ambassadors for Dungloe, not just for the year they compete but for the rest of their lives. The competition creates lasting friendships and a support network, indeed we in Dungloe, welcome back many of the former contestants year on year, and with them come their families and friends.

mary from dungloe festival 2019

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