The Art of West Cork, Skibbereen Arts Festival 2017

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

ART is everywhere in West Cork. In the scenery, in the people and in the atmosphere.

The ninth Skibbereen Arts Festival 28th July – 6th August pays homage to this vital fabric of their community with an amazing programme of music, film, theatre, poetry, exhibitions, installations, workshops, walks, talks and a spectacular 1970s street disco.

Musical highlights include the world- famous Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa, Scottish superstar Eddi Reader, an evening of Gregorian Chant with Noirín Ní Riain and the 9th annual Canon Goodman Concert with Michael McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly.

Theatre highlights include The Words Are There by Ronan Dempsey, Ken Rogan’s HERO, an adaptation of James Joyce’s Dubliners and Alan Rickman’s My Name is Rachel Corrie.

An incredible Film Festival will show a series of beautiful and thought-provoking films dealing with the transformative power of the arts in mental heath and in trouble spots around the world.

Films include Alan Gilsnean’s Meetings with Ivor, Adam Sjöberg’s I Am Sun Mu, Glenn Holstein’s The Barefoot Artist and a film on Paul Simon’s Graceland album Under African Skies.

An amazing array of visual art exhibitions take place throughout the town as Skibbereen itself becomes a gallery for the week, with the work of over 50 artists on display. Featured artists include William Crozier, Brian Lalor, Tom Climent, Don Cronin and a very special sound installation in a cave by Alan James Burns.

The art of poetry and spoken word feature heavily with the first West Cork History Festival, panel discussion Making Sense 3 – The Art of Mental Health and a Big Big Night of Poetry.

The programme also features some stunning nature and history walks and lots of interesting and educational workshops for all ages

The festival opens with a spectacular 1970s Street Party Friday Night Fever – a tribute to the 1977 movie classic that shot John Travolta to stardom.

The ethos of this remarkable festival is ‘inclusion and accessibility’ and everything is very reasonably priced with many free events and many opportunities to view or to take part. Undoubtedly The place to be this summer is Skibbereen Arts Festival 2017!


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