Earagail Arts Festival
|This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (May 2013)|
|Earagail Arts Festival|
Earagail Arts Festival logo
|Location(s)||County Donegal, Ireland|
|Years active||1988 - present|
The Festival includes parades, street performances and numerous plays, musical concerts and comedy acts in towns and villages across County Donegal. Letterkenny is at the centre of the festival with various venues such as An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre and Donegal County Museum in the town hosting events. Many events take place in other towns and villages throughout Donegal, including Ballybofey, Gweedore, Inishowen, Falcarragh and Creeslough.
It also runs events in tourist attractions around Donegal itself. Drive-in movies at Downings Beach and at Ards Forest Park have been sell-outs in past years and the natural landscape of Glenveagh, Earagail, the Muckish and Aghla mountains, Tory Island and Magheraroarty Beach all form regular backdrops to the festival programme.
The 2009 Festival was launched in The Ramada Encore Hotel (now The Station House Hotel) on the Oldtown Road in Letterkenny. Launched on 2 June, it ran from the 4th to 19th of July. Highlights included The Festival Carnival Parade and Village Fete in Letterkenny on 12 July, Quarterdeck, The Stunning, Mary Black, The Henry Girls, Bassekou Kouate and The Hot 8 Brass Band.
The line-up for 2010's festival included Diving Comedy, Duke Special, The Villagers, Jerry Fish and The Pyros.
The 2012 festival featured We Cut Corners, LUXe, Love All, Dave Alvin and Bui Bolg.
The 2013 festival was the Earagail Arts Festival's 25th birthday. It included Josh Ritter, Backyard Devils, Clannad, Altan, Fidil, The Henry Girls & An Cosan Glas, Out to Lunch, In Their Thousands and LUXe.
The 2014 festival will feature Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan, Bombino, Eduardo Niebla, Melting Pod, Fishamble, LUXe, North West Opera, IMRAM, Dante or Die, and many other performances, exhibitions, workshops and drive-in films.
In 2011, the Arts Festival was principally funded by The Arts Council, Donegal County Council and Fáilte Ireland. Additional funders included British Council Ireland, Office of Public Works, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Donegal Local Development, Department of community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, European Union, Ealaín na Gaeltachta Teoranta, Leader +, Donegal County Council Public Art Programme and Letterkenny Town Council. The 2011 festival was also supported by sponsors.