Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary summer festival which takes place each July throughout County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way on the north-west coast of Ireland.
From 10th to 28th July 2019 this iconic festival will be on the road from West to North Donegal and the Inishowen Peninsula, with a host of new productions from award-winning local and international artists.
Earagail Arts Festival brings inspiring performers to this captivating European frontier, showcases artists native to the area and provides opportunities for cultural exchange, 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.
The diverse programme reaches out across the county, from Arranmore Island, Letterkenny to Malin, so wherever you are staying 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, the hidden gem in the Irish crown.
Highlights during this year’s Earagail Arts Festival include the Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend (11th to 14th July) featuring stellar acts such as Joan As Police Woman, Moonlight Benjamin and Lankum; Mór Music & Arts Trail over two days (20th & 21st July) on the beautiful island of Árainn Mhór (Arranmore) off the coast of West Donegal; and the Wild Atlantic Weekend (27th & 28 July).
Weekend 1: Donegal International Folk and Roots Weekend
Thursday 11 July – Sunday 14th July
We invite you to join us for a four-day celebration of folk, traditional and indigenous music all along the northernmost part of the Wild Atlantic Way in County Donegal. From Thursday 11 July to Sunday 14th July, various locations in Donegal will play host to an array of wonderful performances by local, national and international musicians.
Earagail Arts Festival invites you to Music at the Castle, an afternoon of free seisiúns in the stunning surroundings of Glenveagh Castle. Renowned local artists such as Diane Ní Chanainn (Diane Cannon) & Manus Lunny are joined by Greek Irish bouzouki duo Duo Zouk, the bluegrass and old timey Americana of the Morgan O Kane band and the young trad supergroup Coirm in hosting a series of open to all, traditional music performances celebrating Donegal’s international folk connections. More information about Glenveagh National Park & Castle is available here.
On Sunday, Castle Grove Country House Hotel hosts the second ever Donegal International Folk & Roots BBQ. The evening will be set in the exquisite surroundings of this 17th century estate, headlined Virginia-born virtuoso banjoist and songwriter Morgan O Kane, joined by one of Donegal’s finest duos, Without Willow.
Weekend 2: Mór Music & Arts Trail
Saturday 20th July & Sunday 21st July
Our good friends at Swell Music & Arts Festival are taking a sabbatical for 2019 but we are delighted to announce a new music and arts trail on Arranmore on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July, with a series of live music performances, comedy and spoken word, day and night across five venues on one of Ireland’s most stunning islands.
Saturday (Red Ferry):
Late ferry from Arranmore to Burtonport at 2am. For bookings visit www.arranmoreferry.com call +353 (0) 749542233 / (0) 749520532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday (Blue Ferry):
Late ferry from Arannmore to Burtonport at 2am. For bookings visit www.arranmorefastferry.com, call +353 (0) 87 3171810 or email email@example.com
Weekend 3: Inishowen
Thursday 11 July – Sunday 14th July
The Inishowen Peninsula once again plays hosts to a wide variety of events, from renowned folk singers, Celtic rock, spoken word, to the circus and carnival atmosphere that is the Wild Atlantic Weekend.
In an era of increasing isolationism and restrictions on +individual and artistic liberty, Earagail Arts Festival in partnership with An Anchor Ensemble has commissioned eight artists, writers and broadcasters from Ireland and the UK to perform short readings examining the theme of migration and freedom of movement in each of the four bird hides along the path of the long gone tracks of the Derry to Letterkenny railway line. The collective commission is entitled No Borders No Nations: Inch Landings and is a FREE event.
Featuring brand new shows by last year’s sold out Tumblecircus, Cikadia and Nakupelle’s Circus Bardo, alongside a hugely entertaining live version of Countdown and the interactive Carnival Dress Up Box, the Wild Atlantic Weekend on the Village Green in Malin, the most northern village on the Wild Atlantic Way, celebrates the finest in contemporary Irish and international streets arts and circus.