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Music, theatre and visual arts at Clifden Arts Festival

Clifden Arts Festival

Clifden Arts Festival always aims to be a great celebration of all the arts, and the annual event returns to the heart of Connemara from 15 to 25 September, 2022. One of the longest running community arts festivals in Ireland, this 45th showcase will include poetry readings, lectures, recitals, traditional music, concerts, comedy and more.

The organisers promise that audiences can expect a high-quality artistic programme with superb literary, musical and visual art content, which will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland placed as a central focus.

Creative writing, music, theatre and film workshops and performances will take place in local schools for the duration of the festival. The event will open with a special segment for secondary school students.

Community Arts Week began life as a week-long celebration of the arts for the children of Clifden Community School – helping to develop artistic and social skills, and provide an outlet for self-expression and development. Over the years Arts Week at the school gave such pleasure to the greater community that an encompassing and fervent support network grew around it, allowing it to develop.

Clifden Arts Week will also feature literary giant, Margaret Atwood, who will appear in conversation with award-winning writer Elaine Feeney. Broadcaster John Creedon will share his knowledge of Irish folklore. Nuala O’Connor will discuss her bestselling novel Nora, and wildlife filmmaker Doug Allen will take the audiences under the ice with An Eye Below Zero.

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For more information, phone +353 87 331 5009, or e-mail

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