Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

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Win a pass for a weekend of performances, talks and more celebrating the literary giant in stunning locations

August 31 - September 3

Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Two of Ireland's greatest modern literary figures are to be celebrated in the coming weeks as part of a new cross-border arts initiative which will see the return of festivals centred around Brian Friel and Samuel Beckett.

Arts Over Borders comes from artistic directors Seán Doran and Liam Browne, the creative duo behind Happy Days Festival and A Wilde Weekend in Enniskillen, and the opening year-long programme for Seamus Heaney HomePlace. It is run in association with the Nerve Centre.

Arts Over Borders is set to bring back Enniskillen’s Happy Days International Beckett Festival from September 1 to 3, which includes Adrian Dunbar’s production of Ohio Impromptu by Samuel Beckett on Devenish Island and Beckett’s Catastrophe in a secret location.

Since its first year in 2012 'Happy Days' has won high critical praise across the world from the New York Times to the China Daily, being described by the Financial Times as the new kid on the block to Europe’s leading multi-arts festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg and Avignon.

Other events in the 2017 festival include a Beckett Schubertiade with Benjamin Appl performing Winterreise and tenor Nicky Spence performing Swan Song (Schwanengesang), both accompanied on the piano by Julius Drake, and the free Precious Little concert will be given by the mezzo-soprano Ruby Philogene MBE.

The talks programme involves Garrett Carr and Kapka Kassabova discussing borders and Raymond Tallis and Mark O’Connell exploring themes of death and immortality, whilst the opening festival talk is given by Kathryn White from Ulster University.

Browse the full programme of events at www.artsoverborders.com.