Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival
The inaugural festival kicks off August 23. Watch video and book tickets now
The inaugural Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival has been officially launched, with details of events taking place in Enniskillen from August 23 - 27.
The world's first arts festival dedicated to and inspired by the life and works of Samuel Beckett, Happy Days will take place in various venues across Enniskillen, where Beckett – one of Ireland's greatest dramatists – attended the Portora Royal School as a boy.
Although the full programme will not be revealed until June 12, tickets are currently available for selected events on the Happy Days website. The festival features a diverse mix of theatre, music, art, film, comedy and conversation.
Happy Days is part of the London 2012 Festival, a wider celebration of arts and culture which will take place across the UK from June to September 2012. '[Happy Days] takes place on the August Bank Holiday,' said founder and artistic director, Sean Dolan. 'So we're hoping that people will come to Enniskillen and discover the beauty of the town.'
Early festival highlights include Robert Wilson's production of Krapp’s Last Tape, Gavin Bryars with his ensemble performing The Sinking of the Titanic and new commission The Beckett Songbook, the unveiling of Antony Gormley’s Godot Tree at Castle Coole.
Film-maker Atom Egoyan, nominated for two Palme D’Or Awards and two Academy Awards, will also present his installation Steenbeckett (2002), a work from The Artangel Collection that is premiering in Ireland prior to its accession by the Tate.
Writers and poets discussing their relationships with Beckett and the lasting influence of his work will include Edna O’Brien, Lady Antonia Fraser, and John Banville, amongst others.
'There's going to be comedy, a theatre programme, film and even sports,' said Dolan. 'What's exciting about our festival opening with Krapp's Last Tape it that it has these Northern Irish connections – there's a mention in the very important dream sequences of the punt in the reeds – so it could be said that it's the Enniskillen play.'
Happy Days is the world’s first annual festival dedicated to Nobel Prize-winning writer, Samuel Beckett.
Happy Days is funded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Arts Council Northern Ireland, the London 2012 Festival and Fermanagh District Council.