Earagail Arts Festival Underway

One of the longest running arts festivals in Ireland returns to Donegal

The Earagail Arts Festival is one of the longest running arts festivals in Ireland, with 23 years under its belt. This year, from July 9 to 24, venues across Donegal will play host to artists and performers from across the globe in what is perhaps Earagail's finest festival programme to date.

There is music, theatre, film, visual arts and more to suit all tastes.

Once again the Earagail Arts Festival marks the return of a legendary band. 80s 2Tone legends The Selecter return to perform their hits 'On My Radio' and 'Too Much Pressure' at the Grill, Letterkenny on July 16.

Another concert not to be missed is the Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou, who are travelling all the way from west Africa for the festival. The Orchestre is a national institution in their native Benin and are considered superstars of African music across the world. They are performing at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny on July 10.

An exciting new addition to the festival line-up this year is the very first Glebe Gathering at the Glebe House Gallery and Gardens in Churchill, Letterkenny. The all-day event, which will feature many arts activities from origami workshops to landscape painting, is one for all the family.

Continuing the ethos of promoting local arts, this year’s 'Made In Donegal' theme is theatre. Festival Director Paul Brown said: 'Last year we focused on musical talent. We invited festival directors from all over the world to our 'Made In Donegal' showcase and it proved a great success, with the likes of the Henry Girls being invited to Celtic Connections and the upcoming Milwaukee Irish Fest.

'This year we wanted to promote the locally based theatre section, from Rediscovering the lesser known works of Brian Friel with renowned actor Gerard McSorley to our very own Little John Nee. There are going to be a lot of performances in very intimate surroundings across the county to bring theatre and the audience closer to each other.'

Another theatrical treat, and giving new writer a platform, will be Babalon Theatre Company’s The Crowning Guest at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on July 23. Written by and starring Andrew Galvin alongside Binah-Gemma Walker, this is a darkly comic mediation on death as a creative force.

Earagail Arts Festival runs from July 9 - 24. Log on to the festival website below for more event information and to book tickets. Enter our competition to win two tickets to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's performance on the closing day of the festival.