FrielFest: Brian Friel International Festival

In its first edition since his passing, the returning festival pays tribute to one of Ireland's greatest playwrights with five days of readings, poetry and a giant Trojan horse

Festival Details


Wednesday, 23 August 2017 to Monday, 28 August 2017

Making History is the signature play in this year’s festival with rehearsed readings in Derry’s Guildhall and at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny.

Friel’s fascination with history has inspired us to acknowledge his deep love of Homer’s two epics poems, which are part of the foundation of Western culture. And so, in lieu of the Mediterraean, we are presenting performance recitations of the Odyssey on five Donegal beaches of the Wild Atlantic Way, and in Derry~Londonderry you can experience the Iliad on venues on or around the Walls of Derry.

Friel’s love of Greek and Latin culture was shared by his good friend, and another literary giant, Seamus Heaney, and to mark their close personal and professional relationship we are staging a promenade recitation of Heaney’s posthumously-published translation of Book VI of the Aeneid.

And for the duration of the festival a giant newly-commissioned Trojan horse will be situated in Guildhall Square.

FrielFest: Brian Friel International Festival is funded by TS Eliot Foundation, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Tourism NI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Donegal County Council, Failte Ireland and An Grianan Theatre. 

In partnership with Ulster University and Nerve Centre. 

Media partner Irish News.