Clifden Arts Festival
Various Venues, Clifden, Co Galway
2011 will mark 34 years of the annual arts festival in the Connermara captial of Clifden, which has grown from a small community event in to one with a packed programme of events playing to an international audience.
With music, song, dance, drama, comedy, poetry, readings and concerts as well as an always imaginative and strong children’s programme, the festival has something for everyone. Still very much a community effort, events and exhibitions take place in just about every available space.
Among the familiar names on the festival programme are pianist John O’Conor, the Vanburg String Quartet and Kevin McAleer.
The town makes good use of its extraordinarily beautiful surroundings with a programme of guided walks, but even if you don’t catch one of those there will always be a great walk or a scenic drive for those who need a break from festival activities.
Clifden Arts Visitor Information and Map
Full details of all events are available on the festival website. Early booking is advisable for headline events, but there will always be plenty to attend if you turn up at the last minute.