2015 will mark 38 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 in and around the own.
The town makes good use of its extraordinarily beautiful surroundings and generally has a programme of guided walks for those who want to learn more about the area, but even if you don’t catch one of those there will always be a great walk or a scenic drive available for those who need a break from festival activities.
Date and details for 2018 subject to confirmation.
Clifden Arts Festival
Celebrating 40 Years of bringing the Arts to Clifden
Powerful Breast Cancer journey stories brought to life as part of Clifden Arts Festival 2018 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Christopher Banaghan’s all absorbing exhibition will allow attendees to time-travel to the year 4040 A number of brave women’s inspiring Breast Cancer stories and struggles will be brought to life as part of a once off exhibition called Bosom Pals taking place during...
Poet Paul Durcan leads line-up of world- renowned literary legends set to illuminate Clifden Arts Festival 2018 One of Ireland’s most distinctive poets Paul Durcan is among the host of literary heavyweights set to take to the stage and share their internationally acclaimed work as part of Clifden Arts Festival 2018. Paul Durcan will join the eclectic line up of authors, artists, historians and ...
The theme of this year’s Clifden Arts Festival will explore the concept of “home” as well as showcasing Ireland’s diverse and artistic culture through compelling events which promise to enchant and educate people of all ages. Brendan Flynn, Festival Director explained ‘The physical place of birth holds a special place within us, while for others it isn’t physical but rather the feelings, the em...
Clifden Arts Visitor Information and Map
Early booking is advisable for headline events, but there will always be plenty to attend if you turn up at the last minute.