Spraoi 2024

For information about exact dates and arrangements for this event during the COVID 19 restrictions please visit the website.

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This is the biggest festival of the year in Waterford, a city that plays host to several excellent events each year. From the beginning a feature of Spraoi (meaning ‘fun’) has been the large number of events which are free, there is no entrance charge for the vast majority of events.

Almost all of the action takes place on the streets and if you are visiting Waterford during Sproai you won’t have to go looking for it – it’ll find you, it’s everywhere. It certainly lives up to it’s billing as a festival of street theatre.

The rather wonderfully named SprÓg (óg is Irish for young) is a children’s festival running alongside the main event, with a fantastic programme of arts and science themed activities, as well as a number of street events. As well as street spectacle there is loads of music, much of it taking place along the quay in Waterford’s city centre.

The opening parade on Friday night is justly famous, with upwards of 40,000 people lining a 1.5km route through the city to watch hundreds of costumed performers, exotic floats, live music and special-effects that takes at least three months to prepare. Spectacular is an appropriate word here. After the parade hang around for an always great fireworks display.

Date and details for 2024 subject to confirmation.

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Welcome to Spraoi, award winning, professional street arts company

Future Producers is a national training programme for aspiring street arts producers led Kath Gorman of Prominade. Spraoi Studios was delighted to host a recent two day residency for this year’s participants: Ciara O’Mahony, Kara Moore, Karen Aguiar, Aoife Maguire, Ciara Moloughney, and Aysegul Yuzel. Future Producers is funded by The Arts Council and partnered

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Performers Will Flannagan and his mentor Tony Mahon visit Spraoi Studios for a residency in April. They are here to develop Will’s new tightrope performance. Will is an inventive performer who has featured at Spraoi and an array of other festivals. Tony was a key creative influence for Lifelines, an amazing high-wire performance across the

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Posted: April 5, 2024, 10:29 am

N.E.S.T. (New Emerging Street Talent) is a Spraoi mentoring programme that assists Irish street performers to develop new shows. Thank you to all artists who applied for N.E.S.T. 2024. Congratulations to Gemma May Halligan and David Jude Quinn of Amadán Productions who were selected. They will be mentored at Spraoi Studios and preview a new

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Here’s a look at some of the action from 2013 to give you an idea of what to expect, though obviously there are different performers each year:

Visitor Information and Map for Spraoi

No particular venue information is needed – esentially just show up in Waterford, wander around and enjoy! Some children’s events do need prior booking however – see website for details.

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