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 2021 subject to confirmation.
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Spraoi Season 2021 returns in August. City Spraoi, Greenway Spraoi, Prism Spraoi and Volunteering Spraoi celebrate Waterford’s sense of fun and community spirit. Of course it’s not exactly ‘the’ Spraoi Weekend we know and love but a month of Spraoi arts and entertainment is a pretty good substitute. We’ll have performers in the city, shows
Spraoi is buzzing – applications are open for N.E.S.T. 2021. Artists with part-developed ideas for character inspired street performances are encouraged to apply. Spraoi R&D assets will assist artists to prepare works-in-progress for practical performances. N.E.S.T. (New Emerging Street Arts) programme is funded by The Arts Council and partnered by ISACS. Thanks to all artists
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Spraoi is delighted Laois street artist Maria Corcoran has been awarded an Arts Council bursary. It maintains professional progression for an artist who remained active last year despite COVID-19 challenges. Maria was one of three participating artists in the Spraoi 2020 N.E.S.T. (New Emerging Street Talent) initiative. Spraoi N.E.S.T. mentors artists and ideas and is
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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.