• Cyril McAree

Imagine Arts Festival Waterford – October 19th to 29th 2017


A colourful international programme of some 120 performances including theatre, dance, music, visual art, discussion and debate, alongside a strong focus on home-produced work will be on offer at the 16th annual 10-day Imagine Arts Festival which takes place in Waterford this October 19th to October 29th. Ireland's oldest city sets the backdrop for a vibrant Arts Festival with an exciting multi-disciplinary series of events that promotes the best of local arts mixed with top national and international work.

Some of the 2017 festival highlights include a wonderful visual art exhibition opening at Greyfriars Gallery with works from Artist Bernadette Kiely. Musical highlights include gigs with lead guitarist with legendary indie band The Coral Bill Ryder Jones, the ‘must see’ Martin Stephenson and the Daintees and critically acclaimed James Yorkston,Jon Thorne and Suhail Khan together combine their singular talents to create a confluence of currents and two giants of Irish traditional music Noel Hill and Frankie Gavin as well as Brian McGrath come together for a rare performance.

Writers Stefanie Preissner, Paul Howard, Cat Hogan, Eithne Shortall, Sinead Crowley, Sally Rooney, along with Waterford Whispers News Founder Colm Williamson and more all take part in Waterford Writers Weekend.

Poet Mark Roper will launch his seventh poetry collection, comedian Reginald D Hunter is set for the stage and a never seen before ‘Battle of the Blaa’ is also on offer. The premiere for the new film ‘Submerged’ will take place at 3 / 4 George’s Street, the City’s new Cultural Quarter Arts space. This occasion will also see the space used for the very first time as an Arts venue. Dance, theatre and even a trad gala concert starring John Dwyer on fiddle will be showcased at the John Dwyer Trad Weekend.

A shadow theatre performance with live music based on the ancient Greek story of 'Antigone' by Sophocles and performed within the ancient walls of Waterford City.

'Booze, Blaas and Banter’ event celebrating the City’s Quayside and maritime heritage will offer lots of interesting chats and craic with speakers including Liam Cahill, Brid Smith, Jack Burtchell and Roddie Cleere.

The festival is packed with over 120 acts & performances for all tastes and ages, for further festival details see imagineartsfestival.com

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