What to expect from Cruthú Arts Festival 2017

What’s on during Cruthú Arts Festival 2017

Cruthú Arts Festival weekend schedule

With a little over a week to go, we’re gearing up for the most colourful festival in town. Now in its fourth year, Cruthú Arts Festival brings a wide variety of art exhibitions, street art, music, literature, theatre and family events to Longford. There really is something for everyone.

The lead in events start this week as our ReActor one act play series hits Ballymahon library on Wednesday and Granard library on Thursday. These four never before seen plays were written specifically for Cruthú with directors reacting to the short pieces. They had to direct and cast the play and now the moment has come to release the results.

Have a sneak peak:

From Monday the 24th things really heat up with a number of events taking place in Longford Library. The launch of Windows Publication is happening at 7:30 bringing the best of local literature to town while on Wednesday 26th Ambrose Donnelly will exhibit his art work which is inspired by his mother, a lady who was born into the CastlePollard Mother and Baby Home.

It’s full steam ahead on Thursday the 27th of July with the launch of Cruthú Arts Festival 2017. This will see the return of Longford native Shane Cullen who will exhibit his art upstairs in Providers, Longford. Music on the night will be provided by Brazilian born, Longford based Bianca Fachel.

Across the weekend will see the return of the famous Cruthú street art, the pop-up art galleries in unused buildings, various workshops and a series of music and literary events. Big ones to watch out for are the St John’s Church gigs, the Cafe Sessions, the launch of The King at the Back of the Hill anthology with readings by some of the contributors. Of course visit any of our artists workshops of your choice.

Don’t miss Eggsistentialism in the Backstage Theatre on Friday, July 28th. It’s a comedic, autobiographical journey charting the madcap odyssey writer/performer Joanne Ryan embarked upon while trying to decide in her final fertile years whether or not to have a child. It promises to be a great show with fantastic reviews. Buy tickets here. Hear what people have had to say:

The Cafe Sessions are a new addition to Cruthú with four cafes over taking part over two days. On Friday 28th July 5pm in Moments Cafe watch Pub Fiction play an acoustic session and on the same day, Fabiani they will hold their monthly “Last Friday Sessions” featuring Paul Hennessy, Eimear Reynolds, Sean Rooney, Katie Gallagher and Tómas Skelly. On Saturday 29th July 5pm in Coffee house 45, Sean Rooney will play an acoustic session and following this at 6:30pm in Torc, Painted Skies will play an acoustic session. Enjoy tea, a bun and some great music.

Sean Rooney:

Also, at 10:30pm on Saturday 29th of July head on down to Eamonn Farrell’s pub for the rockier side of Cruthú where Reprisal will play a killer set.

The St John’s Church gigs are growing bigger and better every year. Having previously hosted Nina Hynes and Mick Flannery, this year the gigs are spread out over two nights with David Kitt and Katie Laffan on Saturday the 29th from 8pm and on Sunday the 30th Áine Cahill featuring very special guests. These two magical shows are not to be missed. Buy tickets here.

Katie Laffan

David Kitt

Áine Cahill

Don’t forget all across the weekend to visit our “Square Eyes” youth art project on the Market Square, Little Gem Puppets and our family fun day.

For full listings see our programme.