Donegal – Earagail Arts Festival Returns

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The Earagail Arts Festival is making a welcome return to its full programme along the Wild Atlantic Way from 9- 24 July. At the launch this week, guests were entertained by Clare Friel, Brid Harper and Róisín Harrigan of Na Sí Fiddlers and a special appearance by street performer, The Exotic Dr. Proctor. 

Donegal – Earagail Arts Festival Returns 

With a family-orientated programme from the Gaeltacht islands off the West Donegal coast to Ireland’s most northern village Malin, Earagail Arts Festival has something for all ages. The festival features an expanded programme of circus and street arts performances, masterclasses and camps, with weekend circus hubs in Inishowen and East Donegal. 

Marking the official opening, Cllr Murray celebrated the return of a full in-person programme to the Donegal festival. “After two years of very different festival formats, 2022 marks the return of Donegal’s largest celebration of culture and creativity and it is a major milestone as it is the 35th year of the festival. 

Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festivals at Fáilte Ireland said: “Fáilte Ireland is pleased to support this year’s Earagail Arts Festival as it returns to County Donegal. Festivals such as this are a brilliant opportunity for visitors to experience what Ireland’s arts, heritage and culture have to offer to people of all interests and ages and offers a great opportunity to explore the best of Donegal and The Wild Atlantic Way. 

CEO & Artistic Director of Earagail Arts Festival, Paul Brown added: “This year an expanded programme of circus and street arts performances, workshops and camps tours the county, with weekend circus hubs in Malin and Raphoe.  

VR and graffiti art projects, a rich and diverse music, drama and exhibitions programme, discussions and guided artist walks in the Donegal landscape, all celebrate the indigenous life, nature and culture of this magnificent part of Ireland.” 

Acts appearing at events throughout the festival, which includes the Wild Atlantic Weekend on The Green in Malin, will be popular performers such as Tumble Circus, Fanzinis, Swarm, Baubo Theatre, The Adventures of Dr Proctor and much more. 

Big Line-Up of Artists and Musicians

The line-up features lots of musical highlights including SOAK, The Ghostllight Sessions with Dark Tropics, Laytha and Winnie Ama, Rónán Ó Snodaigh & Myles O’Reilly, Suonno D’Ajere from Italy, Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney, String Ninjas, Tanya McCole, Problem Patterns, Goitse, The Henry Girls & Na Sí Fiddlers, Ye Vagabonds, Diane Cannon, Clann Mhic Ruairí and Honeyfeet. 

Earagail Arts Festival is kindly supported by Donegal County Council, Arts Council Ireland and Wild Atlantic Way, see the programme here.

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Joan Scales
Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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