Imagine Arts Festival
Imagine Arts Festival is a unique celebration of the arts in Waterford City. Since its inception in 2003, Imagine Arts has seen considerable growth in both scale and content and now in its 14th year, Imagine has firmly established itself as the primary festival of arts in Waterford. Imagine Arts Festival runs over a 10 day period from 15th October to 25th October.
Imagine arts is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that features live performances, exhibitions and interactive arts experiences for people of all ages and interests. The festival committee has consistently provided a dynamic programme of arts including: Dance, Film, Visual Art, Theatre, Spoken Word (including comedy, social history, storytelling and literature), Music as well as a Children’s and youth programmes.
Imagine promotes both established and emerging artists, from the local, national and international arena, encouraging awareness and participation, through ease of access to the public and value for money.
This year, Imagine Arts Festival presents a feast of arts activities, exhibitions, concerts, workshops and roughly 100 events over ten days from 15 – 25 October. The festival also incorporates a traditional music weekend dedicated to the great New Ross fiddler John Dwyer which runs 16 – 18 October and includes a trail all around The Viking Triangle.
The festival started 14 years ago, run by a dedicated band of volunteers who wish to have a major arts festival in Waterford each year bringing in the best of national and international acts while also showcasing our own local great talent. Exciting new developments this year include a cafe trail on both Saturdays involving local musicians touring to local Cafes.
Some top class authors are visiting including both John Banville and Paul Durcan. Local artist Pat Murphy will have his first major exhibition in quite some time at Greyfriars Gallery. Some great music is on the way and includes “Danu” who are celebrating their 20th birthday and will appear at The Tower Hotel on Friday 16th. Enjoy tracks from their recently released album ‘Buan’ which is receiving rave reviews throughout the world – definitely a concert not to be missed. Other musical treats include “This is the Kit” and folk guitarist supremo Martin Simpson who has played with everybody from Richard Thompson to Steve Miller.
On the theatre side Imagine Arts Festival have a very exciting young Tipperary writer Aine Ryan performing her own show ‘Kitty in the Lane’ in Central Arts on 17th and 18th October complimented by an exciting two day playwrights workshop which will incorporate emerging writers from the three-sisters area of Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny.
To find out more go to the Imagine website or see the printed brochure.