The Waterford Festival of Architecture (WFA) is a festival which supports architects and works towards enhancing the understanding and appreciation of architecture among the wider community, including creative practitioners of other artistic disciplines. It produces a high quality programme of events that maximise its unique status in Ireland as the only festival of architecture outside of the capital. With an exciting expanded weekend programme of events, during the month of May, to engage local and regional public and specialist audiences, the festival promotes the importance of architecture as an artistic practice.
Through a family and schools programme, specialist lectures and talks, workshops and exhibitions, the Waterford Festival of Architecture continues to grow its profile and audiences by delivering a programme that aims to engage the public with the built environment. Awareness of architecture as an art form is central to the festival. Through these creative collaborations, the festival can demonstrate the necessity for and contributions of, architecture in our daily lives.
Programme of Events:
A very successful outreach programme, “Architects in Schools” which will run throughout various primary schools City & County (TBC); Primary Schools Art Competition with the winner’s exhibition during festival; a Heritage Trail where transition year students are invited to follow a heritage trail through the city and create a photographic image from that trail; exhibitions of student work from the Dept. of Arch; Contemporary and historic venues within Waterford City are used actively during the festival to house exhibitions, workshops and artist talks, including ‘Behind Closed Doors’ trail and the ‘Walk & Talk Trail.’
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