Tuam Arts Festival

THE ARTS festival and the races may be over, but that does not mean Galway’s festival season has closed - far from it as next up is the Tuam Arts Festival from August 12 to 21.

The ninth Tuam Arts Festival will see more than 80 events taking place over 10 days. Opening the festival will be Labhraidh Loinseach, a mix of shadow-puppetry, parade, and live music, retelling the story of the King of Munster who harbours a dark secret.

The theatre programme features Kevin O’Dwyer’s new comedy Tales From A Monbach; Little John Nee’s new show The Mother’s Arms Singing Lounge; while the We Like Short Theatre event returns featuring mini-dramas and short works from local writers.

Wigóg is three full days of events for younger audiences, featuring Cups and Crowns, drama, creative writing and dance workshops, storytelling, and the ever popular kids’ disco with DJ Karey.

There will be concerts from the great local acts such as singer-songwriters Noelie McDonnell and Seamus Ruttledge; indie-rockers The Ralphs and The Coonics, punk trio So Cow; as well as Eoin Hynes, Vibe for Glavo, and soul singer Buck Taylor, while showband era fans will enjoy the Tuam Showband Show.

For more information see the festival programme or check out www.ear wigart.com

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