The Earagail Arts Festival took to the streets of Letterkenny at the weekend, to celebrate the launch of the 2010 programme of outdoor, family, music, theatre, literary and visual arts events. This year’s programme brochure is over 50 pages long and packed to the brim with excitement, colour and life – the sort of vibrancy we always seek to deliver every year, says artistic director Paul Brown.
“The outdoor events are the big thing for me,” says Seamus McLaughlin of Letterkenny Kia. “Pyrotechnics, circuses with a twist – the sort of events you would never get to see locally if it weren’t for Earagail,” adds Seamus, who’s been supporting the festival for 6 years now.
“The festival helps bring tourism to the county and showcases the best of what Donegal has to offer,” says John McGinley Coaches MD, James McGinley. This year, they’ve created a special Earagail Arts Festival coach, which will be seen up and down the road to Dublin over the next 6 weeks.
The 2010 Festival is now available to view online at www.eaf.ie and brochures are available from the festival office on +353 74 9168800. Highlights for this year include the incomparable Altan, completing their Donegal Public Art Residency for Earagail 2010, The Divine Comedy, Duke Special, Jerry Fish, Kevin Doherty’s Telegraph, reunited local legends The Pyros and R.A.W., and the most acclaimed new Irish band of 2010, Villagers, performing alongside chart topper Cathy Davey.
There’ll also be the traditional emphasis on family fun, including Cirque-du-Soleil style hi-jinx with vegetables (!) from Cirque De Legume, hilarious clowning acrobatics from Tumble Circus, Les Parfait Inconnus’ Rock n Roll Circus Show, and the fabulous Fanzini Brothers: Cannonball Circus, as well as the annual Carnival Parade.
The Earagail Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Donegal County Council and presented in association with Fáilte Ireland. Details and tickets on www.eaf.ie. Box office +353 74 9120777. Sign up to the festival mailing list for a copy of the brochure at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on +353 74 9168800.
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