Ten days of music, theatre, visual arts, writers’ talks and much more lie ahead in Waterford next month.
The annual Imagine Arts Festival had its official launch on Thursday evening at St John’s College, The Folly. The festival will run from October 19th-29th.
This year both the Waterford Writers Weekend and the John Dwyer Trad weekend also form part of Imagine.
Broadcaster Rick O’Shea, runs the largest book club in Ireland, he was asked to curate the Writer’s Weekend and will curate 23 events over three days, covering authors as diverse as Paul Howard and Francis Brennan to first time authors and poets. He says there will be something to tempt everyone.
The coordinator of the festival is Ollie Breslin. He says they’re still crying out for more national funding from the Arts Council in Dublin. Only 10 thousand euro has been allocated to them this year, compared to half a million allocated to festivals in Kilkenny and Wexford.
WLR’s Deise Today Presenter Eamon Keane was keynote speaker at the event and says the diversity of the Imagine Festival reflects the heart and the spirit of Waterford people.
An inaugurual ‘Blaa-mageddon’ is a new feature this year!
For a full programme of events check out: