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Spraoi returns this August Bank Holiday Weekend

Spraoi is returning to the streets of Waterford this August Bank Holiday Weekend for the first time since 2019.

This year marks the 30th festival, and TV Honan, Director of Spraoi, is inviting everyone to the party!

"Where would you get three days of free entertainment that are suitable for all the family? Big, big invitation going out to people from all over Waterford," he told WLR while guaranteeing a good time to anyone who attends.

The opening show will be on July 29th and will feature an act from France. It will begin in the City Centre and make its way to The Mall.

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There will be many more performances taking place across the weekend free of charge, but the main event will be on Sunday, July 31st.

This will be the Spraoi parade that will be followed by fireworks. It will start on Parnell Street, making its way onto The Mall, The Quay, and finishing around the Blue Crane.

Theme

The theme of this year's festival is 'Discordia.' This is a celebration of the different genres and types of music.

Mike Leahy, Artistic Director of Sparoi, wanted a theme that everyone could relate to.

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"We had been thinking about this for a while, that kind of idea of society and tribes, you know, punks and rockers and jazz heads," he said.

Works on the puppets and floats are underway at the Spraoi Studios.

Mike has said to expect lots of fun, colour, and vibrancy across the weekend.

All Together Now is also taking place on the August Bank Holiday Weekend. For more information on the festival, click here.

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