A newly-established week long arts festival, Ballina Fringe Festival will run alongside Ballina Salmon Festival programme from 6th to 15th July 2018.
Ballina and North Mayo have a proud heritage in the arts, and our rugged wild Atlantic landscape has provided the inspiration for countless artists through the years. Ballina Fringe Festival seeks to channel this creativity and enhance access to high-quality arts content in Ballina and North Mayo in an ambitious, sustainable way over the coming years.
25 years after North Mayo saw the creation of Tír Sáile – the North Mayo Sculpture Trail, the largest public arts project undertaken in Ireland, the time is right to embark on a new celebration of our proud heritage. A small committee, with the support of Ballina Arts Centre has put together a small programme of carefully chosen events that will bring high quality arts content to new audiences in North Mayo.
Ballina Fringe Festival is delighted to announce a festival programme of art, comedy, poetry, music and literature in North Mayo this July.
Proudly sponsored by the ice house hotel, Mount Falcon Estate, Ballina Arts Centre and Mayo North, this inaugural festival is one to both anticipate and savour in the wild Atlantic atmosphere of Ballina and North Mayo this summer.
It is the ambition of the committee to develop Ballina Fringe Festival into a distinctive identity and standalone event to be delivered outside of the peak tourism season, delivering a quality, invigorating and inspiring arts programme to new and existing audiences and enhancing our attractiveness as a region to potential visitors outside of the summer months.
We look forward to simultaneously welcoming our visitors to this beautiful region to experience life at the edge of the Europe along the Wild Atlantic Way, providing them with memorable experiences and in the future, developing content that will help them to explore the many ways in which this magnificent, unforgiving, landscape manifests itself in the arts.