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Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is an eight day cultural adventure set amidst the stunning backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way. A feast of happenings take place across Sligo, including those in association with Hawk's Well Theatre. 2019's events include Writing the Self workshop with Sinead Gleeson, award-winning poet Maggie Nelson in conversation with Sinead Gleeson, an afternoon with Dublin-based multi-instrumentalist and song writer Inni-K, Brokentalkers Sligo Project's Uprooted, and the rich and compelling musical double bill of Lisa O'Neill and Seamus Fogarty.  


The Sligo Jazz Festival takes place annually, with attendees coming from all over the world to participate in this highly respected event. Produced by Sligo Jazz Project in association with Hawk's Well Theatre, and taking place over a week-long late summer run, the event is one of Europe’s most unique festivals, built around Europe’s premier jazz summer school. With a healthy mix of tutors and participants, this fabulous bunch of avid music lovers make for an atmosphere like no other festival. Participants attend workshops each day, and perform together in ensembles which feature participants and tutors alike. The festival culminates with the highly-anticipated SJP All Stars show, which features a hugely varied set of diverse styles. 


Tread Softly… is part of Sligo’s Season of Yeats, commencing annually on June 13th, the poet’s birthday. The Season of Yeats continues right through the Cairde Festival in July, to reach its finale in August with the Yeats International Summer School and the Tread Softly… festival.

WB Yeats is considered by many to be the greatest English language poet of the 20th Century. Throughout his life he wrote about Sligo and the beauty, folklore and spirituality of the surrounding landscape. His brother Jack once said he never created a painting “without at least a thought of Sligo in it”.

Tread Softly… is an initiative with Fáilte Ireland to develop a platform for the many interested parties collaborating to promote the strong link between Sligo and the Yeats family nationally and internationally.


The Mad Hatter was the very first festival of children's theatre in Sligo. The festival is the result of a collaboration between the Hawk's Well Theatre and Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. In its first year it brought a selection of the best performances on offer around Ireland to the young people of Sligo. The festival aims to provide Sligo audiences with a diverse range of high quality artistic productions from home and abroad and to entertain, teach and inspire the next generation.