Imaginations soar at Waterford arts festival launch

Ten days of Irish and international talent is in the offing for Waterford as part of the 13th annual Imagine Arts Festival which kicks off next month.

This year’s festival will celebrate Waterford’s rich maritime heritage as well as reinforcing the city’s historic links with the arts when it runs from October 16 to 25 next.

Many of the 62 cultural events scheduled for the event will be free and the programme includes a wide variety of art forms, including spoken word, music, dance, comedy, visual art and drama.

Festival director, Ollie Breslin said the 2014 Imagine will have something to suit all tastes. “We are delighted to host such a variety of artists at this year’s festival,” he said. It is a very enticing programme and we expect that tickets will be hot property. Waterford has always been a great supporter of the arts. Imagine Arts Festival is proud to play a role in continuing that tradition.”

Some of the highlights include music from American folk singer Tim Eriksen; The Lost Brothers; American musician Lee Ranaldo, who is best-known as a co-founder of Sonic Youth; one of the world’s most famous brass bands, The Black Dyke Band; Dylan Tighe; Mick Flannery and a weekend of trad with the John Dwyer Trad Weekend.

Author and playwright Michael Harding will also feature along with author John MacKenna, Michael Smith, Colm Keegan and festival-man Mark Graham.

History and heritage is on offer with ‘Booze, Blaas n’ Banter’, an event which celebrates the city’s Quayside and maritime heritage, featuring a host of journalist, authors and musicians at a traditional “early house”.

A variety of visual art will also be on offer, with a Patrick Morrison Retrospective Exhibition featuring 20 of his most famous prints.

In addition, cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe will host an exhibition along with artists Paul Bolger and Kate Gaudig.

The premiere of a new documentary will also form part of the festival programme when the Ballybricken — Documentary by Mark Power will be screened on October 19.

This year’s festival also features an events programme, especially for children, including a Parade of Light and a variety of theatre and dance events for all tastes and ages.

- www.Imagineartsfestival.com

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