We don’t need to imagine anymore as Waterford’s 14th annual Imagine Arts festival kicks off in style with more than 100 events on offer over the next 10 days.
Creative director Ollie Breslin said culture lovers can expect a wide variety of art forms showcased by some of Waterford’s leading talents.
He added that despite the economic downturn in recent years the art scene is booming: “Waterford is going through a really bad recession over the last number of years but the arts have been thriving. The amount of musicians, playwrights, writers and artists that are on the scene in Waterford is just phenomenal. It’s a really interesting place to live at the moment.”
The Déise’s premier arts festival is set to inspire both young and old and it seems there’s something for everyone with events taking place in over 45 venues, running until October 25.
The Parade of Light will take place this Friday at Christ Church Cathedral and will see months of hard work by local school children come to fruition as they parade through the city centre with their lanterns accompanied by local choirs.
Workshops on the art of willow weaving and animation and comic drawing will take place on Saturday followed by Waterford’s first Kite Flying festival on Sunday which is tipped to be one of the highlights of the opening weekend.
The kite flying exhibition which will take place in Carriganore on Sunday will see Imagine attempt to create a local record for the number of kites in the air between 2pm and 3pm.
‘Kite Doctor’ Matthew Kennedy will be available on the day offering repairs and advice on flying practices.
“This is going to be a fantastic event for everyone to come along and enjoy. We will have over 300 kites available for people to fly on the day all available at €1 each and we encourage people to bring their own kites too.”
There will also be a host of theatre productions and a strong musical lineup on offer over the next ten days as well as a playwright workshop, a visual art trail and the annual ‘Booze, Blaas ‘n’ Banter’ event celebrating the City’s Quayside and maritime heritage.