The 59th Wexford Festival Fringe opens with a giant fireworks display in Wexford town to announce 17 days of fantastic Fringe Festival events which run in tandem with the famous Wexford Festival Opera which is currently celebrating its 60th year.
Over 250 events will take place across the 17 days of the Fringe Festival with many taking place free of charge; organisers say the festival will attract approximately 18,000 visitors to the town.
Commenting on the upcoming festival, Wexford Festival Fringe Coordinator, Orla Nolan said, “This festival delivers the very best of Irish and international cultural experiences and it really offers something for all tastes and generations from an Art Exhibition with over 50 local and visiting artists showcasing their work, to Literary events to musical hits on stage and the many children’s events.
The festival takes place at a time of year which is typically seen as the close of the peak tourism season so it offers a huge economic boost to the town and environs.”
The opening ceremony fireworks display takes place at 7pm on Friday, October 21 on Wexford Quays and it’s a not to be missed spectacular for all the family. The Fringe Festival runs until November 6 and some of the many highlights include, live gigs, theatrical performances, photography and art exhibitions, literary recitals, dance, craft, children’s and street events.
Stage highlights include festival ‘Hits from the Musicals’ presented by the Wexford Light Opera Society featuring a variety of musicals and light opera classics including Offenbach and Gilbert and Sullivan, Lloyd Weber and Boublil and Schonberg. For classical music fans, Wexford Festival Singers will perform Faure Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria, conducted by Prof James Cavanagh. Families will love the Oyster Lanes Theatre group production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ from October 24 to 30 at Dun Mhuire Theatre.
However Festival Organisers say, it’s not all about Music, literary fans can enjoy readings from Dermot Healy’s new critically acclaimed novel ‘Long Time, No See’ and Christopher J. Wilson will read extracts from his great uncle’s Dr Edward A. Wilson’s Antarctic Notebooks which record a rare glimpse into Antarctic life in the early 1900s through daily expedition logs, paint and pencil sketches.
The Agricultural Museum, Johnstown Castle will host ‘No Matter Where You Go There You Are’ a video and live performance conversation about migration, travel and belonging.
A brand new ‘Art District’ will be established in Wexford town for the festival as over 50 local and visiting artists showcase their work, artists include Paul James famed for his cow portraiture and atmospheric rural landscapes, Wexford born Ivan Sutton synonymous with seascapes and still life paintings and Maeve Doherty’s romantic figurative work in watercolour and oil will all be on show.
A Festival Book Fair part of Wexford Festival Fringe for almost 30 years will take place on November 6 and it features a wide range of rare and antiquarian books. Book dealers from all over Ireland gather for this annual event.
Details of the 250 events can be found on visitwexford.ie or for updates follow the festival on twitter @wexfringefest