Visitors to Wexford town this would be forgiven for thinking they had landed in the era of ‘Annie’ as little ‘Annie orphans’ took to the streets ahead of their performance in the stage production of theatre hit ‘Annie’ ahead of the 60th Wexford Festival Fringe which officially opens with a giant fireworks display in Wexford town this week. The Fringe Festival hosts 17 days of fantastic events, which run in tandem with the famous Wexford Festival Opera.
Over 260 events will take place across the 17 days of the Fringe Festival with many taking place free of charge; organiser’s say the festival will attract approximately 18,000 visitors to the town.
The opening ceremony fireworks display takes place at 7pm on Wednesday, October 24 on Wexford Quays and it’s a not to be missed spectacular for all the family. The Fringe Festival runs until November 4 and some of the many highlights include, live gigs, theatrical performances, photography and art exhibitions, literary recitals, dance, craft, hurling on the quay and street events.
Stage highlights include an evening with Pierce Turner and ‘A Very Small Orchestra’ performing their celebrated new album at Greenacres. A series of One-act plays’ at St. Michaels Hall and a series of One-Act comedies at Wexford Arts Centre, the Wexford Festival Singers will perfom a’A Choral Odyssey’ on Sunday, October 28.
Families will love the Oyster Lanes Theatre group production of the heart-warming story of little orphan ‘Annie’ running from October 23 to 28 at Dun Mhuire Theatre.
However Festival Organiser’s say, it’s not all about Music, song and dance, ‘spooktacular’ events are also taking place for fans of Halloween. Festivalgoers can enjoy Spooky tours at the world’s oldest operation lighthouse Hook, a Doctor Horror’s Haunted House is on offer at Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford Walking Tours are offering Ghostly Wanders throughout Wexford town.
Details of the 260 events can be found on visitwexford.ie or for updates follow the festival on twitter @wexfringefest.