Welcome to Carlow Arts Festival, the first big Cultural event of Summer 2018. This year's festival is another celebration of the many extraordinary riches the arts has to offer from national and international artists.

We've hand-picked world festival premières, award-winning shows, immersive visual arts projects, the best possible gigs for the O’Haras Festival Pavilion and a whole host of family-friendly and free events. 

Our Festival HQ returns to the beautiful Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, where audiences can immerse themselves in artistic adventures over the week-long festival.  And look out around the town for performances popping up in unexpected places!

Explore the 2018 Programme

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MUSIC

Foot-tapping, party-rocking or chilling-out... our music programme as something for every taste

explore Music

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THEATRE

World class international theatre, afternoon theatre delights, and whimsical street theatre in Carlow town...

EXPLORE theatre

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VISUAL ART

Exhibitions, installations, workshops, awards & performances... with an agricultural twist for 2018

explore Visual art

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DANCE

Energetic hip-hop crews, extra-ordinary aerial perfomancers, futuristic dance rituals and more!

EXPLORE Dance

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FILM

The Outdoor Cinema makes a welcome return, along with some home-grown film talent

Explore FILM

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FAMILY FRIENDLY

Most of our programme is suitable for everyone, but here's a selection of events that we feel younger audiences will particularly enjoy...

explore Family events

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FREE EVENTS

Over 75% of our 2018 is FREE!  

Thanks the support of our funders & sponsors

Free events

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TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT

We believe art should be accessible to all - regardless of cost - so treat yourself to a creative adventure.

PICK YOUR PRICE EVENTS

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ON THE STREETS OF CARLOW

Reaching out beyond the Festival HQ, keep an eye out for these performances popping up throughout the town.

Lets find them!

O'Hara's Festival Pavilion

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