Carlow Arts Festival returns in 2021 with a hybrid model of live, digital and participatory experiences – working closely with the local community, national & international partners.

The festival will be spread over 10 days (4-13 June) to accommodate people over a longer period of time and a wider variety of sites – including the landmark Braun site in Carlow Town.

The full 2021 programme (to be announced in full in the Spring) will include exciting large scale events at the Braun site working with architect Emma Geogheghan and featuring dance and film with Emma Martin and Luca Trufarelli; a continued focus on outdoor circus and spectacle with Spraoí & Tumble Circus; an expansion of our Digital strand to include more bespoke VR work by Irish artists; and a large scale, high-profile visual art commission (which will be announced early in the new year)

Our Values

Carlow Arts Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival which takes place in Carlow and is the first of the summer arts festivals in Ireland. 

  • We choose transformative art, diverse perspectives and inclusion for all in the act of discovery. 
  • We embrace the world of virtuosic artists to resonate, inspire and collaborate with our community. 
  • We champion accessibility while introducing our audiences to new art forms and cutting edge work. 
  • We create a vibrant temporary community that opens up horizons: creating space for discovery, delight and disruption. 
  • We insist that the arts are for everyone.

Our Values are Inclusion, Audacity, Fun, Passion and Preparedness.

Our Place is Carlow.

These values shape and define Carlow Arts Festival as it is today and as it will be in the future. We will hold these values close in informing how we shape the future of the festival in the significantly changed environment post Covid-19. 

The Team