Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Cairde Visual The Model presents Cairde Visual, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s sixth annual open submission exhibition. Building on two years of successful partnership with The Model, this dynamic show features work from both Irish and …
The Model
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen – Invited Artists Exhibition ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen’ is the 2019 Annual Invited Artists exhibition of small works curated by Hamilton Gallery, Sligo.  Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen’ is a poem in six …
Hamilton Gallery & Hyde Bridge Gallery
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Tidal by Tina Brooks  (Winner of the Cairde Visual Hamilton Gallery Award) Brooks’ paintings are based on observations of Strandhill peninsula and its weather. Using a method of laying down and scraping off paint, each layer …
Hamilton Gallery
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Walking Birds’ Mountain took place last year over one week. A group of visual artists and writers trekked across the Ballygawley Mountains with archaeological writer and folklorist Pádraig Meehan, explorating Sliabh Dá Eán, the ‘hill of …
The Nest
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
11:00 am
Free Guided Walking Tour of Sligo Town Mondays to Saturdays from the Tourist Information Centre. Departs 11am. Returns 1pm. Free. Yeats Spectacular Tour Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.30am-2.30pm. €30/15 U12’s. Sligo Dark Tales Walking Tours …
Sligo Tourist Information Office
11:00 am
Walk with Ann Joyce (poet and writer) & Willie Murphy (Sligo-Bay RNLI).   Meet at Harry’s Bar Walk Duration: 2 hours All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers participate …
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm
1:00 pm
Gallery Tours Niland Collection; To Have and To Hold Tuesday 30 July- Friday 2 Aug at 1pm
The Model
Aug 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
2:30 pm
Interactive Stories for Children – The Sidhe Inspired by the stories of old – two days of imagining.  Artist Dympna Cunningham and Storyteller / Artist Wayne O Connor work together guiding children into a creative art session …
Sligo Library
5:00 pm
Walking Birds’ Mountain II Now in its second year, Walking Birds’ Mountain will take place over the course of one week. A group of visual artists and writers will trek across the Ballygawley Mountains with archaeological writer …
The Factory
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
Muldoon’s Picnic Presented by the Hawk’s Well Theatre in association with the Yeats Society Sligo. An omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose fiction and music, Muldoon’s Picnic is a cabaret-style evening hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul …
Hawk's Well Theatre
9:00 pm
Sligo Dreams Project Exhibition Sligo schoolchildren’s creative expression of their dreams for the future landscape of Sligo.
City Hall
Aug 3 – Aug 2 all-day
12:00 am
InYeats’ play On Baile’s Strand, Cúchulainn gifts the ‘Young man’ a cloak given to him by Mannanán mac Lir.  The cloak, woven by his daughters,  the ‘Nine Queens from a Country Under Wave’, served as a peace offering to the young …
Nine Beaches

Welcome to Tread Softly

Welcome to the eighth Tread Softly festival, running from 25th July to 3rd August. This year’s programme of events is inspired by the landscape of County Sligo and the myths, stories and people associated with it.

Our highlights this year are Walking Birds’ Mountain II, an exhibition of the second collaboration between 13 visual and literary artists responding to the myths associated with Sliabh Dá Eán on the shores of Lough Gill. A major staged work by the Turkish composer Onur Turkman for the Irish Yurodny Ensemble presented by the Model. The Nine Queens, derived from a line in Yeats’ play On Baile’s Strand; nine sculptors will work with community groups at beaches along the coastline of County Sligo to create a series of sand sculptures representing the daughters of Manannán mac Lír,  sea god of Irish mythology. Muldoon’s Picnic, an evening of poetry and prose hosted by poet Paul Muldoon, presented by the Hawk’s Well theatre in association with the Sligo Yeats Society. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen, the annual invited artists exhibition of small works curated by the Hamilton Gallery. And the launch of the third edition of the literary broadsheet, The Cormorant.

Other features of the programme are To the Waters and the Wild a series of guided walks through the Sligo landscape; The People of the Hollow Hills, a talk on recent findings at Carrowkeel by archaeologists Robert Hensey and Pádraig Meehan; and The Bare Hazel a new Tread Softly arts participation programme including ‘Maugharow is a wilder place’ and ‘The Battle of the Books ‘curated by Sean Golden and Niamh McCabe respectively.

Tread Softly wishes to congratulate the Sligo Yeats Society on the 60th anniversary of the Yeats International Summer School, by whose kind permission their programme is also included in this booklet.

To download the Tread Softly programme please click here.

Bog Cotton by Rebecca Jobson