Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Lull, by Dublin-based artist Hazel Egan is primarily concerned with drawing. Egan’s practice addresses spatial and ontological concerns and is influenced by science, architecture and philosopy. Demonstrating a quiet and meditative aesthetic, the series of …
Hamilton Gallery
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
This exhibition presents an intimate look at the Yeats Family through the portraits of John Butler Yeats and a selection of other artists. The show features a considerable body of work newly added to The …
The Model
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Since 2015 and the Yeats 150 celebrations Hamilton Gallery has sought to engage with visual artists nationally with our annual small works exhibition. Each exhibition is themed around reinterpretation by visual artists of progressive and …
Hamilton Gallery
3:00 pm
Yeats Walking Tour: The story of Yeats in Sligo town Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here
Meet at Yeats Building
10:00 pm
  Featuring the work of New York poet Delmore Schwartz, teacher of Lou Reed, and the music of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground as well as some Yeatsian music. Schwartz listed W.B Yeats as one of his primary …
Tricky McGarrigles
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
The Model presents Cairde Visual, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission exhibition. Building on the success of 2017’s successful partnership with The Model, this show will feature work from both Irish and international …
The Model
Jul 19 – Jul 29 all-day
12:00 am
Enniscrone Library invites you to enjoy the beautiful Enniscrone Coastal Walk while reading pages of a picture book displayed along the walk. Reading becomes a fun outdoors adventure for all of the family where storybooks …
Enniscrone Library
12:00 am
Enniskillen’s Happy Days and Sligo’s Tread Softly festivals come together for a cross-border collaboration celebrating the work of two great Irish Nobel Laureates: Samuel Beckett and WB Yeats. For a whole month, travellers heading down from Northern Ireland into …
Enniskillen Sligo Border
Jul 19 @ 9:30 am – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm
9:30 am
Waterboys musician Steve Wickham chronicles the story of his much loved but ill-fated Geronimo Grandini violin. This is a piece about loss. The loss of Steve’s beloved violin in an installation with bespoke film and …
Ballymote Library
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
11:00 am
Sligo County Museum Guided Tours Museum Opening Times:  Tues-Sat 9:30am-12:30pm & 2-4pm The museum can accommodate up to 20 visitors and is wheelchair accessible.
Sligo County Museum
11:00 am
Including Yeatsian points of interest. Tourist Office Tours – Booking Essential on all tours except free walking tours. All bookings, and further information, can be made through the Sligo Tourist Information Office on O’Connell St., …
Pick up & return Sligo Tourist Information Office
Jul 19 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
1:10 pm
As part of a new Trad@lunch series, the JP Trio perform together in the theatre foyer. Trad@lunch is the Hawk’s Well Theatre’s new summer series of traditional music sessions taking place in the theatre foyer …
Hawk’s Well Theatre


Welcome to this, the seventh Tread Softly festival. This is a programme of events inspired by the work of the Yeats brothers, Jack and William, and the landscape and stories that inspired them in County Sligo.

Highlights of this year’s programme include the launch of a new free literary broadsheet The Cormorant; an outdoor production at Hazelwood House of Yeats’ last play Purgatory by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company; Walking Birds’ Mountain, a collaboration between 13 visual and literary artists responding to the myths associated with Da En on the shores of Lough Gill; songwriter Johnny Duhan performing at Hawk’s Well Theatre; newly added portraits Yeats; A Portrait of a Family to the Model’s collection; and invited artists responding to WB Yeats’ poem An Irish Airman Foresees His Death at Hamilton Gallery.
Also included here is the programme from the Yeats International Summer School that features recent winner of the International Dublin Literary Award, Mike McCormack; the posthumous launch of Dermot Healy’s Collected Poems; Leontia Flynn reading; and a play and discussion on One Hundred Years of Suffrage. Other features are To the Waters and the Wild, a series of guided walks throughout the county.
We are also pleased to announce collaborations between the Beckett Festival in Enniskillen and also the Heaney Centre in Bellaghy, Derry. The first of these collaborations sees Three Billboards (or more) a cross border collaboration featuring the works of WB Yeats and Samuel Beckett.
We hope there is something here for you and your family to enjoy!

Tread Softly…Team

The seventh Tread Softly… festival is programmed in partnership with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model, and Sligo County Council in conjunction with the 59th International Yeats Summer School.

Acknowledgement. Thank you to all our sponsors.

in association with Sligo County Council , Fáilte Ireland, and The Wild Atlantic Way.
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