Jul 28 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
10:30 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
Jul 28 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
10:30 am
The Niland Collection; To Have and to Hold  This very special exhibition celebrates 60 years of The Niland Collection and features works by Jack Butler Yeats, Paul Henry, Norah McGuinness, Sean McSweeney, Dorothy Cross, Mainie …
The Model
Jul 28 @ 11:30 am
11:30 am
Family Day Special On the occasion of Tread Softly Festival, The Model brings to you a unique family day. Have fun with a combination of arts, crafts and outdoor games in a colourful day for …
The Model
Jul 28 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
1:30 pm
The Rose of Innisfree Tourboat departs Doorly Park (new Jetty) daily at 1.30pm (3hrs) From Parke’s Castle at 12.30pm and 3.30pm (2 hrs) daily for €20/10 U12’s.   Sligo Tourist Office Bookings and further information …
Sligo Tourist Information Office
Jul 29 @ 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
Jul 29 @ 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
Jul 29 @ 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
10:30 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. The Rose of Innisfree Tourboat …
Sligo Tourist Information Office
Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
Studio Workshops for Children | Creative Dance Practitioners in their respective fields lead four workshops for 9-12 year-olds over four days. Day 1 Monday 29 July  Kate Wilson | Creative Dance | The Factory Studio …
The Factory Studio
11:00 am
Walk with Rosaleen O’Grady Meet outside Centra, Maugherboy Walk Duration: 3 hours All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers participate at their own risk. Tread Softly accepts no responsibility. …
Jul 29 @ 3:00 pm
3:00 pm
Sligo Dreams Project Event and Exhibition The scope of our dreams is limitless. Four people from diverse backgrounds, have been asked what would they wish for Sligo if they had unlimited support?    Kevin Connolly(Writer), Eimear …
City Hall
Jul 29 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
4:30 pm
Walk with Martin Enright Meet Slish Wood car park Walk Duration: 2.5 hours All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers participate at their own risk. Tread Softly accepts no …
9:00 pm
Sligo Dreams Project Exhibition Sligo schoolchildren’s creative expression of their dreams for the future landscape of Sligo.
City Hall

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.

Maugherow, a Much Wilder Place

Maugherow, a Much Wilder Place is an arts participation event with a series of written, visual and musical responses to the landscape, commemorating the place Maugherow.

To download a copy of the book, Maugherow, a much wilder place, please click here.

Devised by Sean Golden, writers worked with groups of artists from both professional and community backgrounds from County Sligo to create music and song, written word and spoken, images captured by neighbours of Maugherow and environs responding to the land- and sea- and skyscapes that shape the community.

As part of Tread Softly, the Bare Hazel is a new arts participation project launched with the kind support of Creative Ireland.

First a bespoke multimedia happening in Ellen’s Pub for Tread Softly 2019, now a Book Launch in Ellen’s Pub, Friday 10 January 2020 at 7pm. Please click here for more information.

Cloonagh III
Paul Colreavy

Bog Cotton by Rebecca Jobson