Calendar

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 @ 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 …
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
Studio Workshops for Children | Theatre Practitioners in their respective fields lead four workshops for 9-12 year-olds over four days. Day 2 Tuesday 30 July Sandra O Malley | Theatre | The Factory Studio   …
The Factory Studio
Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2:00 pm
Walk with Billy Fitzgerald Meet at Slish Wood Car Park Walk Duration: 2 hours All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers participate at their own risk. Wear suitable walking …
Jul 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
Studio Workshops for Children | Song | Bodhran Practitioners in their respective fields lead four workshops for 9-12 year-olds over four days. Day 3 Wednesday 31 July Cathy Jordan | Song/Bhodran | The Factory Studio …
The Factory Studio
Jul 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
Walk with Beatrice McDonald Meet at Hazelwood car park Walk Duration: 2 hours All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers participate at their own risk. Wear suitable walking apparel. …
Hazelwood
1:00 pm
Trad@Lunch  Shane McGowan and David Munnelly Shane McGowan comes from a well-known musical family in South Sligo. He has guested and toured with the likes of Lunasa, Zakir Hussain and Dolores Keane. David Munnelly from Mayo is widely …
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
Studio Workshops for Children | Clay Practitioners in their respective fields lead four workshops for 9-12 year-olds over four days. Day 4 Thursday 1 August Bettina Seitz | Clay Modelling | The Factory Yard Visual …
The Factory Yard
11:00 am
Walk with Dr Prannie Rhatigan Meet Streedagh Beach 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 responsibility. …
Streedagh Beach
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 3 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am
Walk with Ann Gilligan & Olivia Ward Meet Mill Road/Beach, Mainland side of causeway Walk Duration 5 hours Bring snacks & water All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers …
Coney Island

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