Calendar

Jul 27 @ 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
Jul 27 @ 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 27 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
10:45 am
Peace Park Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi Part of a series of three workshops held over one day exploring mind and body in the outdoors. 10:45am | Igenyar Yoga with Fionnuala O’Hehir Weather dependent. Wear comfortable, …
Sligo Peace Park
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
11:00 am
Free Guided Walking Tour of Sligo Town Mondays to Saturdays from the Tourist Information Centre. Departs 11am. Returns 1pm. Free. Sligo Dark Tales Walking Tours Fridays and Saturdays 7pm-8.30pm. €12 Sligo Food Tours Saturdays 2pm-5.30pm. …
Sligo Tourist Information Office
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
Peace Park Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi Part of a series of three workshops held over one day exploring mind and body in the outdoors. 12 noon | Wu Style (Short Form) Moving Meditation Tai Chi …
Sligo Peace Park
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
Onur Türkmen & Yurodny Ensemble  – Sailing to Byzantium Sailing to Byzantium is a very special performance created especially for The Model on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of The Niland Collection. It is a …
The Model
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

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