Calendar

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 @ 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
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 …
8:00 pm
The People of the Hollow Hills – Recent Discoveries from Carrowkeel and the Passage Tombs of County Sligo Pádraig Meehan and Robert Hensey have been researching Sligo passage tombs for twenty years. They discuss significant …
The Factory
Jul 30 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
The Poetry of Nick Cave The Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, is best known for fronting the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. His lyrics simmer with Biblical prophecy, violence, beauty & humour. In the …
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
Jul 31 @ 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 31 @ 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 31 @ 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 31 @ 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 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

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