Calendar

Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm
10:00 am
Children’s Yoga and Creative Art Camp Join Ana Faye (Creative Art Camps) and Louise Waters (Natural Therapies) in exploring and encouraging children’s creativity through art and yoga. Children will enjoy a nurturing, supportive and non-competitive, …
The Model
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
1:00 pm
Trad@Lunch Theresa O’Grady, Declan Payne and Catherine McHugh Theresa O’Grady is regarded as one of the finest banjo players in the country. She released her debut solo album Banjo’ista, last year, to wide acclaim. Tubbercurry native, Declan Payne is an …
Hawk's Well Theatre
6:00 pm
The Battle Of The Battle Of The Book; nine stories in search of an ear. The Sandy Field Writers present a soundscape based on the legendary Sligo battle at Cúl Dreimhne, near present-day Drumcliff. Instigated …
The Factory
Jul 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
9:30 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. 9:30am | Meditation with Ven Lobsang Tobgyae Weather dependent. Wear comfortable, …
Sligo Peace Park
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 @ 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 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 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 @ 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 …

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.

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