Calendar

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
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 @ 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 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
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
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm
6:00 pm
The Cormorant A Broadsheet of Prose & Poetry The Cormorant publishes work from both established and emerging writers. Launched during Tread Softly 2018, The Cormorant is now in its third issue and will have published over …
The Factory
8:00 pm
Arán & Im: Manchán Magan Manchán Magan bakes sourdough bread for 70 minutes while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language – exploring potent words of landscape, terms of intuition and insight, and the …
Hawk's Well Theatre
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
Aug 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
2:30 pm
Interactive Stories for Children – Balor of the Evil Eye Inspired by the stories of old – two days of imagining.  Artist Dympna Cunningham and Storyteller / Artist Wayne O Connor work together guiding children into a creative …
Sligo Library
8:00 pm
Arán & Im: Manchán Magan Manchán Magan bakes sourdough bread for 70 minutes while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language – exploring potent words of landscape, terms of intuition and insight, and the …
Hawk's Well Theatre
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 …

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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