Imagine Arts Festival 2019 is in full swing!

Weekend of Fun in-store for the second weekend of Imagine Arts Festival 

A variety of 80 events are underway in Waterford for the 18th annual Imagine Arts Festival. 55% of the programmed events will be on offer free of charge throughout the festival which is underway at venues across Waterford City until October 27th, 2019.

We are about half way thorugfh the festival and there is still so much to enjoy of the final weekend.

Amongst the highlights is the unveiling of a retrospective exhibition of works by Rosemary Higbee plus a gigantic visual art trail. A guided tour of the municipal collection at the brand new Waterford Art Gallery with Dr Eimear O’Connor HRHA.

Literary highlights are many and the Waterford Writers Weekend is this year curated by author Cat Hogan, the rich programme offers twenty-four different events; some of the highlights include the announcement of the national Waterford Poetry Prize and Sunday Miscellany in the Theatre Royal. A conversation with authors Sheila O’ Flanagan, Ciara Geraghty and Melissa Hill, a reading with Willie Vlautin, a chat between crime writers Andrea Carter and Jo Spain. Sunday Brunch with Jim and Megan Nolan and a conversation with Ian Maleney.

Comedy will also headline at this year’s festival with stand up legend Kevin McAleer of Derry Girls Fame as he brings his new show ‘Guru’ to St Patricks Gateway.

Renowned for its rich musical programme, this year’s Imagine Arts Festival features an impressive schedule including a cabaret show on the life of ‘The Whistling Girl’ by Honor Heffernan and composer Trevor Knight and tells the story of wise-cracking poet, journalist, and civil rights campaigner Dorothy Parker. A gig with 2018 Single of the Year winner Kitt Philippa with support from Laura Duff and a City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra concert plus more. A ‘Choons and Tales’ Trail is also on offer at city pub venues throughout the festival.

Family fun is on offer with Spraoi’s Wicked Woods and Waterford Youth Arts present Horrible Histories, unique walking tours of Waterford City led by candlelight with a depth of interesting characters to be met along the way.

A host of theatre and dance productions are on offer including a 24 Hours to Dance event which will be held at the Waterford Distillery tonight. ‘A Modern Day Parable’ will be presented by Outcast Theatre, ‘Madhouse’ will be showcased at the Theatre Royal a production written by Una Hackett and PJ Gallagher, starring Katherine Lynch and Shane O’Reilly.

The annual 'Booze, Blaas and Banter’ event celebrating the City’s Quayside and maritime heritage will also offer lots of interesting chats and craic including a special tribute to Waterford poet and writer Sean Dunne by his friend and fellow poet Thomas McCarthy.

Sunday Miscellany will also be hosted at the Theatre Royal this Saturday morning.

Join in the fun this October in Waterford from the 18th to 27th – by visiting