Welcome to the 2006 Festival
The Iniscealtra Festival of Arts is an annual festival held at various
locations in and around the beautiful lakeside village of Mountshannon
in County Clare.
The festival has been going from strength to strength and is now in its
tenth year. Each year a theme is chosen which all of the varied events
reflect, and this year the theme is Fire.
The Festival is produced in association with Mountshannon Community Council,
An Comhairle Ealaíon/Arts Council, and Clare County Council.
Programme of Events
Our 2006 programme is now online - you can view the full programme here,
or you can select from the links below to view events of a specific category.
Highlights include a concert by The Gypsy Jazz Quartet, an open air concert
featuring Gerry O'Connor and friends, a traditional concert with The Boys
of the Lough, and a ceílí with the Kilfenora Ceílí
Band. There is also informal music sessions in pubs throughout the festival.
The 'youth fire group' Piratechnics will stage a spectacular display using
fireworks, light and sound in Mountshannon Harbour. There is also an interactive
childrens puppet show by Yourmans Puppets.
This year's film, entitled Gadjo dilo, features a fantastic musical soundtrack
and powerful images of an extraordinary culture by director Tony Gatlif.
There are a number of exciting art exhibitions open throughout the festival.
There is a lecture by Catherine Marshall, head curator at IMMA, and adult
art classes run by artists Jane Seymour and Nicola Henley working with
clay, oil, pastel and watercolour.
Highlights include exhibitions of work on loan from The Irish Museum of
Modern Art (IMMA), contemporary work by artists from Mountshannon and
the surrounding area based on the theme of fire, photographs by festival
photographer Jimmy Grady, and an Art-Trail through Scariff.
Talks & Lectures
The festival opening event is hosted by Eanna Rowe, Waterways Ireland,
Catherine Marshall from IMMA will give an art lecture, and Siobhan Mulcahy,
Clare Arts Officer, opens the exhibition of Contemporary Art from the
Classes & Workshops
Highlights include a singing workshop by Archie Simpson (founder of The
Lismorahaun Singers) with singer Kate Daly, and based on the teachings
of Eduado Asquez, traditional music classes led by Seamus Bugler, Hugh
Healy, Eamonn Cotter, and Gerry O'Connor, and a set dance workshop by
Many of the festival events are suitable for children and include an interactive
childrens puppet show, a fire/sound/light performance, traditional music
classes, and a children's art exhibition.
There is an open air concert, and a number of festival walks.