300 events in 17 days at this year's Fringe

David Tucker

April Dowdall and Patrick O’Connor at Curracloe Beach to launch details of the 17-day 61st Wexford Festival Fringe, which includes more than 300 events.
April Dowdall and Patrick O’Connor at Curracloe Beach to launch details of the 17-day 61st Wexford Festival Fringe, which includes more than 300 events.

THE WEXFORD Fringe Festival takes place from October 18 to November 3, with the town almost given over in its entirety to more than 300 events staged in pop-up venues as well as established sites such as theatres, hotels, art galleries, cafés and civic buildings.

THE WEXFORD Fringe Festival takes place from October 18 to November 3, with the town almost given over in its entirety to more than 300 events staged in pop-up venues as well as established sites such as theatres, hotels, art galleries, cafés and civic buildings.

Artists from around Ireland and further afield participate beside home-grown talent in forms spanning music, film, comedy, cabaret, theatre, dance, circus, puppetry, guided walks and visual art, with many of these events free to attend.

The festival runs parallel to the 62nd annual world famous Wexford Festival Opera, running from October 23 to November 3.

Wexford Festival Opera officially opens with a giant free fireworks display, which will light up the Wexford Quayside on October 23 at 7pm.

Wexford man and international best selling author Eoin Colfer will be on hand to officially open the ceremony.

The Fringe highlights include a debut performance at the festival from Republic of Telly's Bernard O'Shea on October 18. The RTÉ funny man will perform in the Wexford Arts Centre for one night only. Anyone who has seen Bernard at The Cat Laughs in Kilkenny knows this is a performance not to be missed.

Wexford's own Larry Kirwan will perform a welcome home concert supported by The Gathering on October 19. Larry is an expatriate Irish writer and musician, best known as lead singer for New York-based Irish rock band 'Black 47'.

For over 50 years the Guinness Singing & Swinging Pubs Competition has been an integral part of the Fringe Festival, with this year being no different. The contest involves most of Wexford's pubs and bars and provides a stage for many of the area's most talented singers, comedians and musicians as well as visiting opera singers.

For younger members of the family at the Wexford Fringe there is a variety of fun filled activities on offer including carnival adventures with Lego, dance workshops, ghost tours with Wexford Walking Tours, an art club, Wexford Model Railway Club's annual exhibition and more.

For full programme details of the Wexford Fringe Fest see visitwexford.ie.

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