Something for all at Wexford Arts Centre
MAGIC, PUPPETS, music, theatre and stunning artwork are among the festival highlights at Wexford Arts Centre.
The Korean American puppet company Thingumajg will present two shows The Secret of the Sock Catcher for children over three and A November Day for older kids as a pre-festival warm up on Wednesday, October 19.
The award-winning saxophonist will team up with the acclaimed American guitarist Jake Hertzog for an evening of jaxx and funk fusion on Thursday, October 20.
Another jazz/funk pop night is in store on Thursday, November 3 with Palooka, a eclectic mix of Australian, UK, Norwegian and Irish musicians who have performed with Phil Collins and Kylie Minogue.
A must see is Silen, an awardwinning and globally acclaimed production by Fishamble Theatre Company featuring a striking performance by Pat Kinevane as a homeless person diving into his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino.
The Arts Centre welcomes back Wexford Drama Group who will entertain with three short plays - Riders to the Sea, Ghost Night and Bar and Ger from Tuesday, October 25 to Sunday, October 30.
An Afternoon of Russian Fairytale will take the form of a free film and a talk in which Wexford resident David Rowe will host a panel discussion on long lost cousin Alexander Arturovitch Rowe who became a famous Russian film director of fairytales. Visiting Russian actor Sergei Nikolaev will take part in the talk.
Children will enjoy being spooked by the Halloween Grotto on Saturday, October 29 at 2.30 p.m. and also The Arrow of Time, an afternoon of magic with Shane Gillen on Saturday, November 5 at 2.30 p.m.
The Arts Centre will welcome Broadway glamour on Saturday, November 5 at 8.30 p.m. with Somewhere Under the Rainbow - The Liza Minelli story featuring Sharon Sexton who won the Eva Gore Booth Best Female Award for her performance.
An evening of traditional music hosted by Niall Wall and featuring Rita Gallagher, Brigit Delaney and Paddy Berry will take place on Tuesday, November 1.
Into the Greenwood, a session of stories and music by the Tall Tale Troubadors will entertain on Wednesday, November 2 at 8 p.m.
No fringe festival would be complete without the Late Night Caca Milis Grand Samhain Masked Cabaret on Saturday, October 29 at 11 p.m. hosted by Helena Mulkerns and Cyril Murphy, ringing in the Celtic New Year in style.
On the visual art front, the highlight exhibition will be devoted to the impressive work of the US based artist Colin Thompson.
His show of beautiful drawings and abstract paintings is supported by the American Embassy.
Wexford based artist Kate Murphy has an intriguing mixed media exhibition in store for art lovers entitled 'The Good Room'.
The Little Artists Club will continue on Saturdays for children from four upwards with themes of enchanted castles forests and magical castles.
D'Lush Cafe will host an exhibition of new work by Eamonn Doran Junior.
And don't forget to pop next door to the Arts Centre Annexe on John's Gate Street for an exhibition by Mary WEallace and Gilly Thomas featuring mixed media and sculpture.
Wexford Arts Centre will be open until 8 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Sunday during the festival.