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Wednesday 23 October 2019

FESTIVAL AND FRINGE TO START WITH A BANG

TWO WEEKS OF OPERA AND FRINGE

CONOR CULLEN

WEXFORD Opera Festival opens in spectacular style on Friday night with a celebration on the quay, followed by a fireworks display.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be in town to officially launch the 60th Wexford Opera Festival at 7 p.m., with the fireworks display set to begin at 7.30 p.m.

The entertainment on the quayfront begins at 4.30 p.m. and there number of great acts set to entertain the huge crowd expected to gather for the occasion, including Cork City Ballet, Oyster Lane Theatre Group and Extreme Rhythm.

Of course, the operas themselves also get underway at Wexford Opera House, with La Cour de Célimène beginning at 8 p.m.

Maria follows on Saturday night and Gianni di Parigi on Sunday, with the three operas running until the close of the festival on Saturday, November 5.

The festival is expected to bring an economic boost in the region of €8 million – and 20,000 visitors – to the area over the course of its 16 days.

Ticket sales have been going well for the main events, and almost 40 per cent of them are being sold to people outside of Ireland.

Friday night also marks the launch of the Wexford Fringe Festival, which sees over 250 events taking place in tandem with the Opera Festival. ' This festival delivers the very best of Irish and international cultural experiences and it really offers something for all tastes and generations,' said Wexford festival fringe co-ordinator

Orla Nolan.

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