Thursday 19th – Sunday 29th July 2018
Tread Softly… the Summer festival returns with a programme of events inspired by the work of the Yeats brothers, Jack and William, and the landscape and stories that inspired them in County Sligo.
From July 19th – 29th, audiences can experience all that Tread Softly has to offer in venues across Sligo county. With a host of exhibitions including An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by Invited Artists at The Hamilton Gallery and Yeats: Portrait of a Family at The Model Arts Centre, there is plenty to excite visually. For theatre lovers there are several exciting productions presented this year. Lunchtime favourite Easy Aces is back at the Hawkswell Theatre while Blue Raincoat Theatre Company present an outdoor performance at dusk of Yeats’ Purgatory at Hazelwood House.
This year sees the launch of a new free literary broadsheet The Cormorant with new writing from both established and emerging writers including Kevin Barry, Molly McCloskey and Eoin McNamee. The Yeats International Summer School returns, a key feature of the Festival year on year, incorporating a daily series of lectures, seminars and social events over an extended 10 days. A programme highlight this year is the launch of Collected Poems a posthumous work from Dermot Healy.
A series of guided walks by informed and charismatic locals give insight into historic Sligo locations such as Carrowkeel and Rosses Point while Sligo Dreams Project, a collaboration with Sligo IT invites key speakers from a broad range of backgrounds from architects to archeologists to talk about their dreams for the Sligo Landscape.
The seventh Tread Softly… festival is programmed in partnership with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model and Sligo County Council in conjunction with the 59th International Yeats Summer School.
SELECTED PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS:
At the Hamilton Gallery – Lull, a new body of work by artist Hazel Egan, Entropy a series of work by Noel Tighe and An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by Invited Artists
At Ballymote Library – Steve Wickham presents Geronimo. The Waterboys musician chronicles the story and music of his much loved but ill-fated Geronimo Grandini violin.
At The Model – Yeats: Portrait of a Family, an intimate insight into the Yeats Family through the portraits of John Butler Yeats and a selection of other artists and Cairde Visual, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission exhibition.
At the Factory Performance Space: Walking Birds’ Mountain, an exhibition presenting the visual, vocal and written responses by a group of artists and writers following a trek across Ballygawley Mountains with archaeological writer and folklorist Padraig Meehan
Purgatory: performed by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company – a family history played out by an old man and his son with tragic consequences in front of the old man’s mother’s family home.
Easy Aces: The Hawk’s Well presents theatre episodes of the old-time radio sitcom favourite Easy Aces.
LITERATURE & TALKS
The Cornorant, A Broadsheet of Sligo Writing with new writing from both established and emerging writers including Kevin Barry, Molly McCloskey and Eoin McNamee; a creative writing workshop The Act of Creation with John MacKenna; reading and poetry with Leontia Flynn, One Hundred Years of Women’s Suffrage, The Summer School Salon at The Methodist Church, Bird Reign with Amabel Clarke and Sinead Nic Gearlait at Ballymote Library; readings by Niall Williams: The History of Rain and Mike McCormack: Solar Bones.
The 59th Yeats International Summer School features the launch of Collected Poems a posthumous work from Dermot Healy as part of its diverse and immersive programme whilst
Sligo Dreams Project, a collaboration with Sligo IT invites key speakers from a broad range of backgrounds to share their own dreams for changes to sustain and enhance future life for all in Sligo.
A selection of guided walks around the beautiful landscape that inspired Yeats taking in iconic sights including Sally Gardens, Carrowkeel and Rosses Point. Listen to local stories of the area and fascinating accounts by colourful locals experts.
For more information and programme details see www.treadsoftly.ie