The Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival can play a vital part in the growth of tourism in Donegal, council chairman John Campbell told the audience at the festival’s official opening last week.
He was speaking at the Abbey Arts Centre in Ballyshannon last Saturday night, where he also opened award-winning artist Ann Quinn’s solo exhibition ‘Skies Enveloping Everything, and Places ‘.
Cllr. Campbell said: “This is a particularly exciting time for the festival as it plays its part in assisting the continuing development of the tourism sector in the county, by adding a significant cultural offering to the Wild Atlantic Way, and supporting the food sector by working closely with Donegal County Council’s Local Enterprise Office in the promotion of the innovative Donegal Food Coast initiative.”
The well-attended opening also featured a wonderful performance from the Donegal Youth Choir.
As always, the Abbey Arts Centre is playing host to a number of exciting events during the festival, including last night’s presentation of Frank Pig Says Hello, and the very popular return of RTÉ Radio 1 ‘Sunday Miscellany’ recording sessions this Sunday.
Tonight, choose from the Balor Rep’s WWI drama Remembrances in Pettigo, The Henry Girls in Dunkineely, Ulster Theatre Rep’s Dracula in Ballybofey and the surf-themed Bundoran Waves exhibition and screenings.
Friday night sees the start of a Donegal Drama Circle’s three-night run of John B. Keane’s Moll, while Frank Pig Says Hello in Glenties, Little John Nee and the Highly Strung Caledonia Orchestra in Kilcar and the start of the Donegal Fiddlers Gathering weekend in Glenties.
The weekend continues with some truly spectacular offerings on Saturday at the Wild Atlantic Way Carnival Parde in Ballyshannnon as well as Douglas Lawrence and Nigel Bouiller at the Fiddlers Gathering in Glenties.
On Sunday, the festival looks set to end on the highest of notes, with Sunday Miscellany at the Abbey Arts Centre, Remembrances in Glencolmcille, the final night of Moll in Donegal Town and the Fiddlers Gathering Closing Concert with Fiona Maria Fitzpatrick and Eve Belle in Ardara.
See pages 29-31 for more coverage of this great festival.
Full programme information on www.donegalcoco.ie.