Terryglass Arts Festival - a hidden gem of a festival right here in Tipp

The Terryglass Arts Festival, which runs on the shores of Lough Derg from August 12th-16th, is a hidden gem of an arts festival which can be found right here in Tipperary.

The Terryglass Arts Festival, which runs on the shores of Lough Derg from August 12th-16th, is a hidden gem of an arts festival which can be found right here in Tipperary.

Indeed, the festival represents a feast of music, theatre, storytelling and children’s entertainment.

Terryglass will be familiar to boating enthusiasts as a popular stop-off on Lough Derg, but the picturesque Tipperary village also hosts a very hands-on arts festival which this year celebrates its 17th birthday.

Taking place from Wednesday, August 12th to Sunday, August 16th Terryglass Arts Festival offers an exciting programme of theatre, music performances, visual art experiences and hands on creative opportunities for all ages.

Adult events include traditional storyteller Niall de Búrca’s one-man show (Wednesday, August 12th), non-stop entertainment from ventriloquist, magician and sword swallower Jack Wise (Thursday, August 13th) and performances by singer- songwriter Paddy Casey in Terryglass Church (Friday, August 14th August).

Ireland’s Eurovision entry Molly Sterling, who hails from nearby Puckane, will also be performing at the festival on opening night Wednesday, August 12th.

The stage moves to the inside of a car for the Tipperary Youth Theatre and Fracture Youth Theatre’s production of ‘Back Seat’ (Saturday, August 15th). This unique theatrical treat invites its audience to experience their intimate show from the back seat of a car.

On Saturday, August 15th the sky will be the stage over Terryglass Quay for a spectacular piece of aerial dance theatre from artists Fidget Feet.

This will be followed by a fireworks spectacular with resident MC Today FM’s Bob Conway will be supplying the tunes as darkness descends.

Sunday is a Family Fun Day featuring an outdoor craft and food market, face painting, street performances with Fidget Feet, Little Red Riding Hood from Moon & Sixpence Puppet Theatre and much more.

There’s non-stop free musical entertainment all afternoon from the Blood Red Mountain Band followed by Cajun, Bluegrass and Rock ‘n Roll music from the award winning Irish group Two Time Polka.

The Terryglass Arts Festival has earned a reputation for its unique workshop programme and features some seventy workshops for children of all ages! New this year are robotics, science and alien slime workshops!

The visual arts also feature strongly at this year’s festival with an animated art installation ‘Nest’ from multi award-winning glass artist Michael Ray, an exhibition of watercolours on paper and oil on wood from Limerick artist Paraic Leahy and rush sculptors from local artist Gerardine Wisdom.

The workshops cost from €5 to €18. Entrance to visual art exhibitions is free of charge.

For further details and tickets to the festival events please visit www.terryglassartsfestival.ie or by phone on 087 218 1663.