August 2nd, 3rd, 4th 2024
Spraoi is best known for its annual Spraoi International Street Arts Festival. Spraoi is also active throughout each year as a producer of high-quality spectacle events. The company is regularly commissioned to create spectacle attractions for festivals and events throughout Ireland. During 2023 Spraoi productions were seen by large audiences in Clonmel, Cork, Dublin, Longford, and Waterford. Spraoi works successfully with arts organisations, local authorities, and private sector companies to create memorable creative experiences for audiences of all ages.
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Spraoi is delighted to introduce to you Amadán Ensemble our selected NEST / 4 Nations artists for 2024!
We look forward to working with them on the development of their new street show which will tour to four festivals in Ireland and the UK this summer.
This project includes partners in Surge Festival, Scotland , Green Man Festival, Wales, BD Festival, Bradford, England, Articulture Wales and ISACS.
With thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland for their continued support of this project.
We also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the artists who applied for this project.
Longford’s Dead of Night Festival 2023 features Spraoi in ‘Fire & Shadows’ Samhain Procession
Spraoi was delighted to contribute creatively to this year’s Dead of Night Festival in Longford. Spraoi artists Ailsa Barrie, Brian Butler, Anthony O’Brien, Bobby Phelan, and Graham Phelan worked with Longford art makers to produce elements of the town’s Fire and Shadows Samhain Procession on October 31st. An estimated audience of 5,500 spectators lined the parade route before gathering in the town’s decommissioned military barracks for a fiery finale. Spraoi’s dramatic Fox, Stag, Owl, and Crow parade floats included bespoke lighting and original soundtracks by Rob O’Connor. The festival and procession were produced by Longford County Council and led by Arts Officer Shane Crossan. The event was supported by Failte Ireland, with national facilitators Milestone Inventive. Spraoi’s touring performance was supported by The Arts Council.
The Hill @ Halloween
The Hill @ Halloween celebrated Waterford’s historic Ballybricken neighbourhood with a performance created by creative talents associated with the area. The production featured elements of music, dance, performance, light, sound, and fire. Participating artists and arts groups included: Music Generation Waterford, Sinister Valley, Mercy Secondary School Students. Barrack Street Concert Band, Damian Tubbritt, City of Waterford Brass, Lorcan Reidy, Jack Cunningham, Daniel Mernin, James Doherty, Every Event, Jack Cunningham Dancers, and Medieval Waterford Fire Performers. The project was initiated by Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership. It was co-funded by Creative Ireland Waterford and Waterford City and County Council. The Hill @ Halloween was mentored and facilitated Spraoi.
Led by Artistic Director Mike Leahy, Spraoi’s creative team devised and realised a vibrant new Samhain Procession which was performed in Waterford’s city centre on October 27th. Titled Scáthanna the production originated with themes inspired by the seven deadly sins, and it evolved to embrace Celtic Samhain tales and traditions. A talented community of performers assembled to present Scáthanna to an enthusiastic, if somewhat damp, audience of all ages. The procession led performers and audience to Waterford’s Mall where fire, light, dance and stunning music by Rob O’Connor combined to create a fantastically atmospheric finale. The procession and a programme of companion events were produced by Waterford City and County Council and co-ordinated by Arts Officer Conor Nolan. The event was supported by Failte Ireland, with national facilitators Milestone Inventive.
Spraoi International Street Arts Festival is recruiting volunteers now! We are looking for people over sixteen years of age from all backgrounds. Volunteering is an amazing way to experience Spraoi Festival from the inside. You will learn, have fun, and help to create an amazing festival. We will meet you, a fantastic new member of the Spraoi family. Please reach-out to us today. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (051)841808 (Office Hours). Plus see us on Instagram and Facebook.
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Southern Regional Assembly partners the 2023 edition of Street Talk at Spraoi International Street Arts Festival. Street Talk is a seminar featuring topics of common interest for Irish and European street arts practitioners. In addition to being a major public event, Spraoi International Street Arts Festival showcases Irish artists to international festivals.
Spraoi Festival has become something of an August Bank Holiday institution. For three days, the city devotes itself to a variety of street art and spectacle, featuring hundreds of performers, live music, and an array of new street theatre – Irish and international.
Spraoi festival is a free urban festival in beautiful Waterford in the south-east of Ireland. It attracts nearly 100,000 people and the city streets act as a stage for acts from around the world”
Over three days the city is host to a plethora of street theatre entertainment, both local and from overseas, serving up what must be the best value and one of the most inclusive festivals on the circuit, with the entertainment being free and open to all.