Spraoi International Street Arts Festival normally runs over three days on the first weekend of August in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. The festival presents approximately two hundred free street theatre, dance, spectacle, contemporary circus and music shows. Artists from around the world perform and it is Ireland’s premiere street arts event.
Founded in 1993, The Spraoi Festival showcases the best of national and international street arts the centrepiece of which is The Spraoi Parade. The Parade has become one of the biggest events of its kind in lreland, involving over 250 participants. The festival attracts audiences in excess of 80,000 people to the city for the August Bank Holiday weekend and is now better known locally as “The Spraoi Weekend”
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Spraoi’s policy, over the last number of years, of supporting and developing new Irish work, through the NEST initiative, and emphasising on presenting Irish premieres at Spraoi has helped to assist the burgeoning of the street arts sector in Ireland.
Spraoi is the largest arts festival in Ireland and the globally-recognised event celebrates people and culture while showcasing the cultural diversity and vibrant energy of Ireland’s oldest city.
Spraoi still hopes to create a series of street installations in city centre locations that we hope will bring some colour and joy as you shop, dine and enjoy the streets of Ireland’s oldest city.More info
The Spraoi Parade harnesses community creativity, bringing together professional artists and voluntary arts activists to unleash imaginative energy and cultural celebration on the streets of Waterford’s medieval city.
See you riverside after The Parade on Sunday August 6th!