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Terryglass Arts Festival 2015

August 201512th- 16th

TerryglassCommunity, Arts, Festivals

Terryglass Arts Festival 2015

Exciting Programme of Workshops, Heritage Boats for this year’s ‘Green’ Terryglass Arts Festival!

Terryglass Arts Festival has announced an exciting and diverse programme of workshops for this year’s festival which, takes place from Wednesday 12th- Sunday 16th August.

Featuring artists and craftspeople of both national and international renown, 70 workshops will be held over 3 days to provide a weekend bursting with fun filled entertainment for all the family.

From cupcake decorating to lantern making, Chinese calligraphy to starting your own blog, there is something for children and adults of all ages! Festival highlights include the science workshops with a focus on learning through fun experiments and robotics where children will learn how to build robots in a creative and stimulating environment.

For the more artistic there is an opportunity to explore wet-in-wet techniques in watercolour with Rose Carty, woodturning with Thomas Adlum, while Joanna Williams from Little Bigtop will show the little ones how to play with their shadows and enjoy endless hours of fun.

Special visitors to the Terryglass Arts Festival this year are the Heritage Boats who once plied their trade throughout the inland waterways of Ireland. Retired since 1959, almost all of them have been preserved as cruising vessels and some are approaching 100 years old. Terryglass Arts Festival Chairperson, Emma Pearce is delighted to welcome the Heritage Boats to this year’s festival as part of their tour of Lough Derg. “The Heritage Boats present a spectacular sight and we are expecting over 20 of them to berth in the Quay on Saturday night where they will be putting on a special light show to coincide with the fireworks display.”

A key emphasis of this year’s Terryglass Arts Festival is the ‘greening’ of the five day event with a focus on waste minimisation, reuse and recycling. Festival Chairperson Emma Pearce explains, “We have been working with the Terryglass Improvements Association and have placed a high priority on environmental factors when organising the festival programme.”

“We have a number of ticketless events, where attendees simply pay at the door. In addition online booking is available and we will accept e-tickets purchased online,” she said.

The committee have also endeavoured to re use much of the signage and decorations from previous years and have also programmed a number of workshops with a ‘green’ theme. “We have a number of workshops programmed where the focus is on re-using items that would otherwise go to waste. These include Green Furniture & Sign Design, Clockmaking, and workshops provided by Community Reuse Network Ireland as part of their “Revival Roadshow”, concluded Emma.

A Recycling Station will be located in the Village Square for attendees to recycle their waste during the festival, and there will also be an information point on responsible waste management in the village for the duration of the festival.

Tickets for all events are available to purchase now from The Derg Inn Shop, Terryglass or phone: 087-2181663 for information.

The workshops cost from €5 to €18. Entrance to visual art exhibitions is free of charge. Tickets will also be available from 27th July on-line here.

For further information please contact Terryglass Arts Festival by email at

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