Waterford's Spraoi International Street Arts Festival 2018 promises to be unbelievable

Spraoi International Street Arts Festival runs from August 3-5

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Waterford's Spraoi International Street Arts Festival 2018 promises to be unbelievable

Waterford's Spraoi International Street Arts Festival runs from August 3-5.

Waterford's Spraoi International Street Arts Festival is a hidden gem.

Unbelievably, the annual three-day extravaganza, which runs from August 3-5, offers over 250 free shows and music gigs.

Highlights will include a festival parade with dramatic floats and hundreds of performers weaving through the city’s medieval streets at night and a river-launched fireworks finale.

Streets, squares and quays of Waterford city will be home to excellent atmospheric spaces for artists and audiences. Shows will run daily from noon until dusk. Contemporary circus, street dance, comedy and food are all on the events list this August bank holiday weekend.

There will be four world premieres by Irish artists and 11 international Irish premieres. The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden, Slovenia, Canada and Spain will all be represented at Spraoi.

Titled ‘Bugs’,  the Spraoi parade will celebrate creepy-crawly creatures.The parade is a unique theatrical summer event in Ireland, taking place this year from 9:30pm on Sunday, August 5. The production will feature 223 costumed performers, floats, sound, light, effects and an original music score. The performers are from all walks of life and the production is expected to attract an estimated 30,000 people.

During Spraoi, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Spraoi co-promote SprOg Children’s Arts and Science Festival. Suitable for small children, the child-centred programme presents performances, exhibitions and practical arts and science workshops. Activities will be presented at Garter Lane Arts Centre and on the adjacent streets. 

Spraoi presents a comprehensive free music programme featuring local, national and international artists. Along with street arts and spectacle acts, audiences are offered an array of musical styles including folk, jazz, pop, rock brass, Latin, swing, soul and electronica. Performances will presented at outdoor and indoor venues.

More information on Spraoi is available here