Making the Case for The Arts …..

Promoting a culture of creativity, collaboration and community 

Fermanagh Live Arts Festival for 2017 promises to be a truly creative and engaging family affair, building upon the successes of previous years and the ongoing commitment, creativity and imagination of an experienced team of volunteers, artists, educators and creatives. All dedicated to ensuring this year’s programme is diverse, dynamic and all-inclusive. Fermanagh has much to offer, the landscape, the waterways, the history, heritage and well as the talents and creativity of the people”. Come on board what promises to be a journey of creativity, curiosity, imagination and self-expression during this year’s Fermanagh Lives Arts Festival 2017. Oct 4th to Oct 8th.Celebrating creativity on and off the Island Town and the stunning Waterways

Noelle Mc Alinden chair of FLIVE 2017

“We are keen to celebrate the successes and talents of the many creative and talented artists and performers from this region and will be launching the complete programme for Fermanagh Live Arts Festival shortly.“

Noelle, an artist, arts activist and arts educationalist, is passionate about the Arts and is excited about building on previous success of Fermanagh Live Arts Festival, now in its 10th year. 

“I am delighted and privileged to be this year’s chair, with a dedicated team of highly experienced and talented volunteers, artists and educationalists, who continue to recognise the ongoing benefits of the Arts and Culture to our general health and well-being, the educational benefits, as well as the contribution to cultural tourism and local economy. The impact upon supporting community spirit can never be underestimated.  We want to continue to celebrate and showcase the cultural assets and the talent of this unique county and Island town, the people and this place. We want to provide a platform for both emerging as well as internationally renowned artists. We want to support our educationalists and artists celebrate and promote creativity within and outside the curriculum and promote opportunities to support creative pathways to learning, growing and thriving. We want to continue to celebrate creativity on and off our waterways, encourage new and existing audiences to participate in a range of art forms. Now more than ever before we need to be creative, resourceful and resilient in today’s society, recognise, respect and celebrate our own and each other’s creativity and culture.”

“We are delighted to welcome home artists who continue to push boundaries and excel in creative and cultural pursuits. This Year’s Festival proves to be no exception. A Masterpiece in the making. Welcoming home the prolific actor and author Ciaran Mc Menamin, to his hometown to provide insights into his craft as an acclaimed actor of stage and screen and his latest plans following the success as an author. Audiences will have an opportunity to hear Ciaran read site specific extracts from his novel Skin Town and glean insights from his role in the much acclaimed Film Jump.”

Noelle Mc Alinden

Chair Fermanagh Live Arts Festival 2017 

“The arts are increasingly overlooked in society as an integral part of what we say and who we are. In Northern Ireland particularly, arts budgets have been slashed significantly. In this climate, the arts are more important than ever before and needed to retain a sense of community, to have a good night out and to remind our youth of the power of individuality.  I am very excited to be coming home for the Fermanagh live Arts Festival. I love were I am from and it plays a key role in who I am and what I feel when I write or act. The chance to read from my novel Skin Town, and discuss were it came from, in the place where it is set, was always going to be a no brainer.” Ciaran Mc Menamin.

“Fermanagh Live Arts Festival wish to continue to support access to creative experiences in a variety and diverse range of venues. We are under no illusions, funding is always a challenge but with challenge often comes opportunity to collaborate and think outside the box.” An optimist by nature but also a realist, Noelle recognises increasing opportunities and benefits of collaboration with a range of agencies and stakeholders, “It makes mutual sense to collaborate and work together. We have been indebted to our funders Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Arts Council NI to date, and the ongoing support of  The Fermanagh Herald and Waterways Ireland, Local Businesses and Festival partners those who give their time, space and their expertise to support our festival”

On October 7rh we are absolutely delighted to welcome Internationally renowned, the Legendary JACK L, who performs his Magic Days Tour at Ardhowen Theatre Oct 7th at 8pm.Tickets on sale from Ardhowen Theatre Box Office. 02866325440 

We welcome Barry Douglas, world-renowned Classical musician, back by popular demand, who will be performing well known pieces by Schubert and Brahams, as well as the infamous “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorksky He will no doubt delight us with a little taste of traditional Irish melody, on Sunday Oct 8th in St Macartain’s Cathedral. Tickets available Ardhowen Box Office (028) 66325440

Making an Exhibition of Ourselves, exhibitions and workshops  

We celebrate a Vibrant, dynamic, engaging, Visual and Performing Arts Programme, with Film, Moving Image, Drama , Comedy and music from across all genres, Classical, Brass, Jazz, Traditional, and much, more. Masterclasses, workshops and illustrated talks. The Talented Richard Pierce navigates us through Our Erne with insights, images and antidotes following his travels through Lough Erne October 6h at Waterways Ireland.

Vibrant ,Visual, Art Trails celebrating the talent of our Emerging Artists from South West College beginning in SW College and  meandering  through various venues across the island Town  of Enniskillen and embracing the beautiful and uplifting The Art of Well-being, highlighting the inspiring masterpieces that grace the walls of South West Acute Hospital.  Where art has been co created in partnership with well-established artists alongside students in schools and colleges across Fermanagh and Omagh District Council areas, through the South West Acute Hospital.

 We welcome a host of group and solo exhibitions, during September and October. Waterways Ireland provides the serene venue for Elsewhere, a solo exhibition of recent masterpieces by Douglas Hutton. Followed by The Painterly Tactile, textile canvasses by Patricia Kelly in her solo show Navy Skies and Golden Horizons. Finely executed textiles by Jenni Mc Grails Solo show, Thread Softly through Memories, is exhibited in the intimate space of The Jolly Sandwich. Throughout Sept Tara Moran Woods addresses poignantly the concepts of memory, loss and the journey of life. In her solo show Tactile Postcards, venue tbc. We celebrate the iconic work of Mavis Thompson RUA, in a solo exhibition of new work, Post Cards from Japan. We celebrate her life and work and contribution to the Arts with her Daughters, Sydney and Marion Thomson, in a very special audience with Mavis Thomson and Daughters in The Round at Enniskillen Castle . We celebrate Arts and Crafts in its many varied forms with a unique Exhibition of Artisans from The Collage Collective, The Buttermarket Enniskillen. We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with our local Galleries The Devenish Gallery Enniskillen,Hambley and Hambley Gallery, and  The Mc Kenna Gallery Omagh in promoting The Visual Arts.

A Family Affair…. Creative and Cultural Opportunities for all the family

Fermanagh Live Arts Festival promises fun filled, family opportunities for all ages including Children and young People, from FILM Clubs, Fab Labs facilitated through the innovative Creative Learning Centre, Nerve Centre. The Enchanted Erne celebrates Creativity at its best inspired by waterways and Lakelands, with workshops, performances and magical mayhem and cultural trails for all the family, commencing in The Buttermarket Sat Oct 7th.

We celebrate the appreciation of poetry with poet and critic, Kevin Quinn at Enniskillen Castle and Damian Smith ACNI..We highlight performing arts and the creative and innovative animation of spaces and places of The Buttermarket and Enniskillen Castle grounds. We warmly welcome The All-Ireland Poetry Slam, hosted by Performance Poet Frank Rafferty, where we support the ongoing appreciation of poetry of local  writers and internationally renowned poets , wordsmiths and the engaging humour and infamous wit of Rory Jones, Wizword. We welcome back our FLIVE Cultural Boat Tour, with opportunities to join us on board the MV Kestrel  in the company of Catherine Scott and Seamus Mac Annaidh. We continue to here from The talented  Fermanagh Writers Group and celebrate and expand the unique and ever inspiring Island Town wide, poetry trail, quite literally from Dawn to Dusk. With opportunities to Breakfast on The Barge, The Lovely Leitrim, BOATEL, on National Poetry Day ,Sept 28th.Celebrating poems by literary champions, on and off the island and waterways, whatever the weather. With Book Launches, Jazz Brunches, Music and The Sound of Brass what better to spend a weekend in Fermanagh, where Culture thrives all year round.

We are committed this year to profiling a range of arts and cultural as well as community events in the lead up to our festival. An opportunity to build new audiences, connect organisations and events that promote creativity and culture, compliment rather than compete with each other. A rising tide really does lift all boats.

 While this year’s Fermanagh Lives Arts Festival is Oct 4th to Oct 8th, we have many opportunities for events, exhibitions, performances and cultural engagement in September in the lead up to and beyond the festival weekend. We wish all our Creative and Cultural Champions and Festival Partners continued success and sincere thanks for their ongoing support. A Special word of thanks to ta very special team and all the volunteers  that make Fermanagh Live Arts Festival a very special festival in a very special place……..we hope you can join us “

 Noelle Mc Alinden

Chair Fermanagh Live Arts Festival 2017  

Experience Something Beautiful in Fermanagh!


Experience and participate in Fermanagh’s finest live entertainment & visual arts this autumn when Fermanagh Live takes place from Wednesday 4th October to Sunday 8th Oct 2017. The festival thrives on showcasing local and international innovative and exceptional talent providing a diverse range of the very best in music, dance, film, literature, comedy, carnival and visual arts.

Words From Our Sponsors

Evelyn Hassard of Crannog Antiques says, ‘I am delighted to give my support to music events at the Fermanagh Live Arts Festival because I love Classical music and want to help bring as much as possible to as many people as possible’.


CavanaghKelly are delighted to sponsor Fermanagh Live Arts Festival. The Festival of Live Entertainment and Visuals Arts is a great opportunity for the local community to get a taste of our home-grown artists through this programme of innovative, vibrant and contemporary events.”


Fuels & Lubricants are happy to be associated with the Fermanagh Live Arts Festival in sponsoring Melisma in this year’s festival. It is a positive way of encouraging the promotion of local talent and enabling local audiences to see arts that they might not get the opportunity to see otherwise.