Fermanagh Live Arts Festival

Fermanagh Live Arts Festival

Fermanagh Live Arts Festival ... culturally diverse, artistically deep and magnificently various
… a pocket festival small but perfectly formed
Carlo Gébler
HiIlbilly Moon Explosion

HiIlbilly Moon Explosion

Who knew that rock ‘n’ roll could be so exhilarating and musically diverse?

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Ladies in the Blues

Ladies in the Blues

vaudeville & jazz, to the blues rock of the 60s & 70s, it’s a women’s journey through song with iconic visual backdrops of all those great female trailblazers

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John Kelly with Music by Gaby McArdle

John Kelly with Music by Gaby McArdle

a whacky, satirical, futuristic tales... John is also one of Ireland’s best-known broadcasters joined by his friend and acclaimed author Séamas MacAnnaidh and renowned musician Gaby McArdle.

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Hairy Jaysus by Exit Does Theatre

Hairy Jaysus by Exit Does Theatre

Francis Sheehy-Skeffington was a pacifist, feminist, socialist and atheist who was murdered after being wrongly identified as one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916.

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Andreea Banciu & Aileen Cahill Viola and Piano Recital

Andreea Banciu & Aileen Cahill Viola and Piano Recital

Andreea's latest album New Airs went straight to no. 3 in the iTunes classical charts. Aileen was awarded the Sidney Greig cup for organ... ned we say more?!

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About Fermanagh Live

ANN McDERMOTT, FLive Chair

Welcome to the 12th FLive festival – a celebration of the Best in the West; the people, the creativity and the place … writers, artists. musicians and film makers with local connections including John Kelly, Carlo Gébler, Richard Pierce, Clara Tracey, Gaby McArdle, Michael Raphael Donnelly, Gerard McGourty, Samantha Jones, Hambly & Hambly and Siobhan Ferguson. Brian J Falconer will be home to present his first feature film, the award winning, DIG and the festival will premiere The Quiet Shuffling of Feet, a documentary about Enniskillen resident David Bolton. 

Headlining guest groups include Ladies in the Blues from Dublin and from Switzerland, Hillbilly Moon Explosion. The festival kicks off with a festival launch on September 20th, following a visit to selected art exhibitions on the Culture Express train, the festival will be well and truly launched with jazz music from the Bob Quick Quintet, Gerarda McCann and Linley Hamilton, while chef Manu Maricheaux will be dispensing wine and cheese.

FLive is much more than a series of events – it is a combination of the efforts of many individuals and the generous support of local businesses and funders … and we sincerely thank you all. And this is YOUR festival, we depend on you to make it a success, so come along, take part & join in the fun!

 Ann McDermott 

Chair Fermanagh Live Arts Festival 2019

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

This year the National Lottery celebrates its 25th anniversary, and it is thanks to the Lottery that the Arts Council is able to provide funding support to arts organisations which are bringing entertaining, inspiring and enriching arts experiences to people and communities across Northern Ireland. We are truly delighted to support this year’s FLive and the opportunities it offers for audiences to enjoy this great showcase of arts by the excellent artists and performers of the region.  

Noelle McAloon, Enniskillen BID Ltd

Enniskillen BID are delighted to continue to support F LIVE Arts Festival 2019 .The exciting and action packed programme brings huge benefit to our Enniskillen Town and District. Particularly this year we are looking forward to seeing the performance from the creative collaboration between F live , BID and Big Telly Theatre Company with OUR ISLAND TOWN,FLOATING WORLD Themed Creative Shop will ‘pop up’ on 9th September to oct 6th in Castle Buildings, 1 Paget Square leading into F Live Festival weekend, to entertain, enthuse and Inspire"

Betty Brown President of The Royal Ulster Academy

Congratulations to Fermanagh Live Arts Festival on another inspiring Festival programme of Exhibitions and performances and every success for 2019. Delighted to see fellow artists Julian Friers PPRUA and Rosie Mc Gurran RUA participate this year.A very warm welcome to you all to our Annual Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition at The Ulster Museum, Belfast with our accompanying Talks, Tours, Masterclasses ,Artists spotlights and Events programme suitable for all ages from Oct 18th to Jan 5th 2020.

ADRIAN DUNBAR, Actor and Cultural Champion

”I love the whole idea of the Fermanagh Live Arts Festival ...I know the hard work and effort that goes into making a festival like this and I applaud those lovers of the Arts who feel they can give of themselves so wholeheartedly so that their friends and neighbours might encounter a little beauty in their own home town. Continued success for FLive 2019. Lots of love A x

Prof. MPS Varma OBE

 Shane O Mara-Professor of Experimental Brain Research at TCD has stated that walking “repairs our brains, lowers our blood pressure……..and allows us to be creative and better at problem solving.” I would suggest that involvement with the arts would have much the same effect on the body, and in addition, people who have an interest in the arts are less prone to depression and anxiety, with an increase in positive emotions, and improved wellbeing. It has also been demonstrated that music in particular helps patients with dementia, and it has been shown to boost the immune system, and reduce inflammation, thus aiding healing, and improving medical outcomes.

Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust

The FLive Arts Festival has been fantastic – engaging and enjoyable with a fantastic range of events and activities for people to participate in. Thanks for opening the heart and mind to possibilities and fueling our imaginations.

Noelle McAloon, Enniskillen BID

Enniskillen BID recognises the benefits of vibrant events like F Live Arts Festival.  Enniskillen businesses encourage events that enhance the character of our wonderful town and they are delighted to support Flive in 2018.

 

 

Situated in the scenic and picturesque west of Northern Ireland, Fermanagh is home to some of the country’s greatest music, drama and visual arts. At its centre is Enniskillen, a busy and vibrant town steeped in history and culture, with associated greats including Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.

2013 Overview

2012 Overview

Welcome to Fermanagh's only Arts Festival - now in its 9th year. 

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 architecture...as 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

Fermanagh Arts Festival Limtied Registered in Northern Ireland NI066336 -

Registered Office 106 Rabbitburrow Road Lisbellaw Co. Fermanagh BT94 5FL Tel - 079 2734 8517

Straddling the small waterway between Lower and Upper Lough Erne, Enniskillen is Fermanagh’s biggest town with an approximate population of 14,000. The town itself is built along one main street which changes names six times along its length!

As a result, this makes Enniskillen a hub for shopping and socialising and creates an atmospheric buzz among the high street and independent stores, bars and restaurants. With an abundance of locations and facilities, the festivities will be taking place in the following venues:

For more information on Enniskillen and Fermanagh, check out the following links: www.fermanaghlakelands.com www.fermanagh.gov.uk www.enniskillen.com www.thebestof.co.uk/local/enniskillen

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Fermanagh Arts Festival

Would like to thank all of our funders, sponsors,  partners and locations for their generous support of the 2019 FLive festival and we hope you too will support them in kind.

We are happy to provide free events and would like to sincerely thank the support we have from the following organisations as we would not be able to provide these artistic events without their support. 

 

 

 

It was great to be part of last year’s F Live Arts Festival and I can’t wait for what’s on offer this year. Paul Brady at Ardhowen will be electric! Having spent a lot of last summer and autumn at Literary and Arts festivals all over Ireland I am proud to say that the festival in my home town, Enniskillen, was up there with the best: a festival that truly punches above its weight. F live offers quality entertainment and unique opportunities to access the arts and culture, try new things out, suitable for the whole community. The effort and energy the F Live team and all the volunteers put in is outstanding.

On behalf of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, I would like to congratulate the Fermanagh Arts Festival Committee on such an excellent programme of events for the 2018 Festival. Fermanagh Arts Festival was established in 2007, I am delighted that it has continued to flourish and grow, and this year’s programme embraces a diverse genre of arts & culture in many guises featuring local and national acts.