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The 2019 Arts Over Borders Summer Festivals July 25 – August 18

  • 7th Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, July 20-30 2019
  • 2nd A Wilde Weekend: Wildetown, Home of the Happy Prince, Enniskillen August 1-4 2019
  • 4th Lughnasa FrielFest August 5-18 2019

ARTS OVER BORDERS announces its 2019 event line-up for its summer international festivals in the Irish north-west border counties.  Events are due to be on sale from June 17 2019.

2019 Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

July 25-28 2019

  • Three Beckett short plays with the Mark Morris Dance Group (World Premiere). Enniskillen Royal Grammar (formerly Portora Royal School) & The Regal July 25-28
  • Schwanengesang (Swansong) by Franz Schubert. Director Romeo Castellucci (UK & Ireland Premier). Ardhowen Theatre July 27 & 28
  • Cascando by Samuel Beckett. Pan Pan Theatre.  Site specific performance promenade. Grounds of old Portora Royal School.  July 26-28.
  • Ohio Impromptu by Samuel Beckett. Dir Adrian Dunbar. Devenish Island July 25-28
  • Pas Moi & Not I by Samuel Beckett – Clara Simpson. Chapel of Enniskillen Royal Grammar(Portora) July 27 & 28
  • All Mankind Is Us: Walking for Waiting for Godot. Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark July 27 & 28
  • Winterreise by Franz Schubert – Roderick Williams & Julius Drake. St. Macartin’s Cathedral July 28
  • Morning Recital – Late piano works of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Scriabin with Saskia Giorgini (Winner 2016 Salzburg Piano Prize). St. Macartin’s Cathedral July 27.
  • Assumption by Samuel Beckett – short prose reading with Adrian Dunbar. July 26
  • Diarmaid Ferriter: Talk on The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics. July 25
  • Alannah Hopkin and Sally Phipps with Carlo Gebler. A discussion on late creativity.  Alannah Hopkin is the widow of Aidan Higgins and Sally Phipps is the daughter of Molly Keane.  July 28

2019 A Wilde Weekend

August 2-5 2019

  • Wilde at Home – Excerpts of Wilde’s plays performed at his old school, Portora (Enniskillen Royal Grammar). Director David Grant August 2-5
  • The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. Reading at St. Macartin’s Cathedral. August 3
  • The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. Bus journey to secret garden for reading. August 4
  • WildeTalk: Matthew Sturgis on his 2018 biography of Oscar Wilde
  • WildeTalk: Commissioned talk by Philip Hoare, entitled Wilde, Swimming. August 3
  • WildeTalk: Franny Moyle (biographer of Constance Wilde) & Cate Haste (biographer of Alma Mahler) followed by performance of Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder song cycle with Ruby Philogene MBE. August 3
  • WildeTalk: Clare Pollard. Poet and playwright Clare Pollard shines a light on some of our best-loved childhood stories, their histories and what they really mean.
  • Closing Concert: Richard Strauss Four Last Songs and other songs. Siobhan Stagg (Soprano) & Julius Drake (piano).  August 4.

2019 Lughnasa FrielFest: Derry-Donegal Here I Come!

August 6-18

  • Faith Healer by Brian Friel. West Donegal. Bus journey promenade presentation. August 9, 10, 11 & August 16, 17, 18.
  • The Enemy Within by Brian Friel. Kabosh Theatre with all female production. August 16-18
  • Freedom of the City by Brian Friel. The Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry. Promenade presentation. Director Jonathan Moore starring Siobhan McSweeney of Derry Girls. August 15-18
  • The Yalta Game by Brian Friel. Sean McGInley & Marie Mullan. St. Eugene’s Hall Moville August 16-18
  • Homer’s Odyssey on Donegal & Causeway Coast beaches August 13-18
  • OVERCOME: Talk – Gary Younge on the importance of James Baldwin’s life and work for today’s society. The Playhouse August 17
  • Ed Vulliamy: Talk by the journalist and writer of the book When Words Fail: A Life With Music, War and Peace.



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Each year, in helping to make the festivals happen, we carry the spirit of a Beckett cliché
‘We can’t go on. We’ll go on’

Help us go on!

Thank you.

Seán Doran & Liam Browne

Festival Curators – DoranBrowne



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