Arts Over Borders – the northern literary lands
Welcome to Arts over Borders (Ireland’s presenting body for cross-border arts festivals) & welcome to its 3rd Lughnasa FrielFest and 6th Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.
Our bio-festival model is a bespoke format which takes its inspiration fromthe genius of a single artist and is curated with a strong sense of place, both rural & urban, throughout border communities and landscapes – what we now call the northern literary lands.
Over three weekends in August (Gaelic, Lughnasa), this year’s projects extend across six counties from Ballycastle in Co. Antrim to Portnoo in Co. Donegal, from Omagh in Co. Tyrone to Magheroarty, from Derry~Londonderry city to outside Blacklion in Co. Cavan and from Magilligan in Co. Derry~Londonderry to Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh, taking place in underground caves, islands on a lake, beaches, the Walls of Derry, village halls, cafes, arts centres, schools, a crypt, a roadside, a pier and a mountain! First and foremost though our heightened site-specific experiences are there to underpin the artist’s work.
For six years, we have presented festivals on Beckett, Friel and Wilde in Ireland’s border counties but August 2018 will be our last festivals before Brexit. And so we offer two experiential Beckett Border projects: Three (or more) Billboards Outside Enniskillen & Sligo and Purgatorio: Walking for Waiting for Godot in the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Geopark.
We have chosen Homer’s two great poetic epics to sit either side of the border: the Odyssey being to Donegal – the county with Ireland’s longest coastline – as the Iliad, epic of all epics, is to Derry – the city with the longest siege in British and Irish history.
We thank all our artists – local, national and international – our small but resourceful compliment of staff, our ever supportive and enabling Board of Trustees and all our courageous partners and funders, most particularly our Principal Partner the T S Eliot Foundation without whose culturally freeing and enlightened support these Irish borderland bio-festivals would simply not be around today for you all to enjoy.
‘Never neglect the little things of life’ (Waiting for Godot)
If you would like to support us for our 2018 Festivals with a donation we would be very grateful, no matter how small your donation – click here
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!
Seán Doran & Liam Browne
Festival Curators – DoranBrowne
Arts Over Borders ~ Artist Honorary Patrons
Arts Over Borders ~ Board of Trustees
Chairperson Mary Heaney
and a very special thank you to our Vice-Chair Alison McArdle (2014-2018) who has returned to Australia.
Arts Over Borders ~ Festival Staff
Festival Manager (Lughnasa FrielFest): Jonathan Burgess
Artist Liaison (Happy Days): Sally Rees
Odyssey Manager (FrielFest) Arthur Oliver-Brown
Music Manager (Happy Days): Matthew Murphy
Production Manager (Happy Days): Barry McKinney
Copywriter: Alistair Daniel
Programme Design: Keith Connolly, Tonic Design
Our thanks to
Monsignor Peter O’Reilly
Dean Kenneth Hall
Enniskillen Royal Grammar
Hazel Johnson & the Jolly Sandwich
Others: Orla Constant,
Fr. Donoghue, Glenties
Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2012
Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2013
Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2015
Lughnasa International Friel Festival 2015