Arts Over Borders – the northern literary lands
Welcome to Arts over Borders (Ireland’s presenting body for cross-border arts festivals).
Our bio-festival model is a bespoke format which takes its inspiration from the 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.
The festivals 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.
With the pandemic impacting events, sadly we have been unable to deliver our unique programmes of events for the past year but are delighted that we will be delivering our literary tourism project in 2021- creating Wilde’s Island Town, the home of the Happy Prince.
We thank all our artists – local, national and international – our small but resourceful compliment of staff, our Board of Trustees and all our courageous partners and funders,
‘Never neglect the little things of life’ (Waiting for Godot)
If you would like to support us for our projects 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
Jer O Mahony
Arts Over Borders ~ Festival Staff
Festival Manager (Happy Days): Sally Rees
Festival Manager (Lughnasa FrielFest): Jonathan Burgess
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