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Funny Bone Central at the Clifden Arts Festival

By August 21, 2017No Comments

Clifden’s 40th Arts Festival will take place from the 13th-24th September 2017.  Renowned for nurturing the arts amongst young people, this Autumnal festival will inspire and enchant visitors and locals. This year will feature many interesting and educational talks revolving around an assortment of topics such as the Arts, Mindfulness, Astronomy, Jungian Psychology, Irish history and many more from some of the world’s most fascinating people.

Open your heart to the deep spiritual peace of ‘Saying Yes to Yes’ with spiritual guru Kevin McAleer on Thursday the 21st of September for a mind-splitting evening of living fully in the moment, with meditation, mindfulness and deep breathing or let your hair down with the hilarious ‘Reading and Singing in the Bookies’ on Sunday the 17th of September with Des Kavanagh and Pete Mullineaux presenting poems, songs, recitations about horses, ponies and greyhounds

Kevin McAleer is a Northern Irish professional stand-up comedian. He came to prominence on the RTÉ television show Nighthawks which began broadcasting in the late 1980s. McAleer became known for his three-minute sketches of surreal rustic tales told in his slow County Tyrone drawl. He has been said to have “put the dead back into deadpan”.

His incredible, new one-man show features tree visualization, bananarama yoga, straw bale therapy, psychic flower arranging, firewalking with dolphins, and ego massage. McAleer is universally recognized as Tyrone’s leading Zen Buddhist saint, having trained for thirty three years under the legendary Deepjoy Chakra in Peru, before founding the Institute of Light in Strabane in 1972.

He will be signing copies of his thirty nine classic self-help books, including the bestselling ‘Idiot’s Guide to Low Self Esteem’, which has been translated into more than 94,000 languages worldwide.

Now in its sixth amazing year, ‘Reading and Singing in the Bookies’ gathers an audience in Paddy Power’s that exceeds attendances there for Derbies and Grand Nationals. Poems, songs and recitation about horses, ponies and greyhounds illuminate the evening in a presentation by local and national crowd-pleasers, Des Kavanagh and Pete Mullineaux, well-known comedians. From learning to fly like Fidget Feet, enjoying toe-tapping music, opening your mind with readings and theatre performances, to laughing out loud at comedy, the 40th Clifden Arts Festival promises an event to excite young and old.

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About Clifden Arts Festival

The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 40th year will take place from September 13th – 24th and yet again promises to have something to excite everyone in this year’s programme. Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre, graphic design and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools for the duration of the festival.

2023 Festival Programme