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Carlow Arts Festival 7th-13th June: our top 5 picks!

Carlow Arts Festival 7th-13th June: our top 5 picks!
Carlow Arts Festival (7th-13th June) starts today for a long weekend celebrating culture and arts in all its forms! The festival celebrates its 38th year promoting the growth of visual art, theatre, music, dance, spectacle, multi-disciplinary arts and entertainment.

Find out the full programme here.

In the meantime, we have selected our top 5 picks in the programme.


Sat 10 June / 2pm & 4pm / FREE


In Unguarded, an original hand-balancing and acrobatic solo piece exploring vulnerability and the ephemeral, Sevesfeathers will risk irretrievable seconds, upside-down. For you, unguarded, she’ll find her balance.

For you, to feel, to dare; she’ll let her guard down. For you, unguarded, she’ll find her balance.

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Professor Plunger

Sat 10 - Sun 11 June / 3pm / FREE

Fanzini Brothers

The Professor is ready to show off his greatest invention; his amazing hair! An inventive and original show featuring dancing, hair plungers and a bell-playing finale. The Professor is a charming old world rogue with a little cheeky grin and a very large head of hair. Professor Plunger is a non-verbal show using the international language of comedy and music.

ISACS profile

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Watch Fanzini video here

Pss Pss (Switzerland)

Sat 10 June / 6:30pm

Compagnia Baccalà

Brilliant, tender and ingenious, two modern-day clowns take to the stage. Baccalà’s hilarious and timeless performance of enthralling physicality and exquisite expression has been fêted the world over. Inventive, exciting, ridiculous, this breathtaking pas de deux of mishaps and acrobatics will have you laughing long after you leave the theatre.

‘Sometimes a show is such a total delight that it is hard to write about it without just gushing ‘ See it, see it!’ – Pss Pss is such a show. See it, see it.’ - Total Theatre

‘extraordinary... riveting ...infectious... one of the most magical shows on the circuit...’ THE STAGE

Winner of 14 international prizes, including the Cirque Du Soleil prize. Pss Pss has been performed over 600 times, in over 50 countries, and on 5 continents, to huge acclaim. An hour of happiness. Don’t miss it!


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Extraordinary Bodies (UK) - Performance

Sat 10 June / 4.30pm / FREE

Extraordinary Bodies

Extraordinary Bodies is a circus company that believes in Circus for Every Body. We are all ages, disabled and non disabled, and from different backgrounds. We are circus performers and storytellers. This show follows a 3 day creative exploration workshop with broad community representation, led by members of Extraordinary Bodies visiting Carlow to look at human value with a broad range of people who live in the town. 

Come and join them to see a short performance starting at 4.30pm on Saturday at the Festival HQ featuring representative members of the community. Talk to them afterwards about your own ideas about how we might value everybody. They will be back next year with their show 'What Am I Worth?' featuring people from your community.


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C’era Una Volta (Once Upon A Time) Italy

Sat 10 June / 10pm / FREE EVENT

Ondadurto Teatro

The extraordinary Ondadurto Teatro comes to Ireland for the very first time with their huge spectacle performance C’era Una Volta (Once Upon a Time). Stories and legends from the traditions of the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll and Hans Christian Andersen, are reinterpreted in a noir atmosphere. Is it possible that Little Red Riding Hood has a dark side? And what about the light, sweet, melancholic side of Witches and Stepmothers? This is much more than a show about princesses and heroes.

Ondadurto Teatro create an unreal world, where an improbable Mad Hatter and his Carousel of Time bring the audience on a surreal and fantastical journey, passing through stories and legends on a breathless tour with fascinating moving objects, projection, sound effects, spectacular water effects, fire and of course... fireworks!



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