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Chairman's Message

Eventbrite - Allingham Festival 2014
Tom Sigafoos -   Allingham Chair

Tom Sigafoos -
Allingham Chair

Creativity Across Borders – the theme of the 2014 Allingham Festival – highlights the unique position of Ballyshannon in the world of creativity and enterprise.

Ballyshannon sits on the borders of two provinces, and four counties. Her people live on the border of the land and the sea, at one of the westernmost seaports in Europe. The past, present, and future meet in Ballyshannon, the oldest town in Ireland.

In the 1800’s, William Allingham spent a lifetime seeking recognition for his writing – the traditional challenge for creative artists who were born outside the charmed circle of well-connected urban families. But the world has changed, and today the writers, painters, designers, animators, and storytellers of North West Ireland can publish and sell their work worldwide. The 2014 Allingham Festival highlights some of the newest opportunities for creative enterprise – and celebrates the long-standing traditions of fine Irish writing and art.

Mark your calendars for the 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th of November in Ballyshannon. You’ll be entertained, you’ll be surprised, and you’ll go home with new ideas and possibilities. We’ll look forward to seeing you at the 2014 Allingham Festival.  Have a browse through our 4 days below, but before that here's a few highlights.

any thanks to our funders, contributors and sponsors for making this event possible.

OnStage - SpinVFX

Neishaw Ali (SPINVFX, Emmy Award  Visual Effects  Winners for   Game Of Thrones,   Season 3) will be at #allingham 2014

Neishaw Ali (SPINVFX, Emmy Award Visual Effects Winners for Game Of Thrones, Season 3) will be at #allingham 2014

One of this year's highlights will be a visit from Toronto based Neishaw Ali, president of SPINVFX. Neishaw will also sit on the panel to respond to the Minister For Arts & Culture on the Thursday night 'Inspiring Creativity, Engaging Enterprise' event.

IZAK9 - Sharing their views on creative thinking.

IZAK9 - Sharing their views on creative thinking.

Creative Enterprise

A unique look into the current state of creativity in the economy with an 'Inspiring Creativity, Engaging Enterprise' series of talks and panel discussion on Thursday 6th. 

UPROAR Comics - Workshop & Speaking Event on Friday 7th Nov.

UPROAR Comics - Workshop & Speaking Event on Friday 7th Nov.


Animation, Felt Making, ePublishing, Poetry, Drawing, Creative Writing, Kids Art & Writing and loads more running throughout the four day festival. Booking essential.

Theo Dorgan - Saturday L iterary  Evening

Theo Dorgan - Saturday Literary Evening

Wonder Of Words

A literary feast on the Saturday night at the Abbey Arts Centre with a fantastic line up, including Theo Dorgan, Paul Lynch, Donal Ryan, Winifred McNulty, The Poetry Divas among others.



No Place Like Home

We are delighted to welcome local act SlowPlaceLikeHome to a unique event at St. Anne's Church with support from Derry based electronica outfit, Ryan Vail. 

Made with classic stylings, SlowPlaceLikeHome feels contemporary. It’s a tight collection oozing personality and charisma, making Mannion a luminary in the current scene
— Alan Reilly, State Magazine
Eventbrite - Allingham Festival 2014