THURSDAy Nov. 3rd
Join our MC for the night Tony Liston and musician Mark Langan in Mc Intyre's Saloon for our first Festival Club, an informal and often irreverent gathering of revellers, writers, poets and singers. You'd better have your party piece ready!
Valerie Cox will deliver this year's Allingham Lecture, marking the official opening of this year's festival. Valerie's lecture will focus on the refugee crisis, and Europe's response to the crisis. Abbey Arts Centre, 8.00pm.
Join us at 7pm for a wine reception in the Abbey Arts Centre to mark the Official Opening of the Allingham Arts Festival 2016 (Please note, the venue for this event is confirmed as the Abbey Arts Centre, contrary to the information printed in other versions of the programme). The official opening will include a Festival Preview by Festival Chairperson Tom Sigafoos at 8pm, followed by Olive Travers speaking about the Foróige Garden Project. This will be followed by the Allingham Lecture with Valerie Cox, the first of many free events taking place over the weekend. FREE
FRIDAY NOV. 4th
SATURDAY nov. 5th
Just us in Owen Roe's at the Saturday Night Festival Club for a bit of craic after a long day of festivaling! Music by John Meehan.
This year's Allingham Concert promises to be another wonderful night of entertainment with guest reader Anne Enright and performances by Niamh Currid, Niall Gallagher, Siobhán Calpin, and Kieran Quinn.
Monica Corish will launch her latest collection, 'A Dying Language', at this year's Allingham Festival. 50% of the profits from sales of the collection at the Allingham Festival will be donated to the North West Hospice.
Join the finalists in the Allingham Flash Fiction and Poetry Competitions as they receive their awards from judges Anne Enright, Afric Mc Glinchey and Monica Corish.
History Ireland Hedge School: 'Keeping the head down - Protestants in Independent Ireland'. Tommy Graham returns to his native Ballyshannon once again with the History Ireland Hedge School. This year's topic has a particular resonance in a border town like Ballyshannon.
A programme of nine short films inspired by the subject of 1916 and what it has left in its wake, commissioned by the IFB. Programme includes fiction and non-fiction, live-action and animation, contemporary and period pieces. FREE
The winners of this year's Allingham Young Writers Awards in association with AIB will receive their trophies and be invited to read their work in front of other finalists. This is always a fantastic event celebrating new young talent and is open to all.
Anne Enright, Man Booker prize winner and Laureate for Irish Fiction, will take part in a public interview with Sinéad Gleeson ('The Book Show' on RTE). Topics for discussion will include Enright's novel 'The Green Road' and her other writing, the Laureateship, and the state of writing in Ireland today. Dorrian's, Ballyshannon, 3.30pm, €10.
SUNDAY nov. 6th
Join us in St. Anne's for the final event of the weekend, a choral concert, the perfect way to say adieu to Allingham 2016. FREE EVENT.
This year's Sunday afternoon family movie is the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 'Mary Poppins'! Now is your chance to see this magical, hilarious and heart-warming film on the big screen...and don't forget to take the kids!
“Sunday Morning in the Thatch” is an informal, relaxed session of music, recitations, and poetry. Everyone is invited to come along and join in with recitations. The PJ Drummond Cup – in memory of a man who was a great aficionado of William Allingham’s poetry – is presented by his family for the best recitation of the morning. presented by his family for the best recitation of the morning.