Sneak Preview of 2023 Imagine Arts Festival

Sneak Preview of 2023 Imagine Arts Festival

Sneak Preview of Acclaimed Artists for 2023 Imagine Arts Festival Announced



Sneak Preview of 2023 Imagine Arts Festival; September 2023 – Today, an exciting line-up of incredible acts have been announced for Imagine Arts Festival 2023, which takes place over the October Bank Holiday Weekend 24th – 29th in Waterford City.

The Imagine Arts Festival line-up features an eclectic mix of music acts to whet the appetite of all arts lovers, including the inimitable, Irish legend, Camille O’Sullivan, the ethereal Waterford-connected Brigid Mae Power, folk-favourite Niall McCabe, together with a world premiere from the incomparable, Waterford collective, The Bonk along with a powerhouse of performers who have been involved in some of the country’s most well-known ensembles: Noriana Kennedy of The Whileaways and Solas, Cherish the Ladies,’ Mirella Murray, Donogh Hennessy—one of Lúnasa’s founding members—and Téada’s, Oisín Mac Diarmada and to top it all off; a special multidisciplinary concert from legendary duo Rónán Ó Snodaigh and Myles O’Reilly, paired with Waterford-native acclaimed contemporary dancer Sophie Hutchinson with dozens of more acts to be announced.

Sneak Preview of  2023 Imagine Arts Festival
Camille O’Sullivan

Tickets for the acts go on sale Friday 15th September at noon with more sumptuous acts to be announced in the coming weeks as part of its multidisciplinary arts programming; featuring the very best in music, visual arts and performance.  The full programme of events will be launched officially on Tuesday 3rd October but Festival Director Sinéad Dunphy was too excited to keep everything a secret any longer and decided to release a sneak peek!

Sinéad commented “I’ve been working hard with my colleagues in putting a really special programme together and I just couldn’t wait any longer, there’s so many incredible shows to share with our audiences and we’ll be releasing even more acts in the coming weeks. To come back to my hometown to deliver Imagine Arts Festival has been an incredibly proud moment in my career and only makes me even more excited for what the coming years for Imagine will bring – I’ve already a heap of exciting projects in the works for 2024, so now it’s time to enjoy the 2023 programme and hope that the people of Waterford and beyond come out and support the Festival and the wonderful artists we are so lucky to work with this year.

Sneak Preview of  2023 Imagine Arts Festival
Ronan O Snodaigh and Myles O’Reilly

I’m working with an incredibly supportive committee and several key partners including the Arts Council of Ireland and Waterford City and County Council to help deliver the Festival and bring it into a new stage of strategic development. In addition, the Festival is extremely lucky to have the support of WLR FM, The Waterford News and Star, Waterford in Your Pocket, and The Granville Hotel; all as key partners, helping deliver the Festival to its highest standard with even more partners coming on line each day. We really couldn’t be more thankful to these partners because without their support it would be impossible to deliver the Festival. 

This year encompasses a more focused programme, allowing us to build a strong foundation for the Festival going forward. In its 22nd year, I’m confident that Imagine Arts Festival is clear in its vision for the future knowing that its past has been built primarily through the unwavering support of its committee and founders. Looking at 2023 and beyond, Imagine Arts Festival is ready to deliver on a new strategic vision allowing for its priorities to reinforce its commitment to artists, artform development and its audiences all the while remaining true to its surroundings and long and rich history. ” 

Tickets go on sale for this sneak preview of the programme on Friday 15th September at 12 noon and can be found on the Festival website or through Eventbrite. For updates on the programme, as it unfolds, keep an eye on the Festival website and its social channels: