Below are a sample of some of the festivals running in Ireland in April and early May 2023.
One Dublin One Book – 1 to 30 April – Dublin
One Dublin One Book is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.
For 2023 the book is The Coroner’ Daughter by Andrew Hughes.
Inishbofin Arts Festival – 14th April to 16 April – Inishbofin
Situated on the stunningly scenic and historic island of Inishbofin, this Arts Festival is a colourful and eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts, crafts, heritage, poetry, creative workshops and fun family activities.
Cúirt International Festival of Literature – 18 to 23 April – Galway
Cúirt International Festival of Literature brings readers and writers together to tell stories, share new perspectives and celebrate writing in all forms.
Music current – 12 to 15 April – Dublin
Music Current is an annual contemporary music festival produced by Dublin Sound Lab. The festival offers Dublin audiences a showcase of contemporary Irish electronic music and new international repertoire and includes a participation scheme for composers to take part in masterclasses, workshops, discussions, collaborations, and performances.
New Music Dublin – 20 to 23 April – Dublin
New Music Dublin is Ireland’s foremost contemporary music festival, taking place in the spring each year within the National Concert Hall and other venues throughout Dublin.
Cork International Choral Festival – 26 April to 30 April – Cork
The Cork International Choral Festival is held annually over five days in venues across Cork city.
Galway Theatre Festival – 28th April to 6 May – Galway
Galway Theatre Festival draws on the West of Ireland’s unique theatrical heritage, and is dedicated to platforming and developing independent theatre and performance.
Féile Chois Cuain – 28 April to 1 May – Louisburgh
Féile Chois Cuain is an annual celebration of this cultural heritage and it has a well-deserved reputation as one of Ireland’s premier traditional arts festivals. It is a magical weekend of music, song and dance, where an extraordinary atmosphere prevails as old friends get together and new friendships are forged.
Kilkenny Roots Festival – 28 April to 1 May – Kilkenny
By now a national institution and an international buzz-phrase among the Americana / Roots movement…Ireland’s most compact and hospitable music festival, where virtually everything is low-key but high grade. The premier alt-country and folk-roots festival in this country.
Let us know about any festivals that you are attending that we are missing from this list.