The future of arts and culture

New symposium aims to facilitate collaborative work across the arts, culture and heritage & the Balor presents The Ghostlight Sessions

EARAGAIL Arts Festival, Donegal’s premier summer event, presents a fantastic re-imagined and condensed festival of Srutháin (Small Streams) from 9th to 26th July.

While it does not replace welcoming visitors from all over the world to its beautiful home county in person, Earagail Arts Festival’s will showcase Donegal and the North West on a global scale and bring people together worldwide.


Highlights include new and commissioned works across spoken word, music, circus and dance with artists and companies such as Ryan Vail & Elma Orkestra, Ériu Dance Company, Tumble Circus, Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney, Na Mooneys, The Henry Girls, Christy Keeney, Ian Gordon, Dermot Bolger and much more.

Also part of the festivities is a news series of events presented by Donegal County Council with Derry City and Strabane District Council.

NW Culture Exchange is a new annual symposium which aims to facilitate a collaborative planning approach to programming, delivery and evaluation across the arts, culture and heritage sector in the North West of Ireland.

Responding to current events and building on programming already in development, the 2020 symposium will focus on two key strands: Audiences and Industry.

The symposium invites local, national and international Industry leads, arts and cultural networks, artists and creators to come together to share learning, research, opinion and plans in a bid to strengthen the sector as we move forward and deal with challenges and opportunities.

The presentations will be on Future Trends in Tourism impacting the NW Cultural Sector; 10 things you didn’t know about North West Audiences; The Future of Events? Helen Marriage and After the Interval: Act 2.

The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey’s Ghostlight Sessions presents a video special featuring Joshua Burnside and Kate O’Callaghan for Srutháin on Wednesday 15th July at 8pm on the festival’s website and YouTube.


Kate O’Callaghan who features in the Balor Arts Centre’s video presentation of The Ghostlight Sessions.

Experimental folk artist Joshua Burnside deftly blends alt-folk and elements of Irish folk tradition with South American rhythms and Eastern European influences whilst introducing synthetic and found-sounds, synths loops and crunching beats.

He released his debut album ‘Ephrata’ two years ago via Quiet Arch Records. A mix of Irish traditional, European folk and Americana, it earned Joshua the ‘Best Album’ award at the Northern Irish Music Prize.

Inishowen-based Kate O’Callaghan is a hugely-respected presence on the Donegal music scene. Her beautifully evocative melodies and intelligent considered lyrics run the full range of emotions from the sublime to the cathartic creating a wondrously skewed, refracted version of folk that is haunting, poignant and uplifting.

Earagail Arts Festival is proudly supported by Donegal County Council, Arts Council Ireland and Wild Atlantic Way. Visit

Joshua Burnside who features in the Balor Arts Centre’s video presentation of The Ghostlight Sessions.


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