Cross-border creativity – Stendhal and Earagail Arts Festivals join forces

Organisers of the Stendhal Festival in Limavady and the Earagail Arts Festival in Donegal have announced today that they are coming together this summer to help cross promote the arts across the Irish Border.

Multi-award winning Stendhal Festival, now in its eighth year and the Earagail Arts Festival in its 30th, have agreed a programming partnership that will see each event programme acts at the other, with Stendhal bringing their own inimitable style to The Mountain Stage, sponsored by Kinnegar Brewing at Swell Festival on Arranmore Island.

Rosborough, Hunkpapa, No Oil Paintings and Waldorf and Cannon will be representing Stendhal at Swell on the 27th of July.

Ross Parkhill, Stendhal Festival Director says that he is looking forward to working with the team at Earagail Arts Festival and Swell and says it will be a great opportunity for both organisations to reach a wider audience.

“This partnership has great potential,” he said, “Everyone at Stendhal is really happy to be teaming up with Earagail Arts and we know that the feeling is mutual, meaning that exciting times are ahead.”
“With the proximity of each festival to the other, the potential to bring new eyes to both our events is a fantastic opportunity for both of us

“Earagail Arts Festival has a great history and pedigree and we can’t wait to put a Stendhal stamp on proceedings.”
Ross concluded: “We are confident that the four acts we are showcasing at Swell fest will give everyone going a good overall view of the quality we present at Stendhal each year and that everyone on Arranmore Island will experience the syndrome.”

Paul Brown, CEO & Artistic Director with Earagail Arts Festival added: “We are delighted to be bringing four Donegal acts to Stendhal in August through the Distorted Perspectives platform. Earagail Arts Festival celebrates its 30th birthday this year and key to this longevity has been fostering partnerships with a range of local, national and international partners – we have always been stronger together.

“With some host venue issues leading to a hiatus for the Distorted Perspectives festival this year, in conjunction with our partners the Regional Cultural Centre, we’ve decided to take it out on the road, with a showcase at CQAF and now at Stendhal on 10th August providing just the right opportunities for presenting different perspectives on Donegal artists and its festival scene. “

Paul Concluded: “Both Stendhal and Earagail share a core ethos in fostering new artists and we hope this is the start of a wider borderless partnership into the future.”

For more information on Earagail Arts Festival visit www.eaf.ie