28 to March 4. Opera Week, Belfast. Castleward Opera performs
Rossini's "Barber of Seville" at the Grand Opera House.
16 to 19. St. Patrick's Festival, Dublin. Music, street theater,
Skyfest Fireworks, dance, sports, pageants and parades. (Additional
St. Patrick's events throughout Ireland.)
6 to 16. Dublin Film Festival. Screenings at cinemas throughout
15 to 23. WorldùIrish Dancing Championships, Belfast. The best
of Irish dancers performs jigs and reels at Waterfront Hall and
20 to June 4. Belfast Summerfest 2000. Entertainment and
activities at venues throughout the capital.
25 to 29. Fleadh Nua 2000, Ennis, County Clare. Festival of
traditional music, song and dance; concerts, street and pub
sessions, workshops, storytelling, lectures, films, competitions,
26 to 28. Sligo Arts Festival, Sligo. Community-based, festival
over three weekends; world music, theater, visual arts, street
entertainment, fringe events.
2 to 5, 9 to 11. Sligo Arts Festival. (See Above)
9 to 11. Walled City Festival, Derry. Millennium celebration;
civic parade, homecoming festival.
16. Bloomsday, Sandycove, County Dublin. Annual event at the
James Joyce Museum celebrates all things Joycean.
19 to 30. Galway Arts Festival, Galway. Performing and visual
arts; Irish and international theater, street spectacle, music,
visual arts, literary and children's events, nighttime parade.
11 to 20. Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny. Classical music at
St. Canice's cathedral, visual arts in the ruins of Kells Priory,
outdoor theater in a quarry, readings, events for children, jazz,
25 to 27. Fleadh Cheoil, Enniscorthy, County Wexford.
Celebration of Irish traditional music; nearly 150 competitions for
soloists, choral and dance groups, jam sessions.
1 to 3. Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival, Omagh, County
Tyrone. Musical gathering celebrates the Ulster-Scots origins of
Appalachian music; Ulster-American Folk Park.
19 to Nov. 5. Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford. International
artists perform in three major opera productions; recitals, opera
scenes and lectures.
27 to 30. Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Cork. Top name artists
perform; nonstop jazz in more than 60 clubs, pubs and hotels;
workshops; master classes, and fringe events.
27 to Nov. 12. Belfast Festival at Queen's. Ireland's largest
arts festival; theater, dance, visual arts, music, literature and
film, jazz and comedy.
30 to 31. Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival, Derry.
Thousands dress in costume for Ireland's largest Halloween
10 to 11 (tentative). Northern Ireland Festival of Racing,
Lisburn. Top National Hunt horse racing event features the Ulster
Championship Chase and the Ulster Champion Hurdle; Down Royal
26 to 29. Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Major National Hunt
horse racing event and associated festivities; six miles outside