Boyle Arts Festival is back!

After a three-year absence due to Covid, the Boyle Arts Festival has returned, kicking off with an official opening on Thursday, July 14th, and continuing until Saturday, July 23rd. With almost 50 events in store – including an impressive mix of live music, visual art, drama, comedy, interviews, workshops, storytelling, children’s events, poetry, science, readings, presentations and much more – the 2022 Boyle Arts Festival really is back with a bang!

The festival will be officially opened by Roscommon-native Hilary Beirne at 8 pm in King House, Boyle, on July 14th. The evening will be celebrated with a parade, which will feature performances by Music Generation Ireland and participants of the children’s craft, dance, and percussion workshops (which are running July 5th-8th, July 11th-14th, and July 11th-14th respectively as part of the festivities). All are welcome to attend.

Boyle Arts Festival is a ten-day celebration of the arts, including visual arts, music, drama, spoken word, and comedy. The festival was founded over thirty years ago. Run by a dedicated voluntary committee, the Boyle Arts Festival is committed to the provision of the performing and visual arts, aiming to present a culturally enriching schedule of visual arts, music, literature, drama and family events, featuring exponents of national and international significance. The festival seeks to make the arts more accessible to a broad range of people, to give prominence to young, emerging Irish artists, both visual and performing, and to link with local arts groups in programming and organising events.

The full programme of events being run as part of the 2022 festival is extensive, and can be found on the festival’s website, With musical performances by renowned Irish musicians and accomplished theatre groups, as well as a myriad of art exhibitions and spoken word events, there really is something for everyone. The festival also offers a host of events for children – outside of the workshops and opening parade, there will be also be a flea circus, storytelling with Louise Shanagher, and lots more.

Tickets are available for many of this year’s events and can be booked online via As a number of events are already heavily booked, organisers strongly advise people to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information, please visit, phone 089 9830448, email or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Boyle Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council, local sponsors, Roscommon Co. Council and Fáilte Ireland.