Manorhamilton, Ireland

25th - 28th August 2016


Five Glens Arts festival

A fine seam of creativity

The Five Glens Arts festival was created in response to the profound level of creativity which runs in a fine seam through the entire North West of Ireland.  The Arts in all of their formats are alive and very well in this part of the world with the concentration of professional creative practitioners not found elsewhere across Europe. Here in Irelands North West, tucked away in the mystical lands of North Leitrim, you will find the market town of Manorhamilton. It is nestled at the very heart of The Five Glens of Leitrim, Glenfarne, Glenade, Glenboy, Glenaniff and Glencar. These glens have always been alive with artistic endeavour and enterprise. The Festival is a celebration of the arts in their myriad forms and is a reflection on the profound level of creativity which is to be found in this special place.  We celebrate the Visual Arts, Literature and Poetry, Dance, Theatre, great food and of course Music throughout the weekend with local, national and internationally advertised events. Come and experience the talent brought to you by these artists in what has proven to be a great weekend to mark the last days of summer.



the Dermot Healy
International Poetry Award

The DermotHealy International Poetry Award will be judged by Kevin Barry at the Glens Centre and will be one of the many free events happening this year.

Peter Fallon - 2015

Peter Fallon - 2015

Poetry Award 2015

Poetry Award 2015

...and he suddenly opened his eyes and stared straight ahead into an empty space till slowly we returned into view. I can make small talk, he said slowly, I can do that but out of the corner of my eye I can see the dark approaching.
— Dermot Healy

Music & Theatre

Get in the Groove

This year we celebrate music with The Foghorns and Kila playing at the festival club in the StoneYard at LSC, then a Ceili for all the family at the Bee Park. Theatre will come alive with productions by Splodar. 



The best trad eight piece a back to home to rip it up at The Five Glens Arts Festival.

The Foghorns

"Cameron takes on the ‘look at me’ America where our most precious, intimate moments are rendered irrelevant, unless photos are posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Thankfully, his music has the humility to make it seem like everything’s going to be okay. Listen to The Foghorns and momentarily believe that a decent job is at hand, sexual intimacy lingers just around the corner and movies starring a brooding, indifferent teenager portraying a vampire will cease to exist.” The Huffington Post


Splódar is the resident drama company in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. The company was established when the centre opened in 1995. Their objective is the production of high quailty drama in Irish and English. 



Get ready to dance, dance, dance at The Five Glens Arts Festival hoping Ceili night. 

To buy tickets please go to The Glens Centre website whre all events can be booked.

Jim Fee sand casting workshop.JPG



Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim


Accommodation are available in town..... Book book a room, pitch a tent, or simply sleep under the stars....