About the Festival

October 1st – October 17th 2021

Réamhrá | Introduction

Welcome to the 21st. annual Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival and a tentative return to live theatre, music and literary performances, for the first time in over eighteen months. While last year’s Festival was a totally online affair, this year’s programme of new and revived theatre works, music performances and literary events, may be enjoyed live, in person and safely, in venues in Ballyshannon, Donegal Town and Ballybofey, from Friday, October 1st. to Sunday, October 17th.

The Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival is presented annually by Donegal County Council Culture Division.  It is funded by Donegal County Council in partnership with The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon.

In that respect, we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the following –

Ailis McIntyre, Linda Michael Daly, Abbey Arts and Cultural Centre, Ballyshannon. Conor Malone, Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey. Maura Logue, Dark Daughter Productions. Denise Blake, Literary Programme Curator. Margaret Hannon. Shirley Anne Bonner. Celine McGlynn, Leah Fairman and the Frances Browne Literary Festival Committee. Patricia McBride, An Grianán Theatre. Rab Cherry, Cairdeas na bhFidléirí. Deborah Cunningham, Mountcharles Opera Festival. Keith Mannion, Patsy O’Kane. Roseanne Lynch, Darn Skippy. John Travers, Ballyshannon Drama Society. Kieran Quinn, Hillary Scanlan, Caroline Bell, Balor DCA/Balor Rep Theatre Company. Craobh Phil Rooney Comhaltas Cheoltóirí Éireann. Caoimhín MacAoidh. Dean Maywood, Ghostlight Sessions, Balor Arts Centre.

Mary Crawford, The Right Angle PR. Frances Friel, Donegal County Council Communications Officer. Máire Ní Fhearraigh, Tourism Unit, Donegal County Council. Karen Sheehy, Donegal County Council Culture Division/County Library. Tommy Callaghan, Manna Design.