Imagine Arts Festival

Imagine Arts Festival is a unique celebration of the arts in Waterford happening late October of each year.

Imagine is a voluntary run festival providing over 100 events over 10 days.

Now in its 16th year, Imagine is one of Ireland's premier arts festivals

Imagine features live performances, exhibitions and interactive performances for people of all ages, including dance, film, visual art, theatre, spoken word and literature, as well as classical, contemporary and traditional music

We are delighted to have the Writers Weekend and the John Dwyer Trad Fest as part of Imagine 2017.

Imagine is proud to announce a new and exciting event to our calendar this year with Battle of the Blaas

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What to expect



Imagine's Full Line Up for 2017

With over 100 events to choose from.

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Battle of the Blaas
Blaa-Mageddon

Sunday 22 October, 1pm, The Apple Market


Something new and exciting is coming to Waterford during this years Imagine Festival.

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About the Festival

“The festival prides itself on its family-friendliness, A quick glance through the programme and you’ll find an array of options to keep the little ones entertained. With everything from children’s theatre to comic drawing workshops and Irish fairy stories, there’s lots to keep the kids happy”- Trivago UK



The Imagine Festival is an annual event which celebrates the arts in Waterford. Taking place in late October every year, it is now one of Ireland's premier arts festivals.

During Imagine Ireland's oldest city is the setting for work by the best of local, national and international artists and reflects all aspects of the arts. The festival includes the John Dwyer Traditional Music Weekend and is this year hosting the Waterford Writers Weekend for the first time.

Now in its 16th year Imagine features live performances, exhibitions and interactive performances for people of all ages, including dance,film, visual art, theatre, spoken word and literature, as well as classical,contemporary and traditional music. There are also events reflecting our cultural heritage and programmes for children and young people.


After 15 years of voluntary effort Imagine is now moving to a new level in programming, commissioning work, sponsorship and the development of new audiences. In 2016 the festival commissioned new work in a limited way as well as subsidising work by local companies. The commissioning of new work is considered to be central to creating a dynamic local arts scene with the aim of gaining national and international recognition. New work will help to consolidate the present audience but will also serve to attract widespread interest from further afield.

Waterford is going through a very exciting stage in it's artistic development with the emergence of a whole new generation of writers, musicians, visual artists and filmmakers. This is the ideal opportunity for Imagine, through the commissioning of new work, to bring the Waterford arts scene to national attention.



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Support the Festival

Imagine Arts Festival is proud that over 60% of our events are provided at no cost to our audiences

You can support the festival by making a contribution to our wristband collections at free events

Help us keep Imagine events free & allow us to Imagine even more

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Volunteering - the heart of Imagine

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Ones To Watch

Yorkston Thorne Khan

Paul Howard



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