Park Life - Sunday

The beating heart of our festival every year - Saturday & Sunday in our beautiful Con Smith Park, Cathedral Road, Cavan Town. Parking available right next door at Cavan Institute.

Sunday 19th May, 10.30am
Starts & Finishes at The Playground, Con Smith Park

Pedal Parade

Saddle Up! Ginormous Disco Bikes, Penny Farthings, Unicycles,Trick Bikes, Tiny Circus Bikes… If it goes by pedal power we’ve got it. So get on your bike and join us!

Sunday 19th May, 11am
Con Smith Park, Cavan​

Yoga for Creativity

Suitable for all levels, bring your own mat.

Sunday 19th May, 11am-4pm
Cavan Institute, Block A

Creative Collective Exhibition

Step into a world of boundless creativity at Creative Collectives 2024, where innovation meets imagination! This exhibition showcases the remarkable talent of students across various disciplines, offering an enticing glimpse into the diverse and dynamic landscape of student artistry. From captivating paintings to forward thinking designs, engaging digital animations to cutting edge fashion ensembles, experience a journey of exploration and discovery. Join us and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Creative Collectives 2024.

Sunday 19th May, 11:30am
Con Smith Park, Cavan​

Mad Hatters Tea Party with the Ukrainian Choir

Step into the whimsical world of Wonderland with the Mad Hatter & a host of colourful characters as they journey through a fantastical adventure on their way to a Tea Party like never before. Get ready to lose yourself in a world where imagination reigns supreme and adventure awaits around every corner!

Sunday 19th May, 11:30am-2pm
Small Tent | Cavan Arts Festival
Small Top Tent, Con Smith Park

Cavan Cinema

Enter the magical world of our Oooodjus Odeon, our very own festival cinema tent! Enjoy short films from film artists.

Sunday 19th May, 12pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park

Virginia Gospel Choir

Virginia Gospel Choir are a community choir based in Virginia, Co. Cavan. Founded in 2005, they have brought their uplifting voices and joyous melodies to the congregation of St Mary's Church Virginia on the second Sunday of every month as well as at the annual Darkness Into Light event, nursing homes & weddings.

Sunday 19th May, 12:30pm
Con Smith Park, Cavan​

What’s Watt by Symmetry Circus

What's Watt!? Old and young gather round. This delightful treat will have you spellbound. For it is the grand unveiling of a new fangled, slightly mangled kinetic motion machine!!

Sunday 19th May, 1:30pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park

Neurodiversity in the Arts
- A Panel Discussion

Join us for this very special gathering of artists as they share their fascinating and inspiring stories of their work & experiences. Discussion by Cian Binchy, Jody O'Neill & Alan James Burns.

Irish Sign language interpretation 2 | Cavan Arts Festival
Sunday 19th May, 2-5pm
Con Smith Park, Cavan​

Bricí Spraoí

All your building blocks dreams come true.

Sunday 19th May, 3pm
Small Tent | Cavan Arts Festival
Small Top Tent, Con Smith Park


Ornithologist Seán Ronayne from Cobh, Co. Cork is on a mission to record the sound of every bird species in Ireland – that’s nearly 200 birds.

Birdsong is a 52-minute documentary film directed by Kathleen Harris and produced by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan for True Films. Join us for a screening of Birdsong, followed by a Q&A with the film's subject Seán Ronayne and director Kathleen Harris.

Tickets: €5

Sunday 19th May, 4:30pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park

The Ultimate Big Band Show & The Gonzo Ukulele Orchestra

Let the beautiful sounds of this 20 piece Jazz Orchestra melt you into a soulful Sunday afternoon.

This collection of skilled & passionate musicians have developed a gorgeous setlist from the heyday of the big band era, modern day composers and original compositions.
Sunday 19th May, 5pm
Starting point: Look for the red heart-shaped helium balloon in Con Smith Park

Love Me Do by James O'Donnell

Join Kate & Mick as they take you on a journey of romance, drama, comedy & heartbreak on the streets of Cavan. Love Me Do, written & directed by James O’Donnell, starring Niamh McPhillips & Callum Maxwell is a play in three parts, each lasting 15 minutes. You will be notified where to meet next at the end of each part. Every half hour, you will see another chapter of their story unfold, until the final curtain falls.

Tickets: €10. Strictly limited to 20 per performance. Over 16’s only.
Sunday 19th May, 7:30pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park

Marcus Magee & The Hollaw Men

Following great success in 2023, Marcus Magee & The Hollaw Men are delighted to have their Cavan launch night of their debut album “Rising from the Hollaw” at the Cavan Arts Festival.

Tickets: €20.00 (+€1 Booking fee)

Sunday 19th May
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Land Arts Installation

Cavan Arts Festival
Artists in Residence 2024
Zoe Purcell & Sharon Greene

Working with sustainably and locally foraged natural materials, artists Zoe & Sharon are creating site-responsive land art during the festival weekend. Please feel free to watch, enjoy & ask questions.

Join them at the bandstand at 12pm on Sunday 19th May to take part in their mandala making workshop. All ages welcome, free event.

Sunday 19th May
Con Smith Park, Cavan

The Picture Palace: Part 2

Step into the ethereal realm of The Picture Palace: Part 2, a new dance film created by Jessie Keenan, Townhall Cavan’s Dance Artist in Residence. This new work delves into the complex relationship between bodies, buildings & memories with Cavan’s Townhall as the backdrop. Within the historic walls of the Townhall, echoes of the past come alive as three captivating characters explore hidden memories & forgotten moments. Drawing on archival materials, research & personal histories, this film installation makes tangible the intangible & captures the unseen essence of a building. Take a seat, allow the intricate soundscape to immerse you, & lose yourself in another world, if only for a moment.

Sunday 19th May
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Skate Jam with Cavan Concrete Surfing

CAF are delighted to be teaming up with @cavanconretesurfing again this year.

Try skating! Come and have a go at our Drop-in welcoming & supportive have-a-try workshops for the beautiful skill of skating.

Sunday 19th May
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Forest Feast Food Area

Join us for a fabulous selection of some incredibly tasty food from Oven Baked pizza to Fresh Sushi, Mouth watering burgers to hand made hot dogs, coffees, cakes, vegetarian options & refreshing treats - you name it we have it this year in our forest feast area.

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Official Cavan Arts Festival Programme 2024

A magical four days & nights of art & culture in the heart of Cavan Town