Spraoi, pronounced spree, is the Irish word for fun, exuberance and celebration. The company is dedicated to the promotion, development and production of street theatre, and the festival regularly commissions and stages new street theatre work, both Irish and international, to be staged at the annual Spraoi Festival which is produced by the company on the August Bank Holiday weekend. The company also devises and produces new street theatre work in-house in it’s own studios, which was purpose built for the company, and are regularly commissioned by festivals and events in Ireland to stage productions.
Spraoi International Street Arts Festival has been staged in Waterford, Ireland, since 1993. For three days each year residents of this medieval city take to the streets and enjoy an international programme of street arts and spectacle. The festival is staged on August Bank Holiday Weekend, always marked by the first Monday in August. Waterford’s narrow medieval streets, squares, quays and historic buildings provide an atmospheric backdrop to Spraoi’s celebration of contemporary performance culture. The majority of the events are free and suitable for all ages.
Performers and musicians from around the world feature in the Spraoi programme each year, including a number of Irish premieres from national and international street theatre companies.
Spraoi produces its own work for the festival, The Spraoi Parade. The parade is designed and created at Spraoi’s Studios located in Waterford City. It features hundreds of costumed performers, exotic floats, live music, special-effects and is created by a core team of professional artists aided by a large corps of volunteers. Typically the parade is created in Spraoi’s Studios over a two to three month period prior to the festival. It attracts approximately 40,000 spectators and is staged along a 1.5 km route through Waterford’s historic city centre.
Spraoi is also an events management company, and the company now has vast experience in production, staging, logistics and programming, through their work over the years. Past and present clients include Dublin, Cork and Waterford City Councils, Tall Ships Festival Waterford 2005 and 2011, Dublin Docklands Festivals 2006-2010, St Patricks Festivals Cork, 2010-2013, National Bike Week, and Cork European Capital of Culture.
Spraoi is a professional not-for-profit arts organisation.
Spraoi Studios, Carrickpherish, Waterford, Ireland