History & Timeline

The History of Spraoi

Not only did the meaning of the word perfectly describe the very essence of what Spraoi was to become, but it also rhymed perfectly with the first festival in 93.

The idea back in 1993 was simply to have some fun and perhaps a little madness on a Summer Sunday. This initial idea materialised as a one-day event held on the streets of Waterford City. It was so successful that an idea grew; perhaps it could become an annual summer festival in Waterford? Thus began it all. And what has since developed is one of Ireland’s leading street arts companies: Spraoi. Now, with over 20 years work in the are of spectacle, outdoor theatre, event and festival management and festival production, Spraoi has amassed a vast wealth of specialist skills and experience. 

In 2002 the company embarked on an ambitious project – to construct its own studios, the first purpose building in Ireland dedicated to the development of street art. With the support and assistance of the Arts Council of Ireland, Waterford City Council, other grants and public donations, Spraoi achieved its dream and moved into its new and permanent home at Carrickpherish, Waterford, in January 2003.

Spraoi is perhaps best known for the annual Spraoi Festival which takes over the city centre of Waterford for the entire August Bank Holiday Weekend, and which now attracts audiences in excess of 80,000 people to the city. To that extent, there is no longer an August Bank Holiday Weekend in Waterford, it’s now better known locally as “The Spraoi Weekend”. The Spraoi Festival concentrates on showcasing top quality national and international street arts and world music.

In 2009 Spraoi devised a new event, “Spraoi in the Park”, based in Waterford’s People Park, the centre piece of which was Spraoi’s own major annual production “The Spraoi Parade”. The Parade has become one of the biggest events of its kind in Ireland, involving approximately 300 participants, with large scale floats, costumes, props, lighting and special effects.

As a producer and programmer of high quality street theatre and spectacle Spraoi is regularly commissioned by many of Ireland’s leading festivals and organisations to provide event spectacle and services. Past and present clients include St Patricks Festivals in Dublin and Waterford, Cork City Council, Dublin City Council, Dublin Docklands Development Authority, the Opening Ceremony for Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture, the Bram Stoker Festival and Waterford’s Tall Ships Race in 2005 & 2011.

 

 

Spraoi Timeline

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  • The company was commissioned to produce a new piece of street theatre work for the inaugural Bram Stoker Festival at Halloween.  A large cast and crew traveled to Dublin to perform the promenade piece in Dublin Castle.
  • The Spraoi Festival heralded a return to the city centre streets, as a wet summer rained off the Peoples Park.  Acts from nine countries entertained the huge crowds, with twelve Irish premieres.  The newly refurbished Mall area of the city looked particularly well in the Sunday sunshine.
  • The Spraoi Parade 2012 “Light of my Life” returned to the dark and the night, on Sunday evening.
  • A new sponsor, Maxol,  was welcomed to the Plaza Stage, where three great days of live music attracted record crowds
  • St. Patrick’s Day 2012 saw the company in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Macroom.

2011

The Tall Ships Festival, Waterford 2011 was an enormous success for the County and Spraoi as we organised the ‘On Suir’ Entertainment for throughout the festival. 

St. Patricks Day Parades are always fun to partake in and Spraoi joined five places (Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Macroom and Ballina) in their celebrations for 2011.

The Three Sisters Project was successfully run as Spraoi’s artistic team worked with the public to produce the batches of replica stained-glass panels that were displayed at and co-produced by Eigse Arts Festival Carlow, Kilkenny Arts Festival and Spraoi International Street Arts Festival.

Spraoi Festival 2011 created a great buzz for the public. It was a weekend of fun, music, street performances and the famous Spraoi Parade. Over the weekend approximately 300 people volunteer to help during the free festival.

  • 2010

 ♦   Spraoi in the Park, now in it’s second year, is a huge success in early July, with a Big Top, childrens     art installations, music, Physics in the Field, GAA Play Away, WIT Science projects and the                 highlight, Spraoi’s 2010 Parade “Flights of Fantasy”

  • The Spraoi Festival attracts record crowds into the city over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  The sun does manage to shine for most of the event, allowing the large crowds to enjoy the huge array of entertainment.
  • Work begins on the Tall Ships Festival 2011 as Spraoi is commissioned to programme and produce the festival entertainment at the event.
  • In October the company works with Ballybricken Arts and Hertiage to produce “Stones & Bones”, a ghostly Halloween walk throught the streets of Waterford, recreating some of the ghoulish tales past from this ancient city.

2009

  • Spraoi devise a new Summer event for Waterford, “Spraoi in the Park”, based in and around the People’s Park ’s in the City. To be held over the first weekend of July, the highlight will be the annual Spraoi Parade.
  • Spraoi’s touring production “The Box” visits many leading festivals and events in Ireland, including The Big Day Out at St Patricks Festival, Dublin, the Volvo Ocean Going Race in Galway, and ArtsFest at Corkwaterford spraoi Institute of Technology.
  • The company provide programming and production services at the Dublin Docklands Maritime Festival once again, and once again the sun blazes from the sky for the three days.
  • It’s a busy St. Patricks Day for the company as they take part in four parades, Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Macroom. Approximately 150 cast and crew, most of whom are volunteers, are involved in the four shows.
  • And it’s also a busy Winter for the company, as they build sets and props for several productions, including “Aladdin” for Waterford Pantomime Society, “Beauty and the Beast” for Tipperary Musical Society and “Sive” for Waterford Dramatic Society.

Spraoi in the Park

  • The Spraoi Parade moves to a new date, a new time and a new route, Sunday afternoon on the streets surrounding the Peoples Park. “Mr. Menagerie and his Clockwork Creatures” is based on the theme of a traveling carnival led by Mr. Menagerie, the characters who work in it, the people who visit it and the amazing array of clockwork creatures, great and small, who are in it.
  • Architects of Air present their biggest Luminarium “Levity II”, inspired by the beauty of natural geometry and by Islamic architecture. This 800 sq metre inflatable sculpture made up of labyrinthine tunnels and inspiring spacious domes attracts huge crowds over the weekend.
  • “Flower Power”: Spraoi designs huge flower installations to act as the anchor point to this unique installation event. Children came along in their hundreds to make special flowers which they then signed and planted, adding to the maze of colour.
  • There’s also music, dance and activities for the whole family throughout Saturday and Sunday. At various areas in the park, and at various time, under the trees, beside the Café, in the bandstand, at the skatepark, there was always something to watch or listen to.waterford spraoi

Spraoi Festival

  • Once again the weather becomes a focal point as Spraoi battles through the rain to bring the festival to fruition. And the crowds turn out in their thousands, despite the weather.
  • One of Spraoi’s most popular acts ever, Transe Express, return with the Irish premiere of their new show “Mobile Oblique et Bancal”. 10,000 people see two very special shows on Spraoi Saturday, and watch in awe as an aerialist spins high in the air, under a canopy of drummers, suspended from a gigantic crane, with a perfect full moon as a backdrop.
  • The 2009 festival features acts from 11 countries, including several Irish  premieres.

2008

• Spraoi produce a new touring street theatre show “The Box”, a zany and hilarious piece of physical street theatre.  Directed by Dermot Quinn and designed by Mike Leahy, with an original soundtrack by Jamie Beamish, it attracts enthusiastic audiences when it appeared at several festivals throughout Ireland.  Complete with an original sound track, The Box draws it inspiration from a diverse range of imagery ranging from cold war sci-fi and espionage, to slapstick silent movies of the 1920’s.

• An extended and enlarged programme of street theatre and music is presented and produced by the company at the Dublin Docklands Maritime Festival, in blazing sunshine, in June.

• The 2008 festival features acts from 13 countries, and several Irish premieres, including the large scale street theatre production “Hydromania”, presented by one of Britain’s leading street spectacle  companies, Avanti Display, at the Waterford City Courthouse, and “The Station” by Bash St Theatre, which is co-commissioned by Spraoi in association with ten other international festivals.

• Spraoi’s 2008 own production for the Festival is inspired by the tradition of shipbuilding in Waterford, when the city was home to the largest steam ship fleets in the world, and shipyards dotted the riverbank, forging great ships from iron. Spraoi embarked on an epic production to celebrate this nearly forgotten time in the city’s history. “The Iron Tide” took to the streets on her maiden voyage at 9.30pm on Sunday, August 3rd.  Along the length of the Quay five docks awaited the arrival the great ship. Waterford’s quays are one of Europe’s great urban spaces, and it is this setting that was the inspiration for this unique one- off theatrical spectacle, celebrating the City and its heritage on a truly monumental scale.

• Spraoi features several Irish premieres, including Sienta La Cabeza from Spain, Italy’s Oplas Teatro with their stunning stilt choreography, the USA Breakdancers with their amazing dance moves and Mimbre with their stylish choreographed piece “Sprung”.

• Increased promenade performances are a major hit at the festival, with large scale walkabout performances by companies Close Act from Holland, Larkin’ About and Los Kaos from the UK, and Waterford Youth Arts with a specially commissioned piece, “The Rubbish Pirates

• For 2008 The Guinness Rhythm Route plays host to varying sounds from around the Globe. Highlights include The Red Stripe Band, with their unique blend of boogie woogie and jazz, and the stylish old time sound of the Fat 45s.

2007

• November sees Spraoi host the very successful “Perspectives” initiative, in association with Waterford Institute of Technology.  In what is hoped will become an annual event, a series of masterclasses and seminars takes place.  Artists from around Ireland, in both Street Arts and Theatre disciplines, attend the four-day exchange of ideas on various aspects of outdoor performance led by some of Europe’s leading practitioners.

• Spraoi is commissioned to produce a show for St. Patricks Festival Cork, while also performing shows in Dublin and Waterford, so March 17th is a busy one for the company.waterford spraoi

• The company programme and produce the shore-based performance and music elements of the Dublin Docklands Maritime Festival again in June.

Spraoi Festival

• Some of the worst weather excesses of “Summer 2007″ pours down on the Spraoi Festival, but rain doesn’t stop play.  Many performances are moved indoors or under marquees, but just about all the events happen in some form or other.

• One magical highlight is the John Roberts Square outdoor concert with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on Saturday night, when both band and audience get drenched together, but the show goes on to a rapturous ovation from the huge attendance.

• The Beat Stage on the WVW Plaza becomes a showcase for original bands, mostly from the city.  Saviours of Space, Ilya K, Gorbachov and Floyd Soul and the Wolf are just a few of the many acts who play over two days.

• The new AOL stage in John Roberts Square is a big hit, with Saturday afternoon crowds reaching an all time high, watching and listening to the varying sounds from the funky tunes of Scottish band Das Contras, to the Latin American rhythms of Havana Sôn, and the Irish traditional melodies of Two Time Polka.

• Several street theatre companies present new work at the festival,   including Avanti Display with “Stormbringer” and Ramshacklicious Theatre Co  with “The Road to Nowhere”.

2006

• Spraoi is commissioned to programme and produce the shore-based performance elements of the Dublin Docklands Maritime Festival in June. An international programme of street artists and world music is staged over three days and an estimated audience of 100,000 attends. This commission was secured for 2007 also.

• Also in June Spraoi co-presents a promenade production of the opera “Tosca” with the Theatre Royal, Waterford. Spraoi has specific responsibility for the design, presentation and performance elements of the outdoor aspect of the production, staged in a city centre location. “Tosca” adds considerable weight to Waterford’s artistic summer calendar and is a critical and box-office success.

• Spraoi continues to provide studio space for rehearsal and design and construction to other companies, artists and organisations on a regular basis. For example, three young emerging visual artists attached to the Waterford Institute of Technology use studio space to complete large-scale works associated with their Diploma Show.

• The company is busy again for St. Patrick’s Day, with large scale entries in both the Dublin and Waterford parades.

Spraoi Festival

• The Royal Drummers of Burundi headline a new location for the main stage on Saturday evening – John Roberts Square. Thunderous power, pure precision, amazing acrobatics and sheer rapture from one of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world.

• Spraoi in the Park: Saturday evening sees the festival move to the Peoples Park where huge crowds enjoy music and street theatre acts perform in brilliant sunshine. Waterford City Council re-open Wyse Park in the city centre and large crowds enjoy three days of programmed activity in the relaxed atmosphere of this family orientated space.

• An Irish street theatre company, Fidget Feet, are co-commissioned to produce a new large scale outdoor show “Wired and Free”.

• French company Delit de Façade take over the top floor windows of Sherwoods Electrical with another Irish Premiere to present a street show completely out of the ordinary.

• South African band Freshly Ground are a huge hit on the outdoor music stage and in the Festival Club.

• Spraoi Parade;  Waaargh! Monstrous monsters and panicking people are a good mix, particularly when Spraoi are involved. Hideous creatures born of Water, Earth, Wind and fire create havoc on the quays of the city

I• ndependent audience research was commissioned by Spraoi for the first time. Key findings included: 98% satisfied or very satisfied with the event, 18% were visitors to Waterford for Spraoi, and 68% said it was their third or more visit to the festival.

2005

• Spraoi produces its’ biggest show to date in January, Awakening, for the Opening Ceremony of Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture.   The show, on January 8th, takes place along the River Lee, spanning the main three city centre bridges of the city, and features an international team of designers, lighting specialists, sound engineers and pyrotechnicans.

• St. Patrick’s Day sees the company commissioned to provide a large scale entry for the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade once again.  Spraoi also take part in the Waterford parade, in partnership with Waterford City Council, while also designing and producing an entry in partnership with AOL.

• A busy summer beckons, with the company producing three festivals over a five week period.  As well as the Spraoi Festival, and Tráfest, Spraoi is commissioned to programme and produce the festival to coincide with the first ever visit of the International Tall Ships Sail Training Race to Waterford.   An estimated audience of over 400,000 people attends the event throughout the three days in July.

Spraoi Festival

• The largest, and most technically challenging show, ever brought to the city for the festival wows huge crowds over two nights of the festival as Transe Express present the Irish Premiere of “Les Maudits Sonnants”.

• German company Bangditos are another huge hit, with their fiery and watery production of  “The Guardian Angels”.

• Waterford Music Network’s “Teenage Kicks” stage, featuring young, original bands, is extended to two days, due to popular demand!

• Cuban band Asère, and English band The Magnets, are big hits on the outdoor stages.  The New Band stage moves to a new location on O’Connell Street.

• Spraoi Parade;  The Oz that Woz: Dorothy emerges from six decades of obscurity and finally decides to reveal the gritty truth, spill the beans, and kiss and tell all about her real time spent “Over the Rainbow”.

• Spraoi Parade;  The Oz that Woz: Dorothy emerges from six decades of obscurity and finally decides to reveal the gritty truth, spill the beans, and kiss and tell all about her real time spent “Over the Rainbow”.

2004

• Spraoi performs in three cities simultaneously, when the company participates in St Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Waterford, Cork and Dublin. It takes top honours in Waterford with Trash It, and in Dublin with Siege.

• Spraoi are commissioned to build more conference sets and this year add the G.A.A. to their list of clients.

waterford spraoi• Ireland welcomes twelve accession states into the E.U. Waterford welcomes Malta and Spraoi are commissioned to devise and manage the city’s celebrations. Included in the day’s schedule of events are Maltese folk group Etnika and Spraoi’s own production Knight Time.

• Spraoi provide the outdoor entertainment element for the visit of the E.U. Environment Ministers visit to Waterford.

• The company receives it biggest commission to date when invited to stage the Opening Ceremony for Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture celebrations scheduled for January 8th 2005.

Spraoi Festival

• The Festival basks in summer sunshine and draws record crowds to the city.

• Acts from Australia, France, Italy, Britain, Ireland, Germany, the U.S.A., Brazil and Zimbabwe take part.

• Local acts are again a major element of the festival, with big band, Opus Pocus, in particular, taking centre stage.

• This years parade, State of the Art, has a darker feel, and sees Spraoi take a look at the edgy side of a society which turns it back on the arts as mob rule takes over.

2003

•In February Spraoi move to it’s new home at CarrickPherish

• The first production to emerge from the Studios is Dream Train Steam Train, which takes the top award at St Patrick’s Day Festival, Dublin in March

• Several conference sets are commissioned and built by Spraoi in the Studios including the sets for the A.S.T.I. and P.O.A. annual conferences.

• Spraoi produce Speaking Stones, a show commissioned by Waterford City Council to celebrate 1000 years of the landmark building in the city, Reginald’s Tower.

• Spraoi use its new facility to full advantage when the company stages its first indoor production Jonah. Devised by Artistic Directors Dermot Quinn and Mike Leahy, the critically acclaimed show represents a new departure stylistically for the company.

Spraoi Festival

• Elixir, from France, stage a parade and evening performance as part of this year’s festival, to much acclaim.

• Urban Drum and Bass, from Switzerland, are a definite highlight with their unique style of bass and percussion.

• Norwegian accapella group Apes and Babes are a big hit on the Carlsberg Rhythm Route.

• The Spraoi parade Jinxed draws record crowds to the Quays.

 

2002

• Building work begins on the new 10,000 sq ft Spraoi Studios in Carrickpherish.

Bedbugs goes to St Patricks Day Festival Dublin with a cast and crew of 60waterford spraoi

• Spraoi begin a three year collaboration with Waterford Area Partnership, devising and running a series of workshops. Using the parade as a vehicle the workshops are aimed at arts development and social integration.

Spraoi Festival

• The Festival’s 10th Birthday. A collection of memorabilia, as well as a film showing highlights from the last ten years, is exhibited at the Theatre Royal for the duration of the festival.

Ten Tall Tales is the theme and title of the parade, a celebration of urban myth and little white lies, which draws an audience in excess of 60,000

• Spraoi and Waterford Youth Drama work together again this year to produce E-tales.

• Musiklab present an outdoor music production at Spraoi for the first time.

• Dream Engine present The Candle, a night-time, outdoor, aerial production

 

2001

• St. Patricks Day Festival is rescheduled due to the Foot and Mouth outbreak and takes place on May 20th. Spraoi take silver with their production 2001 - A Greek Odyssey.

• Waterford City Council lease a site at Carrickpherish on the outskirts of the city to Spraoi in order for the company to begin building a new, permanent, home. Planning permission is sought in December and a massive fund-raising campaign begins.

• The company secure several new contracts to undertake commercial projects, which include appearances at the Budweiser Irish Derby, the Mansion House in Dublin and the Guinness Hop Store.

Spraoi Festival

• The world famous London Community Gospel Choir visit the city for the festival and wow the huge audiences who come out to see them.

• Spraoi and Waterford Youth Drama, in association with The Arts Council, Waterford City Council and Waterford Youth Committee, combine to produce About Time, a dance/percussion project involving 63 young people who spend a month in workshops devising the piece.

• Spraoi parade By Hook or by Crooke sees the Quays of Waterford swept back in time, with crusty oul’ seadogs and giant squid, ghost ships and pirates, performing to the thunder and echo of cannon fire and the smell of gunpowder.

 

2000

• TráFest, the festival in Tramore, Co. Waterford which Spraoi helped to establish, grows from strength to strength, with the introduction of workshops, exhibitions and readings, to complement the ever-increasing music sessions.

• Spraoi employ five young full-time apprentices on a FAS Arts and Culture Scheme for a year.

• Les Géants Portés, a festival in Steenvorde, France sees the company bring their work to mainland Europe for the first time.

• Waterford City Council are asked to lease land to the company, and the Arts Council award Spraoi capital funding.

Spraoi Festival

• The Spraoi festivals’ first fringe event, sprÓg is born. Aimed specially at 4-8 year olds, the festival is based in Garter Lane Arts Centre and runs for five days, with performances and workshops. All shows are booked to capacity.

• A magical indoor world of light and colour, The Luminarium, visits the city. An inflatable, monumental labyrinth of tunnels, mazes and spacious domes, it has an immediate impact.

• The Spraoi parade Dr. Diabolical and his Doomsday Devices carves out a new route, down the Quay, to finish at Adelphi Wharf. An audience of 50,000 turn out to watch both this and Furnace, a show specially devised by the company, incorporating one of Waterford’s best known maritime landmarks, the dock crane.

 

1999

Sea of Temptation, Spraoi’s production for the St. Patricks Day Festival Parade in Dublin wins Best Overall Entry Award.

• In association with Millennium Festivals, Spraoi joins with Macnas and Bui Bolg to create Ghost Train for the Wexford Opera Festival in October. An old steam train is transformed into three separate performance areas and the show is staged on the Quays in Wexford.

• Spraoi is commissioned by the city of Waterford to stage Phoenix, a spectacular fire and light show, on the Quay, Waterford for Millennium Eve.waterford spraoi

Spraoi Festival

• Black Umfolosi from Zimbabwe wows the huge audiences in the city over the weekend. The festival programme in general includes, for the first time, a strong international element.

• Waterford Area Partnership and Spraoi undertake a series of community workshops, and the results of one project, with Ferrybank Women’s Community Group, sees a spectacular display of flags adorning the entrance to the city on the Festival weekend.

• To cope with the ever increasing audience size, a new parade route is devised, to take in Parnell Street, the Mall and the Quay. Time stands still for an hour and a half on Sunday evening as Time wends its way through the city. This year, it snows (!) as the company use snow machines and other special effects to great effect. An estimated audience of 40,000 become part of the whole experience.

 

1998

• Spraoi moves to a new base on The Glen, Waterford.

• The company is contracted by St. Patricks Day Parade, Dublin to design and construct a section of the national St. Patricks Day parade.

• A new Arts and Culture training scheme is undertaken in partnership with FAS, involving 15 trainees based in the Spraoi workshop for three months. This culminates in Alcatraz, a production at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, which attracts a capacity audience.

Spraoi Festival

• Spraoi Junior Drummers make their debut.

• New areas of the city, such as Cathedral Square, Alexander Street and Lady Lane are opened up to street theatre as the volume of street theatre acts and the size of the audience grows.

• It rains again – but just for the Parade on Sunday evening! It’s no deterrent, however, for the 30,000 strong crowd who turn out to watch Here Comes the Night, featuring all the things that night brings out; ghosts, ghouls, cats, nightmares, the moon ……… and the biggest firework display yet brings another great Spraoi to a close.

 

1997

• The largest section yet of the Waterford St. Patricks Day Parade is built by Spraoi, with commissions from companies including Waterford Crystal, Bausch & Lomb and Waterford City Council.

• Various workshops are undertaken by the company, including Home/School Liaison workshops between Spraoi and parents in St. Pauls National School and St. Saviours, Ballybeg.

Spraoi Festival

• The year of the rain – so torrential that the Sunday Street Carnival has to be brought indoors to various hotels, pubs and social centres.

waterford spraoi• The parade, Sleepstealers is postponed 24 hours, and finally takes to the streets, still under a downpour, on Monday evening. 25,000 people brave the weather to come out and watch.

• Acts from Africa, India, South America and all over Europe take part in the festival. Highlights include Abasindi from the Caribbean, the Chaski Inkas from South America, a local choir, Janus, and the trash percussion sound of Urban Strawberry Lunch.

• The Spraoi Festival wins The Jury’s Overall Achievement of the Year Award.

 

1996

• Spraoi office and workshop moves to the Auction Galleries (now Waterford Museum of Treasures).

• The company writes and produces Voodoo Nation involving twelve trainees as part of a FAS Arts and Culture course run by Spraoi.

• Spraoi take their work abroad for the first time when they are invited to take part in the Notting Hill Carnival, London. The company also visits several other festivals around Ireland.

Spraoi Festival

• Spraoi present their first street parade Ragnorak with a cast of 150, based on an ancient Norse legend. An estimated crowd of 20,000 turns out to watch the event, followed by a fireworks display, which takes place on the Sunday evening.

• Carlsberg are the new sponsors of the Rhythm Route

• Outdoor music sessions include Ebony Steelband on stage in Red Square and the Café Orchestra playing an exquisite set in the French Church.

• Taiko drumming band, Sen Ryo Taiko, travel from Japan to take part in the festival. Street theatre acts include Swamp Circus, Pat Bracken and Bui Bolg.

1995

• Spraoi brings it’s work outside Waterford for the first time when it visits the Cats Laugh Festival and the Kilkenny Arts Festival with specially commissioned shows.

• The company begins to provide training and workshop opportunities to community groups.

• The Spraoi Festival finally decides to anchor itself to the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Spraoi Festival

• The Spraoi production Bibelot is staged on Saturday evening, followed by a firework display. It attracts over 10,000 people to Red Square.

• The Sunday Street Carnival is added to the festival programme.

• Hoffmans Rhythm Route features The Frames, The Tallafornia Mandolin Band and The Prayer Boat.

• Percussion is once again a central theme with performances from The Belfast Carnival Band, Lambeg Drummers, Metronomes Steel Orchestra, Drogheda Samba Band and Spraoi Drummers.

• Streets and buildings are decorated with weird and wonderful creatures.

 

1994

• Spraoi’s first full-time staff begin work as twelve people are employed on a FAS Community Employment Scheme. The company is based in a former cattle shed on The Quay

• Spraoi takes part in Waterford St. Patricks Day Parade for the first time.

• The company begins to do other commercial work throughout the year, including interactive Christmas production, Darkwood

Spraoi Festival

• Based on rhythm in all its forms, with the Drogheda Samba Band, Different Drums of Derry and the Spraoi Drummers performing over three days.

Lighting the Walls becomes Spraoi’s most ambitious project to date, incorporating 200 volunteers and 500 flaming torches.

• Hoffmans Music Fringe is added to the programme. Bands appearing include Harmonious Wail, The Madrigal, the Freudian Slips and Lion’s Den.

• Macnas present Tribes on Sunday afternoon, with an estimated crowd of 15,000 people watching.

 

1993

• The first Spraoi Festival is officially launched and called “Summer Spraoi’93”.

• Footsbarn Theatre Company present “Romeo and Juliet” in a circus tent in Kilbarry Sports Centre.

• Macnas present “Noah’s Ark” on Sunday afternoon in the city centre.

• Spraoi present their first ever production “Africa to Arann” with percussion led by Tommy Hayes and choreography by Camila Dorcey.

• Live music sessions are held outside five city centre pubs after the parade on Sunday evening.

 

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