Photo by Colin Shanahan – DigiCol Photography & Media Productions (c) 2017 –

Spraoi, in partnership with ISACS, will present new work from emerging street artists based in Ireland. The NEST shows will be presented on both Friday and Saturday evenings. 

N.E.S.T is a mentoring initiative offering new emerging street artists the opportunity to develop new work and present it to a public audience in a nurturing environment. It heightens the artists profile among programmers, national and international, and provides ongoing mentoring, support and guidance.  Now in its third year, artists who have premiered new work under the NEST umbrella have toured these shows nationally and internationally. Two of the 2017 artists Tom Campbell and Severine De Maleingreau secured artistic residencies this summer with European festivals in The Netherlands and Italy. 

Spraoi has become, in effect, an incubator-hub for Irish based talent, which is a tremendous achievement for the festival and the city.

The 2018 acts will be under the mentorship of Simon Thompson, from Clown Noir.

Friday – Constitution Square 7.30pm

Saturday – Cathedral Square 7.30pm





‘Play me a song that will bubble my blood and breathe life into hollows both long and forgot’.

Resonances is made with rebellion in its heart, self-reflection in its mind and music in its soul. Three artists from Belfast have created this social commentary dealing with some of the damaging aspects of our culture. The show is a mixture of circus techniques including acrobatics, slack rope, and cyr wheel with theatre, poetry, dance and live traditional Irish music. 

Resonances will leave you with your heart in your mouth with its combination of fiery encounters and heart-warming moments with mesmerising acrobatic feats woven into the tapestry of the story. ‘See the threads that create your tapestry’


Turas Theatre Collective



A visually spectacular and enthralling tale of three characters whose lives have been disrupted, and who find themselves alone and homeless. The story interweaves the characters’ pasts with their hope for the future in a beautifully choreographed performance.  A moving and powerful meditation on displacement, the show is a response to the performers’ personal experiences of working in refugee camps with the organization Clowns Without Borders.

Turas Theatre Collective are based in the west of Ireland and create high quality, innovative and original street theatre. Blending movement, physical theatre and soundscape they tell stories in a unique way, taking their audience on a compelling journey into a world of stunning imagery and sound.

Remnants is a site specific street theatre show – the audience arrive at a meeting point and walk with the performers to the performance location. 

Advisory viewing age 10+

Artists:  Debbie Wright, Helen Gregg and Jonathan Gunni.