Tread Softly – Sligo Festival – 27th July to 8th August

Jack B Yeats

Why not visit Yeats Country! Tread Softly is a celebration of the full of the Yeats Family and takes place between the 27th of July and the 8th of August. There’s an impressive line up of events, and I’d heartily recommend ‘The Man in Woman’s Shoes’ by Mikel Murfi among others. You can see the full line up of events below…


Sligo’s Festival in Celebration of the Yeats Family

27th July – 8th August

The third Tread Softly… festival, celebrating the link between Sligo and the Yeats family will take place this year 27thJuly – 8th August.

The many dimensions of this family of famous artists – Nobel Prize winning poet William Butler, painter Jack B, embroiderer Susan and fine press printer Elizabeth – will be brought to life over two weeks of theatre, exhibitions, cinema, music, literary events, talks and tours, alongside a programme of children’s events.

This year’s festival’s theatrical highlights include performances of The Man in the Woman’s Shoes by Mikel Murfi and A Brief Taste of Lightening performed by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company.

An exhibition entitled Jack B Yeats The Music Has Come at the Model will look at his interest in song. The venue is also presenting a display of Norah McGuinness’s illustrations of William Butler Yeats, The Stories of Red Hanrahan and the Secret Rose, and the first comprehensive solo exhibition of work by Susan Hiller.

The Hamilton Gallery will be home to Confluence: A Merging by Janet Pearse, reflecting on her experiences in Ireland and India in recent years, and The Factory Foyer to Wandering Shades by Katie McDonagh, inspired by the ‘dance plays’ of W. B. Yeats, which were in turn influenced by Japanese Noh Theatre.

The Factory will also be the venue for one of the films featuring in the programme, Sanctuary by Blue Raincoat co-founder Malcolm Hamilton, based on the stage play of the same name.

Tread Softy… is an initiative of Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model, Yeats International Summer School and Sligo Live, supported by Fáilte Ireland and produced by Sligo Yeats Partnership.

For full information and programme details: Log onto or contact Sligo Tourist Office O’Connell Street Sligo on Tel: 071 91 61201

Ticket Booking: The Hawk’s Well, Temple Street, Sligo Tel: 071 9161526


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