17/10/2011. News. Free To use Image. Countdown to 59th Annual Wexford Festival Fringe this Week. Dancers April Dowdall (16), Gavin Byrne (16) and ‘Butler’ Patrick O’Conner (17) getting in some rehearsal time at Curracloe Beach, Wexford ahead of their performance in the Oyster Lane Theatre group production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ which takes place during the 59th Wexford Festival Fringe; a 17 day celebration of music, song, dance and the arts which runs from October 20 to November 6, for details on the 250 events taking place see visitwexford.ie – photograph Patrick Browne
The 59th Wexford Festival Fringe opens with a giant fireworks display in Wexford town to announce 17 days of fantastic Fringe Festival events which run in tandem with the famous Wexford Festival Opera which is currently celebrating its 60th year.
Over 250 events will take place across the 17 days of the Fringe Festival with many taking place free of charge; organisers say the festival will attract approximately 18,000 visitors to the town.
Commenting on the upcoming festival, Wexford Festival Fringe Coordinator, Orla Nolan said, “This festival delivers the very best of Irish and international cultural experiences and it really offers something for all tastes and generations from an Art Exhibition with over 50 local and visiting artists showcasing their work, to Literary events to musical hits on stage and the many children’s events.
The festival takes place at a time of year which is typically seen as the close of the peak tourism season so it offers a huge economic boost to the town and environs.”
The opening ceremony fireworks display takes place at 7pm on Friday, October 21 on Wexford Quays and it’s a not to be missed spectacular for all the family. The Fringe Festival runs until November 6 and some of the many highlights include, live gigs, theatrical performances, photography and art exhibitions, literary recitals, dance, craft, children's and stre