Welcome To Westival - formerly known as Westport Arts Festival
Conor Wilson, Festival Director
Join us from October 24th - 29th in wonderful Westport. Co, Mayo, where we will be welcoming audiences, performers and artists to take a front row seat on the cusp of creativity along the Wild Atlantic Way. This years programme will be released in early August and will showcase a festival filled with live music, world class theatre, artistic adventures, family friendly events, visual arts and free performances for all the family. You will find everything you need to know about the festival on our info page here.
Literature has been a core strand of our festival since its inception in 1976. A recent highlight of the festival has been the increasingly popular poetry competition which has attracted a huge number of entries and is judged this year by renowned poets John McAuliffe and Ger Reidy. To mark the poetry competitions fifteenth year, this year's winner will be awarded a first prize of €1,000. Short-listed poets will be invited to attend the prize giving evening to read from their work.