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Halloween Lantern Parade by Tom Meskell

Halloween Lantern Parade by Tom Meskell

Join over 120 children who have created their very own lantern with artist Tom Meskell to guide them through the mean streets of Westport in our Halloween Parade. 
Hope for Tomorrow by Chanelle Walshe

Hope for Tomorrow by Chanelle Walshe

Town Hall Theatre Gallery, daily 12 pm – 6 pm. Opening reception, Wednesday 24th at 4 pm Town Hall Theatre Chanelle Walshe’s paintings reflect ...
Yarns for Youngsters

Yarns for Youngsters

In this special Halloween event for young festival patrons, extracts from Heinrich Hoffman’s 1845 bedtime classic Struwwelpeter are read by Eileen O’Mara Walsh. A collection of madcap morality fables that are far from cutesy, this hilarious book revels in the dire consequences suffered by children who misbehave.
Lego Competition

Lego Competition

BrickX Club Mayo is back with Westivals’ annual Lego Competition. This year’s theme is ‘Home’. The competition is open to 4-16 year-olds.

Westival + Clare Island - Communities in Collaboration Project

Westival + Clare Island - Communities in Collaboration Project

Workshops, readings and music by the fire in one of Irelands most beautiful and creative spaces, Clare Island.
‘How to Haiku’ A drop-in clinic with Roberta Beary

‘How to Haiku’ A drop-in clinic with Roberta Beary

Ever wondered about Haiku? Want to write one? Head to this drop-in haiku clinic and try your hand at the traditional Japanese ‘one-breath poem’ composed with seventeen syllables over three lines.
'Wishbone Moon’ - A collection of International Women’s Haiku

'Wishbone Moon’ - A collection of International Women’s Haiku

Join us for the launch of this groundbreaking anthology of haiku by women from six continents.
Flash Mob Fiction

Flash Mob Fiction

Anytime on Friday, Saturday + Sunday. Surprise locations all over Westport FREE Westival witches of words Kate Carty...
Open Mic and Poetry Competition

Open Mic and Poetry Competition

A stalwart of the festival, this Open Mic event draws poets and musicians from all over to perform their work at The Creel at Westport Quay. 
Westival Goes Walkabout

Westival Goes Walkabout

A walking roaming, pop up open mic afternoon with Terry McDonagh in the butcher, bakers & candlestick makers.
Free Market - Architectural Talk & Lunch with Orla Murphy

Free Market - Architectural Talk & Lunch with Orla Murphy

Small town marketplaces, once the economic and social hubs of rural Ireland, have undergone fundamental change and many have seen their function as places of exchange and congregation diminished. Free Market proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community.
Clew Bay Folk Club - Westival Special

Clew Bay Folk Club - Westival Special

‘Not a gig. Not a session. A space to play and to listen.' Essentially, it’s an open mic with the people of Westport. And sure, you never know who might show up!