African Drumming Workshop with Anthony McNamee

Westival Hub Old Dunnes Stores Building, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co. Mayo

Anthony Mc Namee invites you to join him for a Djembe African drum Jam an exploration of rhythm using African drums and percussion instruments. Bring the whole family to enjoy playing African drums together and learning some rhythms from around the world. Instruments provided. Workshop suited for all ages no previous experience required.

€15.00 – €20.00

Hula Hoop Make & Do Workshop

Westival Hub Old Dunnes Stores Building, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co. Mayo

Westival invites you to take part in this hula hoop making and trick workshop with the wonderful Stevie Wilson! Suitable for ages (10-105) 30/40 minutes - making  30 minutes - learning tricks 


Staff Making Workshop With Gavin Quinn

Westival Hub Old Dunnes Stores Building, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co. Mayo

 Westival invites you to take part in this staff making and trick workshop with the great Gavin Quinn!  Single fire staff spinning is often done at quite high speeds and involves throws and sometimes acrobatics. Combining single fire staff spinning with dance helps to create even more impressive performances. This type of staff spinning is the best place […]


Lucy Caldwell & Jan Carson

Hewetson Bros Bar 19 Bridge Street, Westport

Two of Belfast’s best-loved writers return to BIAF to discuss the art of the short story. Lucy Caldwell’s new collection Intimacies: More Stories follows her much-lauded last collection of stories Multitudes, and affirms her status as one of our finest practitioners of short fiction. It explores the challenges faced by young women today, from the […]



Why not join The Curly Organ for a bop on the streets to your favourite music with a bunch of like minded loons, in the comfort of your own head. Lets get silly!!  Headphones are provided. All Ages Welcome Venue: Shambles Lane Bridge Street

€8.00 – €10.00

Maya Bauer – ‘Connected’ Photography Exhibition Launch & Open-Mic Singing & Storytelling Event

McGings Bar High Street Westport High Street, Westport

This is a special launch of Maya Bauer's wonderful photographic exhibition in McGings at 5.00pm on Sunday 24th October. This cosy fireside session will encourage folk to share their own stories, songs and memories from the bog as part of an open-mic singing & storytelling event. Andrew Lawlor and John Downing will also be performing at […]

Séamas O’Reilly & Lucy Mangan

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Two striking takes on family life, told with humour and affection. Séamas O’Reilly’s Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? is a memoir about how the author and his ten siblings - not forgetting their father - survived following the death of their mother when Séamas was five, all set against the backdrop of Northern Ireland in […]


Boy Out The City – Declan Bennett

Clew Bay Hotel James Street, Westport

Boy Out The City. An intimate, autobiographical show written and performed by Declan Bennett (Once, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fatherland, Kiss of the Spiderwoman). Follow Dec as he moves out of the Big Smoke to a sleepy Oxfordshire village and struggles to adapt to life alone in the pandemic. Through countless sleepless nights, we delve into Dec’s […]


Bog Bodies @ Mc Gings

Bog Bodies are a heavy folk outfit (often dubbed “Bog Rock” or “Druid Rock”) formed by Irish singer-songwriter and archaeologist Dan Maher. Joined live by renowned Irish Traditional musicians Ciara O'Donnell, and Pio Ryan. Their genre-bending, high-energy folk sound is inspired by Dan’s close study and appreciation of ancient culture, pulling songs from the ether […]

Free Event

Cosmic Sound Immersion @ Westival Hub

Westival Hub Old Dunnes Stores Building, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co. Mayo

Sitting In Sound - An Immersive Experience through the Healing Art of Sound that will gently vibrate every cell in your body: offering a profound sense of connection and bliss A Surround Sound Experience unlike any other. A live sound experience that will gently vibrate every cell in your body: offering a profound sense of […]


Westival Wind Down – The Cobblers Sessions

Cobblers Bar The Wyatt Hotel, The Octagon, Westport

The Cobbler's group started in 2008 as an ‘Improvers’ trad / folk session. The first venue was in the Clew Bay Hotel, then The Islander Bar, then Hobans, and it had settled in Cobbler's Bar in the Wyatt Hotel way before the COVID pandemic. It has been a regular Thursday night slot in many peoples’ […]

Free Event

Communities in Collaboration with Graham Sweeney

Clare Island Co Mayo

Time to be confirmed Clare Island boasts a rich cultural heritage and a raft of craftspeople, artists musicians and dancers- and Westival is once again reaching across the water to embrace this creative spirit. This year, our very own Graham Sweeney will be performing an intimate gig in the lighthouse, followed by a collaborative music […]


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