This year’s Carlow Arts Festival was another celebration of the many extraordinary riches the arts had to offer from national and international artists. One of them was an amazing performance on the streets of Carlow. Spraoi, the award-winning Irish performance company, created a vibrant street performance as part of the Carlow Arts Festival 2018.
The Spraoi Parade is now a landmark cultural event, one of the largest outdoor arts events in Ireland. It’s mesmerising, astonishing, exciting, a combination of giant creations, props and over 300 costumed performers. Spraoi International Festival Waterford has been running over 20 years and continues to amaze spectators each year.
This years` was the first show in Carlow. I love to watch the parades and the Spraoi parade was really magical.
Saturday night spectacle began at Carlow Town Hall and ended at Festival HQ at Carlow College. Fabulous birds hit Carlow streets as the light wanes, bringing the town to witness R.S.A.G…. and Fireworks at the Festival HQ. Birds celebrate nature and river life with a combustible mix of music, stunning floats and energetic performance. Leaders in Irish street-arts, Spraoi showcased local talent as part of this celebratory performance.
I made a video (you can find it on my YouTube channel), and below you will find the photos from this amazing performance.