Spraoi International Street Arts Festival has been staged in Waterford, Ireland, since 1993. For three days each year residents of this medieval city take to the streets and enjoy an international programme of street arts and spectacle. Waterford’s narrow medieval streets, squares, quays and historic buildings provide an atmospheric backdrop to Spraoi’s celebration of contemporary performance culture. The majority of the events are free and suitable for all ages.
Spraoi International Street Arts Festival
Waterford City, Ireland – July 29, 30, 31 – 2022
Ireland’s Premiere Street Party Returns!
Ireland’s premiere street arts party transforms Waterford into a giant stage on August Bank Holiday Weekend. The 30th Spraoi Festival returns featuring artists from around the world. With all events free a Spin to Spraoi offers visitors an irresistible summer party invitation.
Opening on Friday, July 29th, with a stunning evening show by French spectacle specialists Mécanique Vivante Spraoi unveils three days of street festivities before climaxing on Sunday, July 31st, with the spectacular Spraoi Parade followed by fireworks launched from the River Suir.
Spraoi is the Irish word for fun and exuberance. Audiences agree, and are expected to pack streets in Ireland’s oldest city and be entertained by international musicians, circus and street arts performers. Around every corner something imaginative awaits audiences of all ages with free entertainment and attractions day and night.
Audiences can access performances throughout the city centre each afternoon. The city’s narrow streets and medieval buildings provide a magical environment for sights, sounds and imaginative encounters for families.
At night popular city outdoor food and drinks venues will host pulsing music performances, bringing a sense of European café culture for revelers and party-people.
On Sunday evening the Spraoi Parade featuring hundreds of costumed performers and fabulous floats will weave through the city’s streets and quays. The parade is one of Ireland’s summer highlights and a must-see event on all holiday bucket-lists.
This is the 30th Spraoi Festival and is likely to be the summer’s biggest birthday party. !
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The Guardian newspaper described Spraoi thus: “Spraoi festival is a free urban festival in beautiful Waterford in the south-east of Ireland. It attracts nearly 100,000 people and the city streets act as a stage for acts from around the world.” The Guardian (UK Edition)