Arts Office Supported Festivals

Arts Office Supported Festivals

Festivals supported by Meath County Council Arts office


Hinterland Festival

The Hinterland Festival, formally Hay, is a celebration of literature and arts held in Kells each summer. Hinterland celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists. Presenting a blend of literature, history, politics, sport, music, magic and all round fun, the Hinterland Festival has something for the whole family. Hosting series of history and book lectures and talks, child and adult art making workshops, exhibitions, pop-up bookshops, antique auctions, literary-crawls and more, the Hinterland Festival is a key event on the County Meath Cultural calendar.

Kells Type Trail

Kells Type Trail

Kells TypeTrail is produced by artist Mark Smith and his creative Kells Type Trail collective. They use the medium of lettering to turn Kells into a canvas of Type. Each year a word is selected and translated into a variety of languages. Through a series of collaborations and workshops these words are then interpreted by the TypeTrail team to bring an imaginative Typographic message to the streets of Kells. This takes the form of up to 30 indoor and outdoor art installations which form a walking trail around the town. Mostly temporary in nature, each year one piece is chosen as a Type Trail legacy piece with the long term objective of creating a permanent Type Trail presence in the town.

Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

Guth Gafa

Guth Gafa (meaning ‘captive voice’) is Ireland’s largest independent documentary film festival. Guth Gafa focuses on showcasing the latest award-winning international and Irish documentary films on thought-provoking subjects and promotes the art of great story-telling through film. The festival takes place in the magnificent and tranquil grounds of the 18th century Headfort House, a hidden gem close to the historic village of Kells, Co. Meath. The documentaries screened arouse debate and discussion. The filmmakers in attendance at Guth Gafa are invited to present their films and discuss them with the audiences, making the festival a great experience for any film or documentary lover.

O'Carolan Harp Festival

O’Carolan Harp Festival Nobber

The O’Carolan Harp Festival Nobber, is an annual three day festival held in the small village of Nobber, Co. Meath, Ireland, the birthplace of Ireland's most famous harper/composer Turlough O'Carolan. The aim of our festival is to celebrate Turlough O’Carolan, the blind harper, composer and poet, born in Nobber in 1670. Over our festival weekend seminars, lectures, traditional music concerts, harp and instrumental workshops, harp competitions, historical tours, art & craft exhibitions and a ceili are held. The O Carolan Harp Festival in Nobber is currently in its 31st year.