What appealed to me was the conviviality and the broad range of arts experiences at low cost running throughout the day. You could start with Booze Blaas and Banter (a uniquely Waterford event), carry on to a history talk and finish with a rare music gig in the evening and that was not to consider at all the arts exhibitions which usually escaped me.
This year, I am viewing the festival through the prism of a being a Waterford resident and involved in the team of volunteers assisting director Ollie Breslin. I am looking forward to blogging on the festival.
The festival programme is being launched this Thursday in the newly refurbished St Patrick's Church. The special guest invited to launch the programme is the esteemed editor of The Irish Times. Kevin O Sullivan hails from Tramore and it will be a rare opportunity to hear one of the most influential figures of the fourth estate off the page so to speak. See you there!