The 37th Carlow Arts Festival is taking place from June 10th – 19th. The festival is in three parts taking in writing, family fun, music, food, spoken word, visual art and much more set right in the heart of Carlow Town.

Incorporating the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas, June 10th-12th. The Barges on the Barrow is a floating mini-festival that will deliver a cargo of music and fun events at Carlow’s riverside towns from June 14-16. The final installment is The Big Weekender, June 16th-19th, will take place on the lawns of Carlow College St. Patricks with comedy, music, a food village and art, in the VISUAL centre.

The Big Weekender has already revealed some top Irish acts including Le Galaxie DJs, Hothouse Flowers, Lisa Lambe, David Kitt, Black Wing Bird, Treelan and BARQ.

Some of the comedy acts performing at Festival HQ Pavilion come from the award winning comedy rap of Abandoman, Foil, Arms and Hog and Aindreas De Staic.

Bring a picnic and watch the barges as they sail on the Barrow from south Carlow to Carlow Town with acts like the wonderful Little John Nee a.k.a Sparkplug Callaghan who will be joined by other musicians and performers at the ultimate unique small-scale pop-up festival.

The Borris Festival of Writing & Ideas is in it’s fifth year and will welcome speakers like Martin Amis, Chrissie Hynde, Michael Chabon, Joseph O’Neill, Bruce Robinson, Simon Callow, Rory Stewart, Lloyd Grossman, Dominic West & many more.

Much of the events are free but the festival organisers have several events like Tenner Thursday on June 16th and pay as you like for music performances to help fund the festival.

Carlow Arts Festival, the first big cultural event of Summer 2016, runs from Friday 10 June to Sunday 19 June. Visit www.carlowartsfestival.com for the full programme and ticket details.