Ask anyone what Arklow is known for and they will tell you about the wonderful Music and Arts scene that thrives in every corner of the community. The Arklow Music Festival is a testament to this tradition and many young artists have cut their teeth at some stage by performing at the Arklow Music Festival.
One of Ireland’s best known competitive music festivals (or feiseanna) and for over 50 years it has provided a platform for individual and group performers of all ages in music, speech and drama, composition and creative writing. What differentiates the Arklow Music Festival is the sheer variety of competitions that are on offer. They include choir competitions, Verse Speaking and Dán Gaeilge, drama and group performances, instrumental music, and even original poem competitions.
The festival is held annually for nine days in March. It was described in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013) as ‘one of the largest events of its kind’. It has more than 150 competitions for singers, choirs, orchestras, and instrumentalists in string, woodwind, brass and piano categories and attracts the top talent from around Ireland to compete.