Spraoi International Street Arts Festival in Waterford

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For three days every year, the people of Waterford have a party – and everyone is invited!!! Spraoi International Street Arts Festival offers free street theatre, circus, dance, music, comedy and spectacle from around the world. This urban festival takes place in Waterford City on 2nd, 3rd & 4th August.

Spraoi International Street Arts Festival History

‘The idea back in 1993 was simply to have some fun and perhaps a little madness on a Summer Sunday. This initial idea materialised as a one-day event held on the streets of Waterford City. It was so successful that an idea grew; perhaps it could become an annual summer festival in Waterford? Thus began it all. And what has since developed is one of Ireland’s leading street arts companies: Spraoi.
Spraoi is now a well-established and renowned street theatre company. It is perhaps best known for its annual Spraoi Festival and Parade held every August Bank Holiday weekend. The Festival, devoted to Street Art has become a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike and attracts an over 100,000 people to Waterford City over its three days. So much so there is no longer an August Bank Holiday Weekend in Waterford, it’s now better known locally as “The Spraoi Weekend”.’

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