Liss Ard Festival of Music, Literature, Drama & Food

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Country and Region IrelandCork
Type of Festival Drama, Literary, Music
Location of Festival Skibereen, County Cork, Ireland
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Liss Ard Estate
Skibereen, County Cork

Festival Description

Liss Ard was a boutique festival long before any of today’s smiliarly styled festivals were conceived of. Held in the grounds of a beautiful sprawling estate outside Skibereen in West Cork from 1997 to 1999 it attracted big acts such as Pulp, Will Oldham, Tindersticks, Nick Cave, Lou Reed and Patti Smith; along with hundreds of discerning punters. This August sees the return and rebirth of the Liss Ard Festival — an intimate camping festival with great music, inspiring literary works and a delicious healthy food fair.

In 2012 Liss Ard added a Literary Stage — where writers and poets celebrate the diversity of their craft. Situated in the heart of the West Cork food movement, the festival will also feature and pay tribute to the outstanding and creative food producers whose names are today synonymous with the best quality foods of Europe. West Cork boasts an un-spoilt countryside and a long, beautiful coastline, making it a natural haven for unique high quality foods.

A selection of festival treats will be on offer to cater for all tastes from handmade wood-fired pizzas to locally sourced barbecued meats to vegetarian stews and more, using selections of produce from locally made cheeses, artisan smoked fish, specialist charcuterie, baked goodies, and much more. With acres upon of acres of gardens and trails, woodland and lakeside walks, a waterfall garden, arboreturm, wildflower meadows and enchanting vistas around every corner — nature, the arts, music and fine food will come together in perfect harmony this August Bank Holiday weekend at Liss Ard. Camping tickets are available for those who wish to stay on site for the weekend and day tickets are available for those who just want to drop in to enjoy a lovely day out.

Festival Dates August 4 - 5, 2012
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