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JANUARY
29 December 2020–Summer 2021: Temple Bar TradFest, Online
8–12 Jan: APAP, New York
10–17 Jan: Dublin Bowie Festival, Dublin
13–16 Jan: Eurosonic Noorderslag, Groningen
15 Jan–2 Feb: Celtic Connections, Glasgow
16–20 Jan: Shannonside Winter Music Festival
22–24 Jan: Music for Galway Midwinter Festival, Galway
25 29 Jan: The Irish Times Winter Nights Festival, Online

FEBRUARY
5 February–19 March: Imbolc International Music Festival, Online
6–7 Feb: Féile na Tána, Carlingford, Co. Louth

MARCH
314 March: Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival
4 March: RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Dublin
5–7 March: Ennis Bookclub Festival, Ennis
5–8 March: Finding a Voice, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
10–12 March: Association of British Orchestras Annual Conference
11–14 March: Fingal International Festival of Voices
15 March: Grammy Awards
16–20 March: SXSW, Austin, Texas
17–21 March: Borealis, Bergen
18–25 March: Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee
20–21 March, Limerick Early Music Festival
2528 March: Walled City Music Festival,
Online
25–31 March: Cellissimo Festival, Galway
27–28 March: 
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, Online
25 March–5 April: Baden-Baden Easter Festival, Berlin

APRIL 
1–30 April: 
Counterflows, Glasgow
23 April: Mozart Festival at Triskel, Online

16–18 April: Baltimore Irish Trad Fest, USA
7–10 April: Cruinniú na bhFlúit, Online
8–11 April: Consairtín, Ennis, Co. Clare
14–18 April: We Sing For the Future, Louth Contemporary Music Society
15–23 April: MusicTown, Dublin
19 April–2 May: RIAM ChamberFest Dublin 2021, Online

21–25 April: Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Online
2223 April: Worldwide Music Conference, Online
23–25 April: Eye on the Edge, Galway 2020 Online
23–26 April: New Music Dublin, National Concert Hall, Dublin
28 April–2 May: Cork International Choral Festival
30 April–3 May: Féile Chois Cuain, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
30 April–3 May: Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Online

MAY
13 May: Sligo International Chamber Music Festival, Online

7–9 May:
Rolling Loud, Miami
12–15 May:
The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
13–16 May: Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Cork
14–30 May: Norfolk & Norwich Festival
1417 May: Féile Róise Rua, Arranmore
14 May12 June: Dresden Music Festival, Dresden
11 May: The BRIT Awards
18–30 May: Dublin Dance Festival
20 May–14 June: West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival
20–30 May: International Literature Festival
20 May–29 Aug: Glyndebourne Festival
21–23 May: Galway Early Music Festival
22–23 May: Marvellous Island, Plage de Vaires-Torcy, Paris
26 May–9 June: Bergen International Festival
27–30 May: Orkney Folk Festival
28 May: UK Garage Fest
28 May–25 July: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, Co. Cork

JUNE
1 June–3 Aug: 
Longborough Festival OperaGloucestershire
2–4 June:
Primavera Pro, Barcelona
4–6 June: Killaloe Music Festival

4–13 June: Carlow Arts Festival
5 June: Roots Picnic, Philadelphia
5 June–4 August: Waltham Forest Cello Fest, London
10–14 June: Minnesota Irish Music Weekend
11–13 June:
Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Co. Mayo
11–13 June: Waterford International Organ Festival 
1120 June: Leipzig Bachfest, Germany
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1–13 June: Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas, Carlow
11–20 June: The Grand Stretch, Ireland
12 June: Cruinniú na nÓg, Online

12–19 June:
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
14–27 June:
Cork Midsummer Festival
16–20 June: Pipeworks Festival: Pipeworks from the Organ Loft 2.0
17–20 June: Spannungen Festival, Germany

17–21 June: Dublin International Chamber Music Festival (formerly Great Music in Irish Houses)

25–27 June:
Black Deer Festival, Kent

19–20 June: Tradition Now, Dublin
21 June–1 July:
Blas – International Summer School of Irish Traditonal Music and Dance, Limerick
25 June–3 July: Festival International de Jazz, Montreal
27 June–2 July: An Chúirt Chruitireachta – International Harp Festival, Online

JULY
1–7 July: Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales
2–4 July: Longitude, Dublin
2–11 July: Cheltenham Music Festival
3–11 July: 
Cairde Sligo Arts Festival
3–11 July: Clonmel Junction Festival
3–12 July: Irish Composition Summer School, Dublin
4–21 July: Manchester International Festival
5–7 July: Traidphicnic, An Spidéal, Co. Galway
5–7 July: Gooikoorts International Folk Festival, Belgium
5–7 July: New Music Biennial 2019, London
5–7 July: Forever Young Festival, Naas, Co. Kildare
611 July: Galway Film Fleadh
6–7 July: Audio Shoot – International Music Video and Film Festival, Murphy’s Barn, Wexford
6–14 July: Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
6–28 July: Music in the Mountains, Durango, Colorado
8–12 July: Kinsale Arts Weekend, Online
8–12 July: Ceol na Coille School of Irish Traditional Music, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
9–14 July: Halifax Jazz Festival, Canada
9–16 July: West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Cork
10–14 July: Carrick Water Music Festival, Carrick-on-Shannon
10–28 July: Earagail Arts Festival, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
12–14 July: Creepy Teepee, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
12–14 July: Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival, Driffield, Yorkshire
12–25 July: Galway International Arts Festival
14–20 July: South Sligo Summer School, Tubercurry, Co. Sligo
14–20 July: Catskills Irish Arts Week
1525 July: PODIUM Esslingen, Germany
17 July31 August: Salzburg Festival, Germany
18–27 July:
Boyle Arts Festival
18–21 July: Bluedot, Cheshire
19–21 July: Melt Festival, Berlin
19–21 July: Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
19–25 July: The Gerard Manley Hopkins 32nd International Festival, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
19 July–14 Sept: BBC Proms
19 July–1 Sept: Riga Jurmala Music Festival, Latvia
20–21 July: Claremorris Folk Festival, Co. Mayo
20–27 July: Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
21–27 July: Mad Week: Music and Dance Week, Bethesda, Maryland
21–28 July: Fiddler’s Green Festival, Rostrevor
2225 July: Somerset Folk Harp Festival, Online 
25–28 July: Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
25–28 July: WOMAD, Charlton Park, Wiltshire
25–29 July: Scoil na gCláirseach – Festival of Early Irish Harp (Online), Kilkenny
25 July–22 August: Dartington Music Summer School and Festival
25 July25 August: Bayreuth Festival, Germany
26–28 July:
Great Irish Arts Week, Frankfort, New York
27 July–3 Aug: Belfast TradFest
27 July: Folk on the Tyne, Sage Gateshead
30 July–1 August: Spraoi International Street Arts Festival, Waterford
30 July–1 August: All Together Now, Curraghmore, Waterford

AUGUST 
1–4 Aug: Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago
1–4 Aug: Cambridge Folk Festival
1–11 Aug: Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon
1–31 Aug: Open House Festival, Bangor
220 August: Tread Softly, Sligo
2–4 Aug: O’Carolan Harp Festival, Keadue, Co. Roscommon
2–9 Aug: Sidmouth Folk Festival, Devon, England
2–26 Aug: Edinburgh International Festival
2–26 Aug: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
3–4 Aug: The Beatyard, Dún Laoghaire
5–8 Aug: Dublin Irish Festival, Ohio
5–16 Aug: 
Kilkenny Arts Festival
6–11 Aug: NCH International Master Course, Dublin
7–12 Aug: Feakle Festival
8–10 Aug: Fairport Convention Cropredy, Oxfordshire
8–11 Aug: Boyne Music Festival, Townley Hall, Drogheda
9–11 Aug: Flow Festival, Helsinki
13–15 Aug: Wild Roots, Sligo
13–16 Aug: Milwaukee Irish Fest, Wisconsin
14–15 Aug: Yurt City, Tullamore
15–17 Aug: Stendhal Festival, Limavady
15–18 Aug: Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
15–18 Aug: Chamber Music on Valentia, Co. Kerry
16–18 Aug: Clandeboye Festival, Bangor
16–18 Aug: Another Love Story, Co. Meath
20 Aug10 Sept: Beethovenfest Bonn, Germany
2022 Aug: Birr Festival of Music
21–27 Aug:
Manchester International Piano Competition
21–25 Aug: Masters of Tradition, Bantry, Co. Cork
22–25 Aug: Shambala, Northamptonshire
22–26 Aug: Cornwall Folk Festival
23–26 Aug: Shrewsbury Folk Festival
19 Aug–19 Sept: Musikfest Berlin
26 Aug: MTV Video Music Awards – VMAs
28 August: Féile Nasc, Marlay Park, Dublin
30 Aug–1 Sept:
Sundown, Norfolk Showground, Norwich
30 Aug–1 Sept: Mosely Folk and Arts Festival, Mosely Park, Birmingham
30 Aug–1 Sept: Glenarm Festival of Voice, Co. Antrim
Waterford Harvest Festival
, dates tbc

SEPTEMBER
14 Sept: Annie Mac Presents Lost and Found, Malta
1–5 Sept: Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Lismore, Co. Waterford
3 Sept: Wide Awake, London
3–5 Sept: 
Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co. Laois
3–5 Sept: Ortús Chamber Music Festival 2021, Cork
4–5 September: SlamDunk Festival, Leeds/Hertfordshire
4–8 Sept: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht
6–7 Sept: Festival of New, Snape, Suffolk
6–8 Sept: Harvest Time Rhythm & Blues Festival, Monaghan Town
7 Sept: London Folk Festival, Cecil Sharp House
8–22 Sept: Tsinandali Festival, Georgia
9–12 Sept: Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork
9–12 Sept: Music in Monkstown, Dublin
10–19 Sept: Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, Cork
11–26 Sept: Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin
13–15 Sept: Westport Festival of Chamber Music, Westport, Co. Mayo
14 Sept: Music Week Awards, London
16–19 Sept: Knockengorroch Festival, Galloway, South West Scotland18–21 Sept: Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
16–19 Sept: Isle of Wight Festival
16–18 Sept: Cahir Trad Fest, Tipperary
18–29 Sept: Clifden Arts Festival
19–22 Sept: Southdowns Folk Festival, Bognor Regis
20 Sept: Culture Night, Various towns in Ireland
20–22 Sept: Frank Harte Festival, Dublin
25–29 Sept: New Ross Piano Festival
26–28 Sept: Django Sur Lennon, Ramelton, Co. Donegal
26–29 Sept: Limerick Jazz Festival
27–29 Sept: Sligo Festival of Baroque Music
30 Sept–17 Oct: Dublin Theatre Festival 

OCTOBER 
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, dates tbc
1–3 Oct: Liverpool Sound City
1–5 Oct:
Ireland Music Week, Dublin
2–6 Oct: Galway Jazz Festival
2–6 Oct: London Piano Festival
2–6 Oct: The Irish Festival of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3–6 Oct: Cork Folk Festival
3–18 Oct: K-Music, London
4 Oct: Frank Maher Classical Music Awards, Dublin
4–6 Oct: Glenties Fiddlers Weekend, Co. Donegal
8 Oct: Music Week Tech Summit, London
8–17 Oct: 
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Trail, New Orleans
8–28 Oct: Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
10–12 Oct: Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition
8–23 Oct: Oxford Lieder, Oxford
11–13 Oct: Kincora Trad Fest, Killaloe/Ballina
11–13 Oct: Seamus Grant Weekend, Donegal
11–13 Oct: Marsden Jazz Festival, Yorkshire
12–20 Oct: Donegal Chamber Music Festival
15 Oct–3 Nov: Belfast International Arts Festival
16 Oct: Gramophone Classical Music Awards, London
16 Oct: 
Live at Leeds
16 Oct: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Manchester
16–20 Oct: I.NY Festival, Limerick
16–20 Oct: Manchester Folk Festival
18–20 Oct: John Dwyer Trad Fest, Waterford
19 Oct: National Harp Day, Ireland
19–31 Oct:
Wexford Festival Opera, dates tbc
Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford, dates tbc
21–25 Oct: City of Derry International Choir Festival
22–24 October: Musikmesse, Frankfurt
23–28 Oct: Westport Music and Arts Festival, Co. Mayo
23–29 Oct: The Return to Camden Town, London 
2331 Oct: Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival, Tipperary
23 Oct–3 Nov: SoundFestival, Scotland
24 Oct: RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, Vicar Street, Dublin
24–28 Oct: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
23–25 Oct: Achill International Harp Festival, Achill, Co. Mayo
24–27 Oct: Creative Connexions Ireland, Sitges, Spain
30 Oct–3 Nov: Oireachtas na Samhna, Dublin
31 Oct–2 Nov: Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris

NOVEMBER
TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, dates tbc
1–2 Nov: Other Voices Cardigan, Wales
1–2 Nov: WAMFest, Western Australia
1–10 Nov: Sound of Belfast
2–3 Nov: DEEPMINIMALISM 2.0, London
414 Nov: Cork International Film Festival
6–9 Nov: Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík
7–11 Nov: Ennis Trad Fest
7–21 Nov: Geneva International Music Competition
8–10 Nov: From the Source Festival, Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
15–24 Nov: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
15–24 Nov: EFG London Jazz Festival
16 Nov: UnampliFire, St Mark’s Church, Dalston, London
21–24 Nov: Birmingham TradFest
22–24 Nov: Spilt Milk Festival, Sligo
22–24 Nov: Ardee Baroque Festival, Ardee, Co. Louth
22–24 Nov: Quiet Lights, Cork
26 Nov: TRNSMT Marks the Spot, Glasgow
28 Nov–1 Dec: Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival
29 Nov–1 Dec: The Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival, Dublin
29 Nov–1 Dec: Other Voices, Dingle
29 Nov–1 Dec: Éigse Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin, Muscraí, Co. Cork
BBC Young Jazz Musician, dates tbc
Golden Classical Music Awards, New York, dates tbc

DECEMBER
Winterval Waterford, dates tbc
3–13 Dec: ChamberFest Dublin
4 Dec: The Ivors Composer Awards (formerly the British Composer Awards), British Museum, London
7 Dec: MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Aberdeen Music Hall
7–15 Dec: London Contemporary Music Festival
11–12 Dec: Jazz Connective, Dublin
27 Dec–1 Jan: Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair 2019, Donegal
27 Dec–1 Jan: Woodford Folk Festival, Australia

2022

JANUARY
Banjo and Bovril Festival, Bray

FEBRUARY
Liverpool Philharmonic – Music Industry Careers Day, Liverpool
Quarter Block Party, Cork
Spike – Dublin Alternative Cello Festival
Concertina Cruinniú, Miltown Malbay Co. Clare
Right Here Right Now (traditional and folk music weekend), Cork Opera House
Gradam Ceoil TG4, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

MARCH
Manchester Irish Festival
Corofin Traditional Festival
Wales’ Interceltic Festival
BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
Sounds Like THIS
Durango Celtic Festival
Steinway Two Pianos Festival
Kilkenny Tradfest
Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar
Limerick Early Music Festival 

APRIL
Music Current, Dublin
Clifden Trad Fest, Co. Galway
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California
National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia
The Harrogate International Youth Festival of Music & Performing Arts
Textures Festival
Brighton Music Conference
Live Collision International Festival, Dublin
Sónar Reykjavik
Leeds Lieder Festival
Something in the Water, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Drogheda Arts Festival
Fair Play Festival, Manchester
Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Festival

MAY
Long Play, Brooklyn, New York 
Bealtaine, Online
Shetland Folk Festival
City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

37d03d Festival
, Brooklyn, New York
Bray Jazz Festival

Sligo International Chamber Music Festival

Fleadh na gCuach

Féile Joe Éinniú
Kilkenny Roots Festival

It Takes a Village Festival
, Cork
Gospel Rising Music Festival

Doncaster Folk Festival

Féile Chnoc na Gaoithe – Tulla Traditional Music Festival, Co. Clare
World Fiddle Day
, Scartaglin, Co. Kerry
Glyndebourne Festival
Fleadh Nua, Ennis. Co. Clare
Life Festival

East Durham Irish Festival
, New York
Mountshannon Arts Festival
, Co. Clare
Vantastival
, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Doonbeg International Jazz Festival, Co. Clare

JUNE
Glastonbury Festival
Gospel Rising Music Festival
, Dublin

Limerick Sings, International Choral Festival
, Limerick
Doolin Folk Festival

Dalkey Book Festival

Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe & Trad Festival

Knocklane Festival, Co. Sligo
Craiceann: Bodhrán Summer School

Hinterland, Kells, Co. Meath
Kaleidoscope, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
Forbidden Fruit Festival, Dublin
Belsonic, Belfast
Hastings International Piano Festival, Hastings
Pen-Marr Irish Festival, Pennsylvania

 

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