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Beckett Festival to return to Enniskillen this summer

7 May 2014

The world’s biggest annual celebration of the Nobel Prize winning writer Samuel Beckett is set to return to Enniskillen this summer.

Boasting an extended 12-day programme, the 3rd annual Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival will be running for its longest period yet, from 31 July – 10 August, bringing with it the very best of world theatre, music, art, comedy and conversation.

Taking in two weekends and spread across a record 30 venues in Enniskillen, Happy Days is fast becoming one of the premier cultural events on the island of Ireland attracting upwards of 10,000 visitors from Ireland and beyond to the Lakelands region.

Shaping up to be the best festival yet, would-be festival-goers will be amazed by the breadth and depth of world-class international and home-grown theatre, music, visual art, comedy, talks and discussions in store – all inspired by one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

Speaking on his decision to extend the Festival programme, Festival Director and creator of Happy Days Sean Doran said:

“The Happy Days Festival has been going from strength to strength since its inauguration in 2012. The number of people attending the event has been growing steadily with the result that we have decided to move the Festival from late to early August. It will now coincide with the RoI bank holiday weekend and will be spread across two weekends to ensure that we can facilitate ticket and accomodation demand.

“There is a real diversity and richness to the Happy Days programme and we are so excited to be bringing it to Fermanagh for a third consecutive year. Whether you familiar with the work of Beckett or not the Festival has something for everyone.”

Where Dante was featured throughout the 2013 festival as a major influence on Beckett’s work, this year Finnegan’s Wake is featured, mainly due to Beckett’s very close involvement with Joyce in Paris at the time of his writing Finnegan’s Wake.

There will be many first appearances of major international artists at this year’s festival plus work from the legendary German director Peter Stein, the Grammy Award-winning composer and director Heiner Goebbels, both presenting their work in Ireland for the first time, and a new established theatre company for the festival of Fermanagh’s best talent led by Adrian Dunbar.

Full festival programme announcement and festival bookings go live from 22 May at www.happy-days-enniskillen.com.

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