Siamsa Tíre has hosted an annual Festival of Folk every summer since 1968. This festival consists of theatrical productions by the National Folk Theatre’s professional cast of performers. Over the decades, their productions have become renowned for their energy, wildness and sheer passion for tradition.
The festival also includes the interactive Folk Homecoming Exhibition. Using archive photos, audio and video footage, it celebrates the rich diversity of Irish folk culture while highlighting the role Siamsa Tíre has played in nurturing it for over half a century.
There are immersive visitor experiences too. These include members of the National Folk Theatre cast leading visitors on a guided tour of the exhibition, backstage tours, intimate performances from the cast and workshops where participants are taught to play tunes on traditional instruments, sing songs from the Siamsa Tíre repertoire, or dance some traditional steps from the region. These workshops are facilitated by traditional arts masters from the National Folk Theatre Training Academy.
Throughout the rest of the year Siamsa Tíre hosts touring theatrical productions, art exhibitions from local, national, and international artists, musical performances, workshops and more. Its a theatre that showcases the thrilling diversity of Irish culture, from its rich past through to its exciting present and its bright future.
Visit Siamsa Tíre on your next trip for an authentic cultural experience that you will treasure forever.
- Revel in top class folk, drama, and traditional Irish music, song and dance stage productions.
- Take part in workshops, be guided backstage, or enjoy intimate performances from traditional artists .
- Explore the many inspiring exhibitions at the venue.
While you're in the area, take a relaxing stroll through Tralee Town Park where the theatre is based. Delight in the Rose Garden, Garden of the Senses, large green areas and children's playground.