COVID-19: Updates on Festivals and Events

COVID-19: Updates on Festivals and Events

A list of concerts and festivals postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.

Below is a list of announcements made regarding upcoming music and arts events. We will be updating this list on a rolling basis. Please email editor [at]

On 12 March, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar advised that, until 29 March, all gatherings of more than 100 people should be cancelled, and outdoor gatherings of over 500 people should be cancelled also. This includes music and arts events and the closure of cultural institutions. On 17 March, it was announced that the recommendations will likely be extended beyond the end of the month.

List of events cancelled or postponed to date (Friday 27 March, 5pm)

National Concert Hall, Dublin
is closed from 6pm, 12 March, to 29 March.
Siamsa Tíre, Traleeclosed until the autumn
8–27 March: Home Truths @ Galway 2020, Engage Art Studio – cancelled 
12 March: Mozart and Beethoven Piano and Wind Quintets, Drogheda – postponed
12–15 March: Fingal International Festival of Voices – cancelled
12–29 March: Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture event postponements. Visit
12–29 March: MCD Productions postpones all events. Visit
12–29 March: The Black Gate Galway postpones or cancels all events. Visit
12–29 March: Róisín Dubh postpones all events. Visit
13 March: SoloDuo, National Concert Hall, Dublin – cancelled 
13 March: The Participants, The Cobblestone, Dublin – cancelled 
13 March: Jackie Day & Matt Cranitch, ‘Club Sessions’, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
13–15 March: Alternating Current, Dublin – postponed
13–15 March: Piano Academy of Ireland National Piano Festival – moved online
14 March: Jackie Day & Matt Cranitch, Coleman Irish Music Centre, Gurteen, Co. Sligo.
14 March: MusiCórum with violinist Brendan Garde, Kenmare – postponed
14 March: Bright Falls + Mill Road, The Cobblestone, Dublin – cancelled
14–17 March: Savage Beauty, Kari Kola @ Galway 2020, Loch na Fuaiche – cancelled
14–28 March: Sruth na Teanga @Galway 2020, Galway Airport – cancelled
15 March: MusiCórum with violinist Brendan Garde, Honan Chapel, Cork – postponed

17 March: St Patrick’s Day parades nationwide – cancelled
20–23 March: Inishowen Singing Weekend  cancelled
21 March: European Day of Early Music 2020 / Launch of Early Music organisation H.I.P.S.T.E.R., Limerick – live events postponed, but there will be online events. Visit
21 March: The King’s Manuscript An introduction to medieval (instrumental) music – cancelled
21 March: 3 Kinds of Music at the Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane – postponed
22 March: New Ross Singers perform Messa di Gloria – postponed
22 March: Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Cormac de Barra with Voice of the Harp Hong Kong, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts  postponed
25 March: Benjamin Dwyer, Palermo, Sicily – cancelled
28 March: NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival, Belfast – postponed
29 March: Santana,  3Arena, Dublin – postponed
29 March–5 April: Cork Livelong Learning Festival – cancelled
29 March – Luminosa, Galway Cathedral – postponed
29 March: Piatti Quartet, Model Arts Centre Sligo – cancelled
4 April: 3 Kinds of Music, Red Earl’s Court, Galway
4 April: Tenebrae with Aurora Orchestra Concert, National Concert Hall – cancelled

5 April: ConTempo Countywide in the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry
7 April: ConTempo Quartet: From Europe with Love: Cyprus, St Nicholas Collegiate Church
10 April: Abendmusik 1: The Way of Sorrow – postponed until 2021
14–19 April: Pan Celtic International Festival – cancelled
15–19 April: Cruinniú na bhFliúit, Baile Bhuirne – cancelled 
21 April: ConTempo – Wait, Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway
23–25 April: Féile Raiftéirí, Baile Locha Riach, Co. na Gaillimhe – postponed
24–26 April: Maynooth Choral Festival – cancelled
25 April–3 May: Cellissimo, Galway – postponed until 2021
29 April
–9 May: Cork International Choral Festival – cancelled
30 April –9 May: RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival – cancelled
1–4 May: Sligo International Chamber Music Festival – cancalled
2–10 May: Navan Choral and Instrumental Festival – cancelled
3 May: Bon Iver, 3 Arena, Dublin – postponed until 12 January 2021
5 May: ConTempo Quartet – From Europe with Love: Slovenia, St Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway

6–9 May: Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork – cancelled
15–23 May: Irish National Opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio – cancelled
29 May–1 June: Vantastival, Co. Louth – postponed until 18–20 September 2020
3–7 June: Carlow Arts Festival – cancelled
13 June: MusiCórum with violinist Brendan Garde, Dingle – postponed
21–26 July: Sligo Jazz Summer School and Festival – cancelled
2–9 August: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann – cancelled

See UK events here.

26 March: Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee – cancelled
13–22 March: SXSW, Austin, Texas – cancelled

17–28 April: The 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition – postponed until September 2020
2–4 June: Celtic Media Festival, Brittany – cancelled

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Published on 11 March 2020

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