Carrickmacross Arts Festival is a small arts festival with a big imagination. Rooted in the artistic vernacular of South Monaghan, we have developed a festival that builds upon our cultural heritage with an innovative approach.  We endeavour to showcase performances of the highest quality and originality with the aim of educating and inspiring a new generation of creative artists in the region.

Local in nature yet worldly in attitude, we produce a diverse multidisciplinary programme of visual arts, original music, comedy, dance, poetry, drama, cinema and arts education, which celebrates our community, provides a platform for emerging artists and inspires an appreciation of the arts. We passionately believe that the arts should be available to everyone. A festival of this kind does not currently exist within the South Monaghan region and CAF is changing this.

Every year, the committee will strive to organise a multi-disciplinary event that showcases the very best artistic talent from the Monaghan, Cavan, Louth & Meath areas. The annual event will also facilitate many national (and/or international) artists of note.

Affectionately known as Ireland’s Biggest Small Festival, Carrickmacross Arts Festival has previously played host to the artists such as Declan O’Rourke, Delorentos, DeDannan, Ham Sandwich, John Spillane, Kíla, The Frank and Walters and Wallis Bird in recent years and has received nominations for “Best Small Festival” at the European Festival Awards and “Best Overseas Festival” at the UK Festival Awards.