Opening Night Wexford Festival Opera – Quayside Ceremony

Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D will officially open the

67th Wexford Festival Opera on October 19th

Wexford Festival Opera

  19 October – 4 November

 The free, unrestricted, public event will kick-off from 7.00 pm on Friday, 19 October. The crowd will be addressed by the Mayor of Wexford, Councillor Tony Dempsey and Chairman of Wexford Festival, Mr. Ger Lawlor. The Festival will then be officially opened by Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. followed by the traditional fireworks display over Wexford Harbour at approximately, 7.40 p.m.

Traffic restrictions will be in place, with Wexford Bridge and the quays closed to traffic from 5 pm.  Both the bridge and the quays are expected to re-open at 8:30 pm.  There will be a designated disabled carpark on Crescent Quay. Gardai will be on hand along the quay to allow access to anyone needing to use this facility.

As this year’s Festival opens on a Friday, large crowds with young children are anticipated. People attending the quayside ceremony are reminded to observe the instructions of the signage and the stewards. Drones are not permitted.

The 67th Wexford Festival Opera will run over 17 days, beginning Friday, 19 October and running until Sunday, 4 November 2018.  Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 at, in person at the National Opera House or by calling the box-office on +353 (0)53 912 2144or 1-850-4-OPERA Monday-Saturday, 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

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The 67th Wexford Festival Opera is supported by grants from the Arts Council, Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland/Ireland’s Ancient East.