8th - 16th October 2022, Across County Donegal

Wainfest 2022 set to excite young audiences across Donegal this October

We are delighted to welcome you to the 26th year of Wainfest, our children’s arts and book festival. Wainfest, presented by Donegal County Council’s Culture Division, takes place this year from the 8th to the 16th of October. From our comprehensive schools programme to our family events, we invite teachers, parents, and carers to bring their children along to something tailored

just for them.

At the heart of Donegal County Council’s Cultural Division is an instinctive desire to inform, nurture and inspire. This is especially true when it comes to children who flourish when exposed to creative activities, and who get to experiment with forms of expression, using a wide range of media. The creative process with words and form, the thrill of discovering how interesting the past can be, and that joyful moment of discovery, are all at the very core of how we deliver our services to children and young people.

Our wide-ranging line up would not be possible without the generous support from our funders

and contributors.

Our festival is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012 - 2023. This funding allows us to invite performers, facilitators and authors, who make our history accessible, engaging and relevant for everyone.

The Creative Ireland fund 2017 - 2022 further increases opportunities for activity and participation in culture for our young people. We aspire to create a place where both knowledge and creativity are equal partners in the formation of our young people.

Collaboration with our many festival partners, who hold events in their own venues and online, is also a vital support which allows Wainfest to continuously thrive.

So get set for a week full of exciting opportunities as we all come together again to celebrate the best in culture, language, the arts and literature.

Families can view the full programme of events that Donegal County Library Service has planned by picking up a brochure in your local library or cultural venue or checking out our website

  • Start Date Saturday 08 October 2022
  • End Date Sunday 16 October 2022
  • Charges apply to some events - please check festival brochure for details. Some events have limited capacity - please check for details and book in advance.
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