Siamsa Tíre


Calling all art forms to join the Folk Explosion!

Almost overnight, COVID removed the foundation of Irish folk culture: our every-day social connections among our close-knit communities. 

We want to reignite connections with a Folk Explosion, an impassioned celebration of folk in all its glorious forms. The Folk Explosion will herald the Summer Solstice, the height of summer and the most powerful moment of potential in the Celtic Calendar when light overwhelms darkness for the longest day of the year and shines in full force. 

After what has felt like a year of unrelenting darkness under the shadow of a global pandemic, Siamsa Tíre is inviting artists and groups – local, national and international –to shine in full force and join us in an unfettered joy-fest of bright ideas. 

We are inviting submissions of folk and folk-inspired project proposals for inclusion in our application to The Grand Stretch | Coiscéim Coiligh. If we are unsuccessful in our application, we’d nevertheless love to keep in touch with you. 

All artforms are welcome. The Folk Explosion will rejoice in every artistic expression of and response to Irish folk culture. We want to see the old and the new, the quiet and the loud, the tested and the experimental. We particularly welcome ideas from BAME artists working in Ireland who are exploring Irish folk culture. 

We want to cherish and celebrate the traditional, elevate our artists, and inspire new explorations and approaches. Above all else, we want to connect. 

Complete the 2-page form available here and email it to by 5pm on 28th January 2021.   

To submit your idea for inclusion in THE FOLK EXPLOSION complete this short Submission Form and give samples of previous similar work you’ve done.

We’ll ask you to explain how your idea aligns to Siamsa Tíre’s aims for THE FOLK EXPLOSION and meets the criteria set by The Grand Stretch / Coiscéim Coiligh.

We look forward to hearing from you!