Siamsa Tíre has made the difficult decision to extend our building closure to Autumn 2020 in response to the threat to public health posed by COVID-19.
Siamsa Tíre has made the difficult decision to extend our building closure to Autumn 2020 in response to the threat to public health posed by COVID-19. Our duty to protect our patrons, our staff and our community takes precedence over our desire to continue our performance programme.
Upcoming events in our current Spring Season will be rescheduled to new dates in Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021. Customers will be contacted directly by Siamsa Tíre via email, phone or text regarding any existing bookings. New dates will be advertised on our website as soon as they are announced. We appreciate our customers patience and advise them not to contact Box Office as they will be contacted directly.
Our Summer Festival of Folk will also be suspended but we will deliver our 53rd Festival of Folk season in the summer of 2021. All of our tourism partners will be contacted directly.
Róisín McGarr, Executive Director of Siamsa Tíre states, “From May until September, Siamsa Tíre welcomes tens of thousands of visitors from around the world every year to enjoy our theatre shows of traditional Irish music, song and dance. We are an integral part of the county’s summer offering to tourists and visitors. The venue serves the Kerry community all year round, presenting and celebrating the arts in all its forms as well as preserving, promoting and developing Ireland’s living cultural heritage for over 50 years. Siamsa Tíre employs 30 full-time, part-time and casual staff and at peak season we employ over 140 staff and performers. We recognise the significant impact that this closure will have on our community. However, we also recognise the potentially life-threatening impact of avoiding this decision.”
Roisin continues, “The power of the arts to bring communities together, connect and give expression to shared experiences has never felt more important and it will be much needed when this crisis has passed. Siamsa Tíre will be ready to welcome our community back and support the recovery from this extraordinary situation. Like many arts charities in Ireland, the financial impact of COVID-19 closure will be felt for many years to come, but we are already working to retain the support of our stakeholders and our partners and work together for a bright future. In the meantime, we must prioritise the health and safety of our staff, patrons, participants and performers and we must do our part to slow down transmission of the coronavirus.”
Siamsa Tíre will work closely with our tour operators, tourism and local business partners to ensure that we play our part in helping the recovery of the tourism sector in Kerry and Ireland in the years ahead. We will be working closely with our stakeholders to ensure that Siamsa Tíre re-opens as soon as it is safe to do so. The team at Siamsa Tíre appreciates our customers’ patience, support and understanding in these unprecedented circumstances and we wish them resilience and good health.
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