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LIT Festival 2023

The LIT Festival is for creative young writers to hear from other up and coming artists and to create a place of growth and community that everyone can feel safe and included in. This year's Festival is taking place in Chorister's hall over three days. It starts Friday the 17th to Sunday the 19th of November.

Creativity and Me

On Friday the 17th of November, 7:00 - 9:30pm at Chorister's Hall.

Waterford Youth Arts celebrates it's history of developing and encouraging creativity by commissioning four young ex-members who have become new and exciting young artists! These 4 consist of Rose Keating, an award-winning writer, Alana Daly Mulligan, an award-winning spoken-word activist, Mary O' Donoghue, a writer, actor and teacher and lastly Libby Marchant a writer, who's one-woman show 'Girlhood' will take you on a journey of self-discovery.

Teenage Kicks

On Saturday the 18th of November, 7:00 - 9:30pm at Garter Lane Theatre.

AliensinCaves, Chalk.Blonde and RedShift perform their music live, don't miss this opportunity to attend a liveshow and discover some new up and coming artists.

Open Mic

On Sunday the 19th of November, at The Arch.

For talented young people to get a platform to perform and get their work out there! Whether you are coming for the entertainment and are wanting to discover creative people and their work or you yourself want to perform your work and get it out there, the Open Mic is a friendly and welcoming space for all people to display their work.

Upcoming Events/Productions

Film Premiere

Screening as part of the Imagine Arts Festival
23-25th October 2023

Broken Glass is a social history documentary film on the workers and craftsmen who helped to make one of the most successful brands in the world. At its height, Waterford Glass employed 3,500 people in their plants in Waterford and Dungarvan, and generations of local people worked there over its 50 years of production. This film pays tribute to the workers and gives small insights into its various development stages. 

Made by Ollie Breslin and Waterford Youth Arts, Camera: Keith Currams, Editor: Dave Whelan. Funded through support from Creative Ireland Waterford and with additional help from the UNITE Community fund. 

Showing at the Large Room in City Hall

Mon 23rd, 3pm

Tues 24th, 3pm

Wed 25th, 3pm & 8pm

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Youth Arts Workshops

WYA workshops start back on Friday, the 22nd of September, and will run through to Saturday, the 2nd of December 2023.

Waterford Youth Arts works with children and young people across a range of art forms; dance, youth theatre, drama, film, creative writing, visual art and street spectacle.


Activities are programmed as terms, 3 each year (Jan – April / April - June and Sept - Dec), which tend to run in 9-week cycles during late afternoons, evenings and at weekends.

If you know someone in this age range who would love to learn about the art world while making new friends and doing something new, this is a great opportunity for them. No experience is necessary to get started and we have an open-door policy so anyone can get involved.

At WYA, safety is paramount, and while your young artists are involved in one of their workshops, you can be certain that they are learning in a safe and secure environment as all WYA staff and volunteers have been Garda Vetted and undergone child safety training. 

Registrations fees range from Eur 45 - Eur 65 per term. Bookings can be made online through or over the phone T. +353 51 879 377 (office hours) For more information, get in touch with us; see the workshops section on this website or get in touch with the team for any other information. 

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