The headline artists for the seventh Cushendun Big Arts Weekend, from 3 to 6 May, have been revealed.

Acclaimed political historian and broadcaster Eamon Phoenix will be discussing the theme of the War of Independence in the Glens on Sunday 5 May.

Theatre plays a huge part in the Big Arts Weekend and this year is no exception. The Armagh Rhymers, one of Ireland’s most celebrated folk theatre ensembles, will perform on May Day (Monday 6May), while community arts group Craic Theatre will delight audiences with their performance of Extra Time, a play set in a rural pub during the local football team’s semi-final victory. The Glens’ own Lurig Drama Group bring the festival to a close on Monday evening. 

Firm favourites including Share-a-Poem, Play in a Day and the Family Funday Sunday will all be returning to this year’s Big Arts Weekend, so keep an eye out for further announcements in the coming weeks.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the restoration of the Old Church centre in Cushendun, a dedicated heritage, community and arts space. 

For more information and to book tickets (with many early-bird discounts), visit