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From ancient festivals in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to modern day merry-making, Laois has enjoyed a party more than most for thousands of years. With over 60 events happening each month , you are most definitely invited to celebrate with us.
And from major international music weekends to local fiestas covering everything from scarecrows and storytelling, to drama and literature, you’re sure to find your tribe. For the outdoor enthusiast there’s weekly guided walks, runs and cycles. Come join us as we celebrate the length and breadth of the county – morning, noon, and night…

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Cultural Events in Laois: Leaves Festival 2023

8th November - 11th November

Are you an avid reader or writer? You’re in luck! The 2023 Leaves Festival is back in Laois from 8th to 11th if November! From writers’s workshops to live music, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Cultural Events in Laois: Leaves Festival 2023

The Leaves Festival 2023 brings the best of Irish writing and music to Co Laois this November. The festival is delighted to welcome Aingeala Flannery as its festival writer in residence. Her book ‘The Amusements’, has been selected as Leaves Festival One-County-One-Book. She will be hosting a writers workshop and a reading during her residency. There will also be music from Ultan Colon, Molly Donnery & Cathal Crowley amongst others.

The Leaves Festival continues to grow from strength to strength and is becoming a firm fixture on the literary circuit. The festival celebrates writing and music in the beautiful setting of various locations across Laois. Leaves is the festival to enjoy contemporary writers, the art of conversation, musicians, film and theatre.

Whether you are an avid reader, music and literature lover or a writer looking for help and inspiration, the leaves festival has something for everyone!

Are you looking for more cultural events in Co. Laois? Check out our handy What’s On guide for more!


8th November
11th November
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Dunamaise Arts Centre
057 8663355
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