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Waterford Spraoi FestivalWaterford Spraoi Festival
Friday, 4th August 2006

Aug 04-06, 2006

The annual Spraoi Festival in Waterford is a gem in Ireland¹s summer calendar of events, taking place from Friday ­ Sunday of the August bank holiday. This year, this free festival of international street theatre and world music will feature over 200 acts, including the Irish debut of world-renowned Drummers of Burundi.

For three days the streets, squares and quays of Waterford are transformed into an outdoor stage. This Mediterranean carnival-style event has run since 1993 and features an exotic array of performers from throughout the world. Spraoi specializes in the brilliant and unexpected, introducing audiences to the unknown.

This year Spraoi are delighted to welcome the Drummers of Burundi, one of the world¹s great percussion ensembles, appearing in Ireland for the first time. Having originated as Burundi¹s Royal percussionists, they proceeded to pioneer the WOMAD Festival with Peter Gabriel, and have become a major attraction at festivals throughout the world. In performance they are visually and musically stunning. They glide from the stage-wings, swaying, huge drums balanced on their heads, beating out an insistent rhythm. The thunderous power and sheer rapture of their drumming engulfs their audience.

Other international acts appearing in the line-up will be French street band No Water Please, life-size puppets from Delits de Façade making their Irish debut, and an African-themed show from multi-cultural group Upswing. In addition, Spraoi are delighted to be presenting two new Irish shows, one from Fidget Feet and one from Tumble Circus.

The festival will conclude with the spectacular annual Spraoi Parade on the Sunday night, which regularly attracts an audience of 50,000 spectators.

Spraoi Festival General: All events at the festival are free, with the programme generally running from mid-day to midnight. Additional information may be found at:

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