Twenty three years! Well, not every day, but once a year, in August. In this blog I will cover just 1/100 of all the theatrical and musical events, just a small fragment of the festive fun so that you plan your next visit to Waterford on August Bank holiday weekend.
Spraoi [spree] is a Festival of international street Theater and Music which takes place in the city of Waterford, Ireland, since 1992. Spraoi means play in Gaelic.
In the opening image you see an evil monster hold a human. It happened on the last night of Spraoi this summer, but the beginning of the festival was quite innocent. Sort of.
This is Musical Nun Ruth, a no-nunsense Sister, and a favorite of all, children and grownups. I followed her for an hour and took many photographs.
Sister Ruth wins hearts with her hilarious antics and charming personality.
These three ladies are not impressed..
… but young children are excited – she is very different from the nuns they know.
Tenth Avenue Band was another favorite. They performed at Spraoi a couple of years ago, and it was delightful to see them again.
I cannot tell you how I love the band!
Open air tango with Tango Waterford… Another fascinating experience, tales of passion, jealousy and envy! Watching the spectators was fun. They pretended that they didn’t really care, but the said envy was written all over their face. I should have enrolled for a class ten years ago myself, when it wasn’t too late…
Watching is not always fun. Look at these children waiting in the queue. The longest three minutes in their lives.
Grandma and her Grandson, the owners of identical, gorgeous hair, also waiting for somebody. A brass band is playing on their right, but they look in different direction.
A man is reading old ads displayed in the butcher’s window while waiting for his wife.
Unknown individual is reading today’s paper, waiting to clock out and go home, finally.
A dog is also waiting when it is time to go home. He has no idea that his owners are watching clowns. Or may be he knows?
Young gypsy girl from Romania, with a scarred face and tired eyes, wants to go home too, but her parents wouldn’t be happy if she left. It is a festival time after all.
I have many photographs from Spraoi Parade taken over the years, but this year it was my first parade when I took only three pictures. One of them you have already seen – A monster and a human. Theme for this year was Evolution, and the monster was supposed to be a product of evolution or something like that. Two photographs below were taken before the parade turned to The Quay. Raining or not, the street was packed.
I hope you read the link about the history of Spraoi. It will help you to understand why all these people were standing in the heavy rain, and why the others, in amazing costumes that took a year to make were walking through the city center, some of them with very little clothes. It is just love.
Thank you for catching a glimpse of Spraoi with me. Tomorrow early in the morning I am off for a few days, and this trip will hopefully feed my blog until Christmas 🙂 I am not sure about the internet connection, and apologize if I won’t be able to return your visits to my blog. I promise to catch up when I am back with something interesting to share.