About Fermanagh Live


Welcome to the 12th FLive festival – a celebration of the Best in the West; the people, the creativity and the place … writers, artists. musicians and film makers with local connections including John Kelly, Carlo Gébler, Richard Pierce, Clara Tracey, Gaby McArdle, Michael Raphael Donnelly, Gerard McGourty, Samantha Jones, Hambly & Hambly and Siobhan Ferguson. Brian J Falconer will be home to present his first feature film, the award winning, DIG and the festival will premiere The Quiet Shuffling of Feet, a documentary about Enniskillen resident David Bolton. 

Headlining guest groups include Ladies in the Blues from Dublin and from Switzerland, Hillbilly Moon Explosion. The festival kicks off with a festival launch on September 20th, following a visit to selected art exhibitions on the Culture Express train, the festival will be well and truly launched with jazz music from the Bob Quick Quintet, Gerarda McCann and Linley Hamilton, while chef Manu Maricheaux will be dispensing wine and cheese.

FLive is much more than a series of events – it is a combination of the efforts of many individuals and the generous support of local businesses and funders … and we sincerely thank you all. And this is YOUR festival, we depend on you to make it a success, so come along, take part & join in the fun!

 Ann McDermott 

Chair Fermanagh Live Arts Festival 2019

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

This year the National Lottery celebrates its 25th anniversary, and it is thanks to the Lottery that the Arts Council is able to provide funding support to arts organisations which are bringing entertaining, inspiring and enriching arts experiences to people and communities across Northern Ireland. We are truly delighted to support this year’s FLive and the opportunities it offers for audiences to enjoy this great showcase of arts by the excellent artists and performers of the region.  

Noelle McAloon, Enniskillen BID Ltd

Enniskillen BID are delighted to continue to support F LIVE Arts Festival 2019 .The exciting and action packed programme brings huge benefit to our Enniskillen Town and District. Particularly this year we are looking forward to seeing the performance from the creative collaboration between F live , BID and Big Telly Theatre Company with OUR ISLAND TOWN,FLOATING WORLD Themed Creative Shop will ‘pop up’ on 9th September to oct 6th in Castle Buildings, 1 Paget Square leading into F Live Festival weekend, to entertain, enthuse and Inspire"

Betty Brown President of The Royal Ulster Academy

Congratulations to Fermanagh Live Arts Festival on another inspiring Festival programme of Exhibitions and performances and every success for 2019. Delighted to see fellow artists Julian Friers PPRUA and Rosie Mc Gurran RUA participate this year.A very warm welcome to you all to our Annual Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition at The Ulster Museum, Belfast with our accompanying Talks, Tours, Masterclasses ,Artists spotlights and Events programme suitable for all ages from Oct 18th to Jan 5th 2020.

ADRIAN DUNBAR, Actor and Cultural Champion

”I love the whole idea of the Fermanagh Live Arts Festival ...I know the hard work and effort that goes into making a festival like this and I applaud those lovers of the Arts who feel they can give of themselves so wholeheartedly so that their friends and neighbours might encounter a little beauty in their own home town. Continued success for FLive 2019. Lots of love A x

Prof. MPS Varma OBE

 Shane O Mara-Professor of Experimental Brain Research at TCD has stated that walking “repairs our brains, lowers our blood pressure……..and allows us to be creative and better at problem solving.” I would suggest that involvement with the arts would have much the same effect on the body, and in addition, people who have an interest in the arts are less prone to depression and anxiety, with an increase in positive emotions, and improved wellbeing. It has also been demonstrated that music in particular helps patients with dementia, and it has been shown to boost the immune system, and reduce inflammation, thus aiding healing, and improving medical outcomes.

Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust

The FLive Arts Festival has been fantastic – engaging and enjoyable with a fantastic range of events and activities for people to participate in. Thanks for opening the heart and mind to possibilities and fueling our imaginations.

John Boyle, Director of Business Development, Waterways Ireland

Waterways Ireland is once again delighted to be associated with the FLive festival.  The Erne waterway, as a central resource within Fermanagh, has so much to offer in terms of recreation, culture, heritage, education and the arts. Over the past number of years FLive has showcased the waterway to a new audience and opened it up to an increasingly diverse range of participants.  We look forward to even greater numbers participating in the 2019 programme and also to hosting some of the events of the festival in our headquarters.  We wish the festival every success.


Situated in the scenic and picturesque west of Northern Ireland, Fermanagh is home to some of the country’s greatest music, drama and visual arts. At its centre is Enniskillen, a busy and vibrant town steeped in history and culture, with associated greats including Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.

2013 Overview

2012 Overview

Welcome to Fermanagh's only Arts Festival - now in its 9th year. 

Fermanagh Live Arts Festival for 2017 promises to be a truly creative and engaging family affair, building upon the successes of previous years and the ongoing commitment, creativity and imagination of an experienced team of volunteers, artists, educators and creatives. All dedicated to ensuring this year’s programme is diverse, dynamic and all-inclusive. Fermanagh has much to offer, the landscape, the waterways, the history, heritage and architecture...as well as the talents and creativity of the people”. Come on board what promises to be a journey of creativity, curiosity, imagination and self-expression during this year’s Fermanagh Lives Arts Festival 2017. Oct 4th to Oct 8th.Celebrating creativity on and off the Island Town and the stunning Waterways

Noelle Mc Alinden chair of FLIVE 2017

Fermanagh Arts Festival Limtied Registered in Northern Ireland NI066336 -

Registered Office 106 Rabbitburrow Road Lisbellaw Co. Fermanagh BT94 5FL Tel - 079 2734 8517

Straddling the small waterway between Lower and Upper Lough Erne, Enniskillen is Fermanagh’s biggest town with an approximate population of 14,000. The town itself is built along one main street which changes names six times along its length!

As a result, this makes Enniskillen a hub for shopping and socialising and creates an atmospheric buzz among the high street and independent stores, bars and restaurants. With an abundance of locations and facilities, the festivities will be taking place in the following venues:

For more information on Enniskillen and Fermanagh, check out the following links:






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Fermanagh Arts Festival

We would like to thank all of our funders, sponsors,  partners and locations for their generous support of the FLive festival and we hope you too will support them in kind.

We are happy to provide free events and would like to sincerely thank the support we have from the following organisations as we would not be able to provide these artistic events without their support. 




It was great to be part of last year’s F Live Arts Festival and I can’t wait for what’s on offer this year. Paul Brady at Ardhowen will be electric! Having spent a lot of last summer and autumn at Literary and Arts festivals all over Ireland I am proud to say that the festival in my home town, Enniskillen, was up there with the best: a festival that truly punches above its weight. F live offers quality entertainment and unique opportunities to access the arts and culture, try new things out, suitable for the whole community. The effort and energy the F Live team and all the volunteers put in is outstanding.

On behalf of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, I would like to congratulate the Fermanagh Arts Festival Committee on such an excellent programme of events for the 2018 Festival. Fermanagh Arts Festival was established in 2007, I am delighted that it has continued to flourish and grow, and this year’s programme embraces a diverse genre of arts & culture in many guises featuring local and national acts.

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Directors, Fermanagh Live 

It is with great joy that we present a fabulous festival for 2022. 

We have a wonderful programme this year with high quality talent on display throughout the first weekend of October. We hope all our artists, performers and attendees will enjoy this year’s festival with its wide array of artistic, engaging and creative events for the young and old.  

With spoken word, or history told, with joke unfolded, and tune plucked, see painted story or jazz it up! The Fermanagh Live Festival returns with something for everyone.

The FLive committee would like to say a very sincere thank you to all our generous sponsors, without whom this year's festival would not be possible. Please support our sponsors with thanks for supporting our events..



Culture Night at the Devenish Gallery - Friday 23rd September

The Devenish Gallery in partnership with Fermanagh Live launches an exhibition of works by Liam Blake, Catherine Keogh and Anna Ciepluchi.

Join Fermanagh Live and the Devenish Gallery for wine, music and nibbles and the launch of the 2022 FLive programme of events.



Contact US : arts@flive.org.uk