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A night for families as fireworks launch Wexford Festival 23/10/15

| October 23, 2015

For well over half a century people from all over the world have been coming to Wexford for the annual festival of opera and the event provides a huge economic boost to the town each October.

However, while the events in the Opera House and the various recitals around the town attract a national and worldwide audience as well as locals, for many Wexford families the spectacle and excitement of festival opening night is the key attraction of the twelve night event.

For generations children have eagerly looked forward to the late October evening when everyone gathers on the quays to enjoy the spectacle that is the annual festival opening night fireworks display.

The local authorities have been supporting the event for several years and this valuable financial assistance has enabled the opening to be expanded and developed over the past decade or so to become a spectacular evening of family entertainment.

The message to anyone travelling to opening night is to get to the town early. The quays close at 6pm and traffic restrictions will apply on several other streets as well. The sheer numbers attending the opening result in long traffic tailbacks from the town so to bate them get there early.

There will be plenty of entertainment on the quays to keep everyone amused and entertained before the speeches get underway around 7.15pm and as soon as the final words are spoken a spectacular explosion of colour will thunder across the sky over the harbour.

With wonderful music to add to the occasion the atmosphere will again, as in previous years, be electric, and provide magical and unforgettable moments for everyone, but particularly for the younger members of the audience.

When the formal entertainment ends on the quay front many families will do what families before them have done for decades———–take a walk along the Main Street to enjoy the window displays before heading to a food premises or a pub for a bite to eat or something to drink before returning home tired, but satisfied.

As the fireworks fall silent the orchestra will be tuning up at the National Opera House and putting in the final preparations before Koanga formally opens proceedings.

For the following twelve days and nights Wexford town will be the centre of the cultural universe as far as Ireland is concerned. Every bit of space available will be taken up for exhibitions of arts, crafts, recitals, dance performances, sports events, drama, shows, singing pubs and much more.

The details are all available in the guide to the fringe events which is a must have for festival goers.

With the recession beginning to lift business for the exhibitors is expected to show an improvement this year and the numbers coming to the town are certain to be well up on last year given the scale of advance booking of accommodation and tickets for various events.

The message to everyone is that there is something, somewhere in the town or you——–so get out and enjoy this annual great extravaganza of culture, music, drama, art, sport and have all fun.

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