Monday, 20th August 2018
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Sensational Spraoi

One of the best thousands flock to see 'vintage' festival

Spraoi Delivers Again! As a thunderous Pyrofantasia rippled the river Suir an audience of up to 30,000 people realised they were witnessing a fiery finale to a vintage Spraoi Festival.

For three days of last weekend Waterford City hosted performers from around the world when Spraoi transformed the city's streets and squares into a series of outdoor stages that entertained and enthralled daily audiences of all ages.

Artists from the Netherlands, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Britain, Belgium, Canada and Ireland presented an array of street theatre and spectacle. A dazzling programme of performances focused attention on Waterford as Ireland's capital of street arts and spectacle.

The festival presented live shows from lunchtime to dusk along a trail of creativity stretching from Hanover Street to The Mall. Shops, hotels, restaurants, pubs and taxis have reported record business as Spraoi provided a huge boost to the local economy. "I noticed a big increase in overseas visitors compared with last year," said a food trader at O'Connell Street.

"Spraoi is an amazing brand ambassador for Waterford," said Councillor Eddie Mulligan. "It showcases our city as a place of creativity and energy. The parade alone is testament to our artistic talent and entertainment heritage."

Waterford Today asked Spraoi Director T.V. Honan if the All Together Now Festival in Portlaw had impacted Spraoi.

"To tell you the truth I don't know," he said. "Spraoi is an incredibly busy and complex event to manage. We really didn't have time to think about anything else."

Memories of Spraoi 2018 are locked in the memories of audiences and profits it generated for business makes the festival a key Waterford asset.

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