HAPPY DAYS IS THE WORLD’S FIRST ANNUAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATING SAMUEL BECKETT.
HAPPY DAYS is the world’s first annual festival to celebrate the work and influence of Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett.
It takes place annually in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, where Beckett spent his formative years attending Portora Royal School. Irleand’s only Island town, Enniskillen, is at the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, amidst some of the most beautiful landscape in Europe.
The inaugural HAPPY DAYS took place 23rd – 27th August 2012.
HAPPY DAYS is the first annual, international, multi-arts festival to be held in Northern Ireland since the launch of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s in 1962. As with the Edinburgh Festival in 1947, HAPPY DAYS will be a major cultural event bringing diverse communities together, mixing local and international audiences and artists. The Festival collaborated with the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, and coincided with the 400th anniversary of the founding of Enniskillen.
The 2012 Festival presented events of wide, popular appeal including:
- the work of Beckett, with world and UK premieres of his major and lesser-known works
- the influences on Beckett, including music and comedy
- those Beckett has influenced, including Irish, UK and international writers, directors, actors, visual artists, musicians, comedians, circus artists and individuals prominent in their fields
- Plus a range of events reflecting Beckett’s favourite sports.
HAPPY DAYS is funded by Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Fermanagh District Council.
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