Festival Fringe 2023

Tuesday 21st April – Saturday 6th May

Celebrating 70 years of Amateur Drama Council of Ireland, ADCI

Free Exhibitions Daily during the Festival

2023 Festival

The Festival Fringe’s highlights include the All Ireland one act winners and the UK finalists from Northern Ireland. The Athlone Film Festival, part of the fringe, took place on Saturday the 22nd of April with a film writing workshop beforehand. The deadline to submit a short movie to be included for screening at this year’s festival was March the 10th. 

The Festival HUB

Daily 12 noon to 2pm: Wednesday 26th April – Saturday 6th May.

“The Hub” is an information stand, located at the Athlone Town Centre, where information on all aspects of the Festival can be found. Admission tickets to some Fringe events are required & are available through Eventbrite. Information at the Hub.

Gala Dinner Ticket collection at the Hub 2pm to 6pm Saturday 6th May.

Free Exhibitions

Daily During the Festival

Drama Archive: Dean Crowe Theatre (AIB Gallery) – an exhibition of the programmes from the first All-Ireland Drama Festival 1953.
Athlone Arts Group Exhibition: Athlone Town Centre Shopping Centre.
Athlone Photography Club Exhibition: Athlone Town Centre Shopping centre.
Retail Window Display with drama posters – Athlone Town Retailers
Midland Photography Club Exhibition: Golden Island Shopping Centre
Athlone Festival Retrospective: Athlone Civic Centre – Exhibition of the life and times in Athlone around the first All-Ireland Drama Festival
Art Exhibition: Luan Gallery

There are no upcoming events at this time.


If you would like to have an event included as part of the Fringe or would like to volunteer to help run our festival, please join us by filling out the form below.


Every night, after the adjudication of the play, in the Bar of Dean Crowe Theatre, Music with Bernard and Patrice Coyle or Liz Fletcher, followed by a talent show. Featuring that night’s performers, cast and crew.

Great Fun. Free Event.