Over the last year the Open House office has been closed temporarily and all our festivals and events have been cancelled or postponed.
However, we are now hopeful that we can bring you live events during the summer of 2021. Of course we will only do this safely within Government guidelines, so for the moment we will be concentrating on open air events with restricted numbers. Follow our website and social media, or sign up to our e-mailing list, to receive latest announcements.
This has been a very difficult time for the events sector – for local artists, venues, our support staff and suppliers. We are working closely with funders so that we can deliver activities to support the recovery of the town and the sector.

If you have a ticket for any affected events we will contact you directly by email to let you know if your show is cancelled or rescheduled, and how you can get a refund or a credit note if you need one.

We want to thank the Arts Council, Ards and North Down Borough Council and Tourism NI for their ongoing support to us. We also received emergency funding from both the Heritage Emergency Fund (via National Lottery Heritage Fund) and the Covid-19 Emergency Fund (via The National Lottery Community Fund) to ensure our survival during the past year. This funding is a lifeline and we are hugely grateful for it.

If you need to contact us about a ticketing issue please email For anything else please email

Keep well, and see you very soon

Kieran Gilmore, Festival Director