Stendhal is Ireland’s Best Small Festival for third successive year

Ross Parkhill and John Cartwright of Stendhal.
Ross Parkhill and John Cartwright of Stendhal.
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Stendhal Festival in Limavady has been named Ireland’s Best Small Festival for the third successive year.

The summer event was presented with the accolade at the Irish Festival Awards and it brings the event’s total to five Irish Festival Award gongs in the past three years.

Event director Ross Parkhill said the latest award proved that the “all-encompassing arts extravaganza” was hitting all the right notes as it continued to grow and evolve.

“To win an award naming your event the best of its type in the whole of Ireland once is a phenomenal achievement but to hold that title for three years running is beyond anything we could have hoped for. To everyone who voted for us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” he said.

Planning for the 2016 edition of the event is well underway, and Ross said anyone going along to Ballymully Cottage Farm on August 12 and 13 this year could expect an event befitting the accolades it has won.

“We are putting the pieces into place and are determined to put on an event that will have us in the running for a fourth Best Small Festival Award in as many years. We are looking forward to making some announcements in the coming weeks and months.”