useful info

Telephone: +44 (0)28 9181 0803



PAYMENT/ BOOKINGS

Box Office
Ards Arts Centre
Town Hall
Conway Square
Newtownards
BT23 4NP

Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-4,30pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm

T: 0044 (0)28 9181 0803
E: ardsguitar@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Payment can be made by cash, cheque, and any major credit/ debit cards. When collecting pre-paid tickets, proof of identification is required.

F: Ards International Guitar Festival
T: @ArdsGuitarFest



CAR PARKING
There are a number of car parks in Newtownards, in close proximity to festival venues. If directions are required, please contact Ards Arts Centre.



DISABILITY ACCESS
Access arrangements vary according to venue. Please contact Ards Arts Centre to discuss, prior to booking tickets.



ACCOMMODATION
Contact Ards Visitor Information Centre, Regent Street, Newtownards for information on accommodation in the area.
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9182 6846



Lifetime Achievement Award

Every year Ards International Guitar Festival will choose someone to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their work with the guitar.
The very first award was presented in 1999.

The recipients to date are:

  • 1999 – Norman Watson
  • 2000 – Davey Graham
  • 2001 – Henry McCullough
  • 2002 – John Renbourn
  • 2003 – Louis Stewart
  • 2004 – John Martyn
  • 2005 – Arty McGlynn
  • 2006 – Martin Simpson
  • 2007 – Eric Bell
  • 2008 – Gordon Giltrap
  • 2009 – Pat McManus
  • 2010 – Gerry Donahue
  • 2011 – Carlos Bonell
  • 2012 – Martin Taylor
  • 2013 – Preston Reed
  • 2014 – Pierre Bensusan
  • 2016 – Martin Carthy
  • 2017 – Sarah McQuaid

So who will receive the award this year???


Special Thanks to Anthony Toner as guest programmer and to Marty Coney and all at the Ivy Bar, Ernie McMillen and the team at Avalon Guitars and to Paul McMordie, Paul O’Neill, Darren Porter and Andrew Cooke.