Windows Display Competition 2022

Wexford Festival Opera are determined to ensure that all eyes are still on Wexford in 2022. An important and immensely popular part of previous Festivals has been the Window Display Competition. This year it is more important than ever!

In keeping with the theme of the Festival this year, the theme for the competition is Magic & Music. We are encouraging Wexford businesses to take part and participate to demonstrate the town’s pride in the Festival it has created since 1951.

A Creative Team is available to assist you with your window display should you need help with ideas or sourcing vintage props for your window. Don’t hesitate to contact for more assistance.


Participation is easy

Design your window display using the Magic & Music theme as your inspiration. Email a photograph of your creative window display by Wednesday 19 October 2022 to

Entries must be in prior to 21 October 2022.

Judging will take place between 21 & 28 October 2022 and winners will be announced at a reception at the National Opera House.

This year’s judging panel are – Roberto Catalano, Opera Director, Emanuele Sinisi, Opera Set Designer, Shonagh Lyons, Presenter at BEAT FM and Niamh Hatchell, Media Engagement & Digital Communications Manager.

Participants are encouraged to leave their displays up until after the closing night (6 November 2022) of the Festival.



There are five prizes

· Best Creative Window

· Best Incorporation of Theme

· Best Use of Space

· Best Use of Colour/Lighting

· Best Environment Friendly Theme

There will be more prizes than ever this year, including cash prizes, across five categories. An overall winner will also be announced. Let’s decorate the town for Festival time!

Photographs of the winning window displays will be posted on and publicised by local media during the Festival.


The Festival has worked closely for many years with The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Wexford to promote the values of a healthy circular economy. Through this partnership, this year we are encouraging all businesses entering the Wexford Festival Opera 2022 Windows Display Competition to make environmentally friendly and sustainable choices when designing your window displays.


As part of your entry under the theme Music & Magic, we will be taking special note of businesses who promote and demonstrate the following elements;

· Reusing or repurposing materials found in your shop/business

· Using recycled materials in your design

· The use of energy efficient lighting i.e. solar lighting

· Overall incorporation of a sustainable message within your design

· Introducing elements of nature and the environment into your display i.e. raw materials from nature