Windows Competition

Although Wexford Festival Opera regrettably cannot welcome audiences to our town this year, we were determined to ensure that all eyes would still be on Wexford in 2020. This is why we decided to reimagine this year’s Festival and make it available safely online and free-to-view globally in association with RTÉ. We will keep Wexford in the hearts and minds of people all over the world to encourage them to return for the renowned warm Wexford welcome once again. An important and immensely popular part of previous Festivals has been ‘The Windows Competition’ and this year we think it is more important than ever! We hope you agree and join in!

This year’s Festival theme was to be Shakespeare in the Heart, which we will now stage in 2021. So the new theme for this year’s reimagined Festival is Waiting for Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s plays and stories in opera are numerous; this year’s Waiting for Shakespeare Wexford Festival includes six episodic scenes from Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi and a brand new short opera by Irish composer Andrew Synnott, What happened to Lucrece, based on the Shakespeare sonnet. There will be other Shakespearian themed events too, including short Pop-up Events in and around Wexford town. 

We are encouraging local shopkeepers and business owners to participate in the Wexford Festival Opera Windows Competition to demonstrate the town’s pride in the Festival it created and in anticipation of its 70th anniversary. Although there are fewer singers, crew, and orchestra around the town, we are posting daily videos on our YouTube channel so you can follow what is happening daily on the stage in High Street!


To take part, dress your shop window following your personal Shakespearian play. Once your window is arranged to your satisfaction, take a photo and email it to by Monday, 5 October.

Judging will take place on Friday, 9 October, when our panel of judges will visit all participating premises and on Saturday, 10 October the winning nomination will take place in the National Opera House. Participants are encouraged to leave their displays up until Sunday, 11 October, which is this year’s Opening Night.

There will be two prizes 

• best creative Window 

• best use of space, set and location 


The two winners will receive €500 and host a Pop-up Event in 2021 during the 70th anniversary of WFO. Photos will be on WFO’s website and social media during the opening of the 69th WFO.