20 February 2006

Féile springs into action


Féile an Earraigh and Draíocht children’s festival to be launched this week

Féile an Phobail will launch their exciting spring programme of events on Thursday at the Culturlann.

Two festivals will be launched on the day, Féile an Earraigh, a dedicated weekend of festivities which will celebrate everything Irish and Draíocht Children's Arts Festival which provides a vast array of arts activities for the younger generations aged between three and 18 years old.

Féile an Earraigh will run from 9-12 March and provides a weekend of the best of traditional music on offer.

The Fureys are set to play in the Devenish on the opening night of Féile an Earraigh on 9 March.

The Seán Maguire Tribute Concert has been organised to remember one of the finest and most talented musicians that Ireland has ever produced who sadly passed away last year.

This concert will be staged in Clonard Monastery and includes performances by some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians including Frankie Gavin (DeDannan) and Joe Burke plus performances by some of Seán’s former pupils from local traditional Irish music schools.

Draíocht runs from 6-12 March and once again provides a multitude of events for young people.

Highlights include a junior version of the annual West Belfast Talks Back.
The panellists for this discussion and debate event will be announced at the launch – and Féile hope that schools from across Belfast will participate in the discussion. Draíocht Children's Arts Festival has also secured a thought-provoking drama which explores the issues around gender entitled Moulded. This production is produced and performed by members of local Belfast theatre company the Rainbow Factory. These two events are only the tip of the iceberg in this jam-packed festival for children and young people.

Seán Paul O’Hare, Director of Féile an Phobail, said:

“Once again the Féile team have produced two excellent programmes for our Féile an Earraigh and Draíocht Children's Arts Festival,” said Sean Paul.

“This is no mean feat especially in relation to Féile’s current funding situation.
“The team as a whole have been under immense pressure and are continuing to battle all the obstacles placed in front of us at this particularly difficult time.
“Féile an Phobail would like to extend the hand of welcome to everyone across the city of Belfast to come along to our launch and show their support for Féile an Phobail as a key community festival in Belfast and indeed in Ireland,” he added.

Full details of both programmes will be available at the launch on Thursday 23 February at 11.00am. Tickets for The Fureys and the Sean Maguire Tribute Concert will be available from Teach na Féile, 473 Falls Road, Belfast, credit card bookings are available on 02890 284028.

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