Féile an Phobail
Féile an Phobail was established in west Belfast in 1988 and has evolved to become one of the major arts and festival organisations in the north of Ireland. Its growth over the past 24 years has been rapid and the organisation now provides an annual programme that are firmly entrenched in Ireland's festival calendar.
Feile's programme includes:
- Draocht - arts festival for young people.
- Feile an Earraigh - celebrates Irish and Celtic art, culture, music and language.
- August Feile - flagship festival of musical concerts, comedy, culture, drama, exhibitions, debates, tours, and disability events.
Feile an Phobail's flagship programme is most certainly August Feile which has consistently grown from strength to strength. The first August Feile was a daylong celebration with a carnival parade made up of local young people and a public party in Dunville Park. The festival is jam-packed with events including: music concerts, debates and discussions, exhibitions, international food fayres, children's events, literary events, community events, walks and tours, sports, dramas, something for everyone at every age. The August Feile is a magnet for both locals and visitors alike and attracts tourists from around the world.
Feile an Earraigh
Feile an Earraigh (Traditional Spring Festival) aims to promote the Irish language, traditional music and culture through the arts, and is fast becoming a very important weekend in the Belfast calendar of festivals attracting a diverse range of audiences. It evolved from two ideas: firstly, Feile an Phobail felt it should do something significant to recognise the zoning of the emerging Gaeltacht Quarter in Belfast and secondly, a number of local traditional musicians asked the organisers to provide a platform for them to showcase their music. The festival presents a wide variety of arts and cultural events over the four day period, such as Irish traditional music sessions, master-classes, school workshops, Irish language concerts, tours and walks, debates and discussions, youth and sporting events and family based activities.
Draocht Children's Arts Festival
Draocht provides a diverse range of arts activities for children and young people aged three to 18 years. Part of its success as a children's arts festival is as a result of its youthful and creative programming, along with taking place over the Halloween school holidays. Its programme includes: dramas, arts and crafts workshops, photography, creative writing, treasure hunts, storytelling, street theatre, sports and a host of other events.