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.
- Draocht - Arts festival for young people.
- Feile an Earraigh - Celebrates Irish, 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 most recent August Feile was an eleven-day jam-packed programme of events including: music concerts, debates and discussions, exhibitions, international food fayre, 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 us to provide a platform for them to showcase their music. The result has been a hugely successful festival that has grown in magnitude year on year surpassing its original aim. The festival celebrates the best of Irish culture and the arts in West Belfast and further a afield, presenting 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.
Feile an Phobail is also responsible for the first dedicated children's festival in the north of Ireland. Draocht Children's Arts Festival was established in 1996. Draocht provides a diverse range of arts activities for children and young people aged 3 -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. After the success with the Celtic Round House in Falls Park and the Scandinavian Tee Pee, we continue to make use of outdoor spaces such as Falls Park for visual arts and children's activities. Local schools, shopping centre and community groups are also involved in order to present arts activities to the youth in our community. This festival is an investment in our next generation; through the arts we build confidence and self-esteem and pass on our heritage.
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