Pan Celtic Festival Derry 2014

pan-celtic-festival-derry-2014An Fhéile Phan Cheilteach (the Pan Celtic Festival ) will be hosted in Londonderry/Derry in 2014 and 2015.

The Visit Derry site has this to say about it, and you can link to a PDF for the event at the end of this page:

” The festival takes place during Easter week every year (22nd – 27th April 2014) and attracts visitors to the host venue from all over Ireland as well as the Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. More than 5,000 people will participate in and attend a range of activities and events including the FestivalParade, harp, fiddle, piping, choral and traditional singing competitions. There will also be themed nights from each of the nations as well as a Camogie Blitz.

Donncha Mac Niallais of the city’s Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin said: “The Pan Celtic Festival brings together people from these islands and Brittany in a quite unique celebration of Celtic culture. It is an honour for Derry to host this event and we are sure that the peopleof Derry will extend a fáilte mhór to all our visitors. We are also confident that local people will embrace and participate fully in the Féile.

“Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin wants to thank the County Board of the GAA, Derry City Council, the Culture Company and the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau for their support for Derry’s bid to host the Festival.”

The festival, held annually in Ireland since 1971, aims to promote and strengthen Celtic languages,culture, music, song and sport and to encourage inter-Celtic tourism, trade, and commerce.”

Festival programme (PDF)

The BBC News have this to say about the festival:

Pan Celtic Festival Derry 2014

Thousands of people from across the Republic of Ireland and the UK are expected in Londonderry this week for the Pan Celtic Festival.

The festival, which begins on Tuesday, is a six-day celebration of Celtic culture through music, language and sport.

This will be the first time the festival has come to Northern Ireland.

The world-famous travelling venue, the Spiegeltent, will be the main venue for events at Guildhall Square.

The mirrored tent will play host to a line-up of musical acts under the title The Spiegel Sessions.

There will be performances by Declan O’Rourke, Alana Henderson, Breton folk group Barzaz and the Máirtín O’Connor Band.


Actors will also be walking about the city in traditional Celtic attire.

The festival will be opened on Tuesday by Celtic historian Brian Lacey and will be followed by a performance by a group from each of the Celtic nations in the city’s Guildhall.

People will be able to enjoy the sound of the fiddle, harp playing and drums

Trad act Goitse, whose song The Burst Togs was the theme song of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 in Derry, open The Spiegel Sessions on Tuesday night.

The closing event will be a concert with Scotland’s Celtic supergroup Capercaillie on Sunday in the Spiegeltent.

Also performing on the final night will be award-winning Dungiven folk singer Maranna McCloskey.

The festival will attract visitors from the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.

‘Festival atmosphere’

Odhrán Mullan, festival organiser and development and arts manager at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, said: “We are proud to bring a world-class selection of performers from across the Celtic nations for the festival, on a par with the high quality of music that we brought for Fleadh Cheoil in August.

“Audiences will be impressed by the diversity of entertainment we have in store and the visitors from the Celtic nations will provide street entertainment throughout the week, contributing to the typical festive atmosphere that has become a trademark of the city.

“Alongside these evening concerts, there will also be a range of family-orientated events in the Spiegeltent including workshops and performances from Glastonbury Festival favourites, the Armagh Rhymers.

“Children will get the opportunity to learn about Celtic culture through a variety of activities, including Celtic art workshops to produce costumes for the Parade of Nations.”

Courses and lectures will also be running throughout the week in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin and the Tower Museum.