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The programme for the 24th August Féile has officially been unveiled, with a packed programme of events to look forward to this summer including music and comedy acts, plus a diverse range of dance, literature, drama, family fun, sport, tours, discussions and debates.
Taking place between 2nd-12th August 2012, with 300 events across 30 different venues, this year’s festival line-up includes Mary Black with support from Gerry Creen at Clonard Monastery, Alabama 3, Shannon & the Shortcuts, The American Drifters, Beach Boys Tribute, Bad Manners & Dog House Ska.
Director of Féile an Phobail Kevin Gamble cannot wait for this year’s programme to start. He says “the line-up this year is second to none. We’ve programmed an event packed festival over ten days, which has something for everyone to be part of. We’re proud to be showcasing such talent and creativity”.
Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “Féile an Phobail has successfully established itself as a key cultural event, annually drawing audiences from across Northern Ireland and beyond to engage in the arts. As a key funder of the festival, the Arts Council recognizes the importance of an arts event such as this which is driven and supported by the local community. Featuring a fantastic line up of local and international acts, this year’s festival has something for everyone.”
One of Féile’s most attended and celebrated events is the Opening Day Carnival Parade (Sunday 5th August: 1:00pm). Thousands of people throng the streets of West Belfast, and along the Falls Road to experience professional artists and local people performing side by side in an atmosphere filled with music, percussion, songs, colour and laughter.
Although West Belfast is the heart of the festival’s stomping ground, particularly with the Féile marquee this year being located in the Falls Park and the area around the Gaeltacht Quarter, Féile 2012 will also see events throughout the City. The City Hall will host an afternoon for young up and coming local bands, and Stormont Estate will be used for the annual Poc Fada.
Féile an Phobail was initially established in 1988 as a direct response to the conflict. Its purpose was to celebrate the positive side of the community, its creativity, its energy, its passion for the arts, and for sport.
For more information or to download this year’s festival programme, go to: www.feilebelfast.com