Pan Celtic Arts Festival
Donegal Town, Co Donegal
While this is primarily a competitive festival, with competitions for singers, musicians, dancers, song writers and pipe bands, there are also many non-competitive and informal events to entertain those not immediately involved in competitions.
There will be competitors and visitors from six Celtic nations in attendance – Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany and Ireland.
Events include traditional folk music, Celtic rock and pop, dancing, pipe band performances, choral music and a colourful street parade
At night the place to be Club na Féile, the festival club, which is hosted each night by a different country, with the music, song and dance of that nation at the core of the evenings fun.
In 2010 the Festival will be hosted for the first time in the Gaeltacht of Corca Dhuibhne.
A traditional singing competition takes place on the 7th, with many well known names on the Celtic music circuit taking part. The popular Pan Celtic International Song Contest, which features an eclectic mix of Celtic, Rock, Folk, Traditional and Pop music, is back and takes place on Thursday night.
Other events certain to be well attended include the gala concert of choral performances from choirs all over the Celtic nations, which takes place in St Patrick’s Church on Friday, and Irish Céilí on the opening night.
This is a must on the itinerary of any visitor to Ireland who has a real interest in traditional and Celtic arts – and great fun for anyone who happens to be in the area.
For full programme details visit the festival website.