Pan Celtic Festival in Derry~Londonderry
Music City programme continues with a celebration of Celtic culture from April 22
The organisers of the 43rd International Pan Celtic Festival have revealed a jam-packed programme of events for the whole family from April 22 – 27, in what will be the next major event of Derry~Londonderry’s Music City 2014 programme.
The festival, which comes north of the the border for the first time in its history, is a celebration of Celtic culture, and will attract artists and visitors from the Celtic nations of Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.
One of the biggest attractions is set to be the world-famous travelling venue, the Spiegeltent – a mirrored tent that will play host to a line-up of exceptional musical acts under the title The Spiegel Sessions.
Over the course of six days the venue, which will be situated in Guildhall Square, will see performances from Declan O’Rourke, Alana Henderson, Breton folk group Barzaz and the Máirtín O’Connor Band, amongst others.
Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly welcomed the Pan Celtic Festival to the city: 'The festival is a key element within the city’s Music City 2014 calendar. We will be ready to provide a Legenderry welcome to all additional visitors to enjoy the music and events over the festival weekend. I am delighted that the Spiegeltent is incorporated to generate an extra special buzz and atmosphere across the city.'
The festival will be officially opened on April 22 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. The Spiegel Sessions will kick off that night with trad act Goitse, whose track ‘The Burst Togs’ was the theme song of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013.
The closing event will be a concert with Scotland’s Celtic supergroup Capercaillie, performing on April 27 in the Spiegeltent as part of their 30th anniversary tour. Also on the bill for that night will be award-winning Dungiven folk singer, Maranna McCloskey.
Development and Arts Manager at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Odhrán Mullan 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 from 11am to 3pm, 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 on April 25 from 6pm.
For those interested in the learning about the links and nuances between the Celtic languages, free taster courses and lectures will be running throughout the week in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin and the Tower Museum.