Féile an Phobail
Two decades of festival fun celebrated in west Belfast. Click Play Audio for a festival launch podcast with Lord Mayor Tom Hartley, Gerry Adams MLA and director Sean Paul O'Hare
Two decades after it was created, Féile an Phobail returns to Belfast with another packed programme of events and performances in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Click here to download the full festival programme.
As official media partner of the festival, CultureNorthernIreland will be reviewing the biggest and the best that Féile 2008 has to offer, from headlining acts Brian Kennedy and The Fun Lovin' Criminals, to theatre, comedy, talks and walks in Belfast's Black Mountain.
Féile an Phobail was established in 1988 in response to the conflict in the north of Ireland. Its purpose was to celebrate the west Belfast community - its creativity, its energy, its passion for the arts, and for sport.
The festival furthermore aims to provide events and entertainment at a price that the majority of the community can afford.
In August 1988 the first Féile opened with a relatively humble parade of floats, bands and GAA clubs walking in their club regalia to an open-air party in Dunville Park.
Street parties were organized and door-to-door collections were made to fund day trips to the seaside for pensioners and outings for young people.
Since then, the August Féile has proved a resounding success, inspiring other troubled areas across Europe to organize similar festivals.
The carnival parade routinely brings over 50,000 participants for a colourful, musical procession with specially-designed floats representing a chosen theme, dancers and children in costume and face-masks.
Féile 2008 provides one of the most entertaining and eclectic programme of events thus far, with talks, music, theatre and comedy performances, drive-in cinema, sports events and exhibitions.