Action packed line up for Creggan festival

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A host of events will take place throughout Creggan over the next week as part of the Féile 2012 celebrations.

The activities will include a range of events from football and fishing competitions, the return of the popular Creggan Olympics, talent competitions, and will culminate in a festival parade through the estate.

The festivities get underway tomorrow with an intergenerational fishing competition at Creggan Country Park between 2 and 4pm. As well as the fishing side of the competition, all fish caught will be taken up to the new Creggan allotments at Westway where the fish will be cooked along with freshly grown vegetables. The event has been organised in partnership with the Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership and the Healthy Living Centre and will also involve free heath checks for adults. Anyone wishing to take part should contact the Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership or Old Library Trust and the cost is £5 per family.

The Creggan Youth Drop In Centre is also organising a street football competition which will take place across the estate throughout the week.

While the 2012 Olympic Games may be taking place in London. Creggan will be hosting its very own version with Olympic trial taking place all next week ahead of the main competition next weekend.

Sunday August 12th will see a range of sporting events throughout Creggan as part of the ‘Creggan Clocks Miles’ initiative. The idea is to get families to take part in a wide variety of sporting events and every miles will be counted and added to a community total.

Carnival workshops will take place throughout the week involving community workers from a range of organisations working with young people and residents of individual streets in the area to build floats for the carnival parade on Sunday August 12th through the estate. This year’s parade will have an Olympic theme and will have a multicultural element with flags of many different nations.

The festival will culminate with a family fun day and open air concert on Sunday August 12th. The fun day will include traditional carnival favourites as well as a rodeo bull and barbecue. This will be followed by a family friendly, alcohol free open air concert at Bishop’s Field from 7pm involving local musical talent from the estate.