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Pan Celtic Festival a huge success

One of the youth choirs from Wales performing at a concert in the Guildhall, during the Pan Celtic Festival celebrations over the weekend. INLS1714MC041

One of the youth choirs from Wales performing at a concert in the Guildhall, during the Pan Celtic Festival celebrations over the weekend. INLS1714MC041

Thousands of people visited Derry at the weekend for the culmination of the Pan Celtic Festival, which organisers have hailed as a huge success.

The festival ended on Sunday night with a sold-out concert by Scottish folk legends, Capercaille, in the Spiegeltent in Guildhall Square.

The performance brought a close to a week of concerts by some of the biggest names in traditional and folk music, which were billed as the Spiegeltent Sessions, held in the unique venue.

The festival celebrated the music, language and culture of the six celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man.

Ahead of Sunday’s finale concert, there was a full programme of festival events held in the city centre at the weekend.

On Friday a festival parade of nations was held from The Diamond to Guildhall Square with representatives from each of the celtic nations, including many in national dress. Musicians from each of the six nations, including loyalist bands from Derry, joined together to form a ‘Pan Celtic Pipe Band’ for the festival parade.

A choral concert was also held in An Eaglais, the former Third Derry Presbyterian Church building on Great James’ Street which was recently bought by Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

The finale of Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s national talent competition, An Ré Nua, was held in the Spiegeltent on Sunday with Athru, who played in the venue on Tuesday night, named as winners.

Derry’s Mayor, councillor Martin Reilly, congratulated the organisers of the festival on its success.

“This was another hugely successful event for our city. The weather was fantastic and the atmosphere was electric with everyone enjoying the music and festivities.

“A big well done and thank you to everyone involved in making it such a success. The party continues this weekend when the city plays host to the 13th City of Derry Jazz and Big Band festival,” he said.

 
 
 

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