Feile 2011 plans for busy 18th

Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney with Martina Anderson MLA, Councillor Patricia Logue and Gasyard Feile organsiersLinda McKinney and Gareth Stewart at teh launch of Feile 2011.  (2607JB28)
Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney with Martina Anderson MLA, Councillor Patricia Logue and Gasyard Feile organsiersLinda McKinney and Gareth Stewart at teh launch of Feile 2011. (2607JB28)

The programme for Féile 2011 was launched at The Gasyard Centre, Derry on Friday.

Celebrating it’s 18th birthday Féile organisers are taking the opportunity to look back, celebrate achievements and look confidently to a better future.

This year, the biggest community celebration in the North West will offer over 100 exciting events, in such diverse fields as music, literature, sport, education, visual arts, carnival, fun days, health, discussions, lectures, conferences, community consultation and tours.

As always, Féile features an extensive political debates programme. Highlights include lectures from two of Ireland’s most respected political and historical writers, Fintan O’Toole and Tim Pat Coogan. Drama highlights include performances from local drama groups of ‘Bouncers’, ‘Solicitors’ and ‘Walk on Peace’ and ‘Save on Sole.’ Brassneck Theatre Company will also premiere their new production ‘1981’ at The Gasyard Centre on Thursday August 11. Musical highlights of the festival include the customary outdoor weekend festival at The Gasyard Park featuring some of Ireland’s best bands including The Rubber Bandits, Cashier No.9, Mirenda Rosenberg Band, Paul Casey, Swanee River and Triggerman, Inishowen Gospel Choir and Balkan Alien Sound.

Martina Anderson, MLA, said at the launch, “The Féile has gone from a one-day event and has since mushroomed into an annual week long festival of arts, music, cultural and community organised activity.”

Brendan McMenamin, Arts and Cultural Development Officer at Derry City Council, commented: “I believe Féile is a model of best practice for community festivals that take a holistic approach and see culture for its inclusive impact in benefiting the quality of life for people who live in the community.”

For more info or to request a programme, contact the Féile office on 02871262812.