The organizers of Féile 2014 have revealed details of the 21st edition of Derry’s biggest community arts and cultural festival which will take place at various venues across the city from August 7 to 16.
This year’s packed programme features more than 60 events ranging from music, literature, sport, visual arts, fun days, health, discussions, lectures, community consultation and tours.
The Community Marquee at the Gasyard Park will host music, comedy, dances, fashion shows and a range of family events throughout the festival.
There will be plenty of laughter at the Féile with top comedians including Andrew Maxwell, David McSavage from The Savage Eye and Kevin McAleer jetting in for Féile Laughs on August 12 and 13 while Hugo Duncan will be at the festival for an afternoon of live country music, cream buns and craic on Monday August 11.
Bluebell Arts will host a series of art & craft workshops at the Arts Factory, an exhibition of art by Open Door Collective and a fashion show featuring work produced by crochet/crafts enthusiasts. As well as a range of art workshops, Féile 2014 has a number of events for children and young people including music and sporting events, fun days, day-trips and adventure days while the programme also features a series of dances, social events, health events and day trips for older members of the community. Sporting highlights at Féile 2014 include the The Jog In The Bog, Féile Boat Race, Padraig Barton Cup, The Legenderry Swim, the Barry O’Kane Cup and the MAC Cup.
Residents and visitors alike will be able to explore the area’s history on Tuesday August 12 as Aras Cholmcille, The Siege Museum, The Museum of Free Derry and The Heritage Museum open their doors for Féile Heritage Day. There will also be a series of film screenings, talks, readings and debates focusing on issues including British military impunity in the 1970s, the rise of racism in the north, the ongoing slaughter in Palestine and the relevance of a Republican Congress on the 80th anniversary of the 1934 congress.
A sequel to Mary Holland’s acclaimed documentary, Creggan, will be premiered at The Hive Studios at Rath Mór Centre on Monday August 11 while dramatist and novelist, Dave Duggan will read from his extensive work at The Verbal Arts Centre on Thursday August 12.
For more info, check the festival Facebook page www.facebook.com/gasyardfeile or contact the Féile office on 02871 262812.