Gasyard Feile 2012 launched

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The programme for Derry’s largest community arts & cultural festival, Féile 2012 was launched yesterday at an event at The Gasyard Centre.

This year sees Féile develop into maturity with the theme of vision running through the entire festival.

In 1993 it was the vision of community activists who brought the Féile to life and it is now the biggest community celebration in the North West. Ami McBride, co-ordinator of Féile 2012 said: “We are very excited about this year’s programme which is the result of the hard work and commitment of a multitude of groups, initiatives, volunteers and residents from throughout this entire neighbourhood who come together to shape and manage this fantastic programme of events.’

Musical highlights of the festival include The Big Bog BBQ, a multicultural street party taking féile back to its roots on August 11 at Free Derry Corner. Féile Carnival Finale will see acts including Little Bear, Suspect Device, The Lost, Sara Stewart, Finding Aurora, Wile Man and many more on August 15.

As always, Féile features an extensive Political Talks and Debates section. Highlights include lectures from Dr izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian medical doctor who will discuss his book “I Shall Not Hate”; Tommy McKerney, Mozzam Begg, an exprisoner from Guantanamo Bay, Raymond McCartney, Pat Anderson and more still to be confirmed.

Exhibition highlights include Motorman – 40th Anniversary Exhibition at Pilot’s Row taking a look back at the effects on the area in a range of photographs, media coverage, personal moments and anecdotes; “A space to grow” is an exhibition of four artists being held in Foyleside for an entire week when the mall becomes an art gallery for local talent.

Drama highlights include an Irene Melaugh original play held in the Gasyard Centre. “Nightmare on Elmwood Street” a satirical black comedy which will act as a fundraiser for local charity “Action with Effect”.

Children and Young People are spoilt for choice at Féile 2012. Key events include Féile Carnival & Family Fun Day on August 12, The Street Jam on August 9, Bear Grylls Creggan Style and £100 drop.

Féile 2012 also has an extensive programme of events for the older people of the community including bus runs, dances and games.

Various venues throughout the city host Féile activities from August 6 - August 15.

Want to know more? Contact the Féile office on: 71. 262812.