Oaktoberfest calling all poets, music lovers, comedy fans....

Johanna Fegan is just one of the many local musicians lined up for Oaktoberfest this weekend. (51012JC)
Johanna Fegan is just one of the many local musicians lined up for Oaktoberfest this weekend. (51012JC)

Derry’s Craft Village will form the focal point of the city’s Oaktoberfest this weekend - a celebration of acoustic music, drama, readings, authors, two comedy shows, food, fun and the North West Heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam. All events (except the comedy) are FREE!

Kicking the festival off tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm in the Craft Village Square, will be musicians Joanna Fagan, Amanda Jayne Hudson, Connor Kelly, Conor Hutcheon, Aoife White and Ivory Cutlery.

From 2pm to 10pm, the picturesque Cottage at the Craft Village will be heaving with life and creativity.

2.30pm: A reading by Ann Crilly.

3pm: Author Dave Duggan reads from his new novel ‘A Sudden Sun’

3.40pm: Actor Gordon Fulton in a Story telling session with tales from J B Keane and more

6.10pm: Bassam , Short film and live extract from ‘Bassam’ by Idan Meir, followed by discussion with the author/director and the actor Fadl Mustapha.

Bassam tells the story of one of the founders of Combatants for peace..

8pm - 10pm: Comedy Nights Part 1 - Hosted by Victoria E Anderson and featuring Gary Lynch, Leigh Stirrup, Mark Cahill, Fintan Harvey, Lorcan McGrane, Daniel Devine, James Lecky and Rory McSwiggan. Enjoy 8 comedians for the price of a pint!

The Oaktoberfest continues on Sunday, with the highlight being the North West heats of the All Ireland Poetry Slam.

3.30pm: Registration for the North West Heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam at the Craft Village Cottage.

4pm: The North West Heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam 2012 - all welcome.

9pm: Oaktoberfest concludes at Sandinos Main Venue on Foyle Street for Comedy Nights Part 2, again hosted by Victoria E Armstrong and featuring, Bobby Best, Michael Porter, Danny McCrossan, Frank Rafferty, Sorcha Shanahan, John Jordan, Margo Carr, and Peter E Davidson.

Who can resist eight comedians for the price of a pint!