Another triumphant year for Earhart Festival

Having fun at the Earhart Festival are, from left, Caolan Kennedy, and Damon, Myles and Brandon Meenan. (1608PG85)
Having fun at the Earhart Festival are, from left, Caolan Kennedy, and Damon, Myles and Brandon Meenan. (1608PG85)

Organisers of the Earhart Festival 2011 have praised everyone involved in this year’s spectacular celebrations.

This year’s festival played host to over 60 fun-filled events spanning nine days. It culminated yesterday with Festival Finale street parties.

Festival director Ollie Green, of Greater Shantallow Community Arts, told the ‘Journal’ yesterday: “We had many amazing events this year, including the brilliant Messing With The Music workshops which saw over 20 young people coming together to learn how to write and perform their own music, some of whom had no experience at all.

“During the course of a week, participants formed three bands, all of whom took to the stage to performed during the main festival event on Sunday at Ballyarnett Park. Obviously, as an arts organisation, we intend to continue with this as it’s great opportunity for all those taking part.”

“We are all absolutely delighted with the turn-out for the grand finale of the Earhart Festival at Ballyarnett Country Park.

“We had everything from puppet shows to Zumba to face painting and some fantastic acts such as the participants of our Messing With The Music course, The Clameens, Dannika, The Cullen School of Irish Dancing and Street Feet dancers.

“Our headliners, Pink, Lady Gaga, the Killers of Leon and Flash Harry were all amazing too. We also had the crowd all dancing along with the Zumba dance - it was great craic!”

Special invited guests included the Bishop of Derry, Seamus Hegarty, and Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney, and Claire McCauley of sponsors Medicare.

Mr Green paid tribute to all those who attended the festival finale on Sunday, despite the weather.

“It’s great to see Ballyarnett Country Park being used so well and being so full of life. It reinforces this area as a prime performance space for the future and hopefully, for the City of Culture celebrations.”