Pan Celtic Festival starts today


Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Derry over the next week for the Pan Celtic Festival which begins today.

The festival celebrates the music, language and culture of the six Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man.

It will be launched at a ceremony in the Guildhall tonight at 7.30pm by a lecture from noted Derry historian, Brian Lacey.

The first of the Spiegeltent Sessions - a series of concerts held in the unique venue in Guildhall Square will be held tonight with high energy band, Goitse, performing.

The concerts will continue each night until Saturday with some of the biggest names in traditional and folk music playing including Barzaz (Weds), Declan O’Rourke (Thurs), Paddy Callaghan Band (Fri), Máirtín O’Connor (Sat) and Capercaille (Sun).

Tickets for all of the Spiegeltent Sessions are priced at £10 and area available from Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin or at or by calling 71264132.

The festival will include a Parade of Nations through the city centre on Friday afternoon with participants from each of the nations taking part, many in traditional costumes.

It will also include taster sessions for the Celtic languages to give people the opportunity to learn a few phrases in each of the languages.

Full programme can be viewed at