Clean sweep for Stendhal at Irish Festival Awards

The Divine Comedy, AKA Neil Hannon
The Divine Comedy, AKA Neil Hannon

Co. Derry Music and Arts Festival, Stendhal Festival of Art was the big winner at this year’s annual Irish Festival awards.

The event, which takes place every August at Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady, won three gongs on February 6 for their 2014 event including Family Festival Award, Best Line-up and for the second year in a row, Best Small Festival.

The results saw a clean sweep for the festival, as they won in every category they were nominated in.

Event Director Ross Parkhill said: “We had hoped to get our name on the winners at least once,” he said, “but to win every category we were nominated in is unbelievable and testament to all the volunteers, committee members, local businesses, production teams and the hundreds of people who ensure Stendhal is safe and successful every summer.

Organiser Colm O’Donnell added: “The Family Award is something I personally am delighted we have won. We set out from the very start to make our event accessible and enjoyable for everyone, from 8 months to 80 years, we want to promote things that resonate throughout generations.”

Organiser John Cartwright said; “We work incredibly hard on booking a line-up each year that works on several different levels. We want name acts which we had with The Undertones, Frightened Rabbit, Paddy Casey, Duke Special and the like. We want a multitude of different genres of not only music but poetry and comedy too and we always try to programme stage times to best maximise the potential of an artist.”

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