Gasyard Feile kicks off

Action from last years Gasyard Feile.
Action from last years Gasyard Feile.

The 18th annual Gasyard Feile kicks off a jam packed programme on Friday evening. The ten day festival with a theme of past, present and future runs from Friday August 5 for ten days.

The programme has something for everyone from young to old, political to apolitical and from rockers to ravers, there is something among the list of over 100 events to suit every taste.

Over forty events are targetted specifically to those under 18, with ‘Teenage Kicks’ in Guildhall Square for young people aged 11 to 17 on Wednesday August 10. Highlights on the day will include the talents of Screendeath, Wonder Villains and Jody has a Hitlist. Admission to this event is free and it will run from 1 to 7pm.

There are carnival street parades on August 14 while for the more sporting teens there are The MAC Cup, Barry O’Kane Cup and Padraig Barton Cup as well as paintballing, fishing trips and pool competitions.

In terms of drama on offer, Brassneck Theatre Company’s production, 1981, will be showing at The Gasyard Centre on Thursday August 11. The play chronicles the 1981 Hunger Strike.

This is insightful and somehow uplifting theatre, examining the lives of each of the ten hunger-strikers and how they shook the world from their prison cells.

Other theatre performances include Bouncers, Solicitors, Walk on Peace and Save on Sole.

Musical highlights of the festival include The First Waltz, a live re-enactment of classic movie, The Last Waltz at St Columb’s Hall on August 12 and ‘Wan Big Weekend’, an outdoor weekend festival at The Gasyard Park featuring some of Ireland’s best bands including The Rubber Bandits, Cashier No.9, Mirenda Rosenberg Band, Paul Casey, Swanee River and Triggerman, Inishowen Gospel Choir and Balkan Alien Sound.

Féile is a political animal and the 2011 festival features lectures from two of Ireland’s most respected political and historical writers, Fintan O’Toole and Tim Pat Coogan.

For more info, contact the Féile office on 02871262812.