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IrishFest Atlanta Celebrates the Best of Traditional Irish Music, Dance, and Culture October 26-27
Sixth Annual Cultural Event Features Popular, Legendary Irish Bands,Dance Performances, Workshops, and Family Fun
July 27, 2018 (Atlanta, GA) — The sixth annual IrishFest Atlanta will feature popular traditional Irish band, Téada, The Green Fields of America on their 40th Anniversary Tour, and the return of members of Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band in a lively ceili (dance) October 26-27, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody (4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road).
The two-day festival features concerts, dance performances, workshops, a ceili dance, lectures, and family fun activities. Workshop and concert prices range from $25 for individual concerts to $100 for a weekend package. Tickets available at IrishFestAtlanta.org.
Teresa M. Finley, IrishFest Chair, says, “From the beginning we’ve been deeply committed to bringing not only the entire Irish community, but all of Atlanta, together to celebrate the best of the Irish culture. This wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support of local musicians, dancers, Atlanta’s Irish cultural groups, and our dedicated team of organizers. A big thank you to them as we prepare for the biggest IrishFest Atlanta yet!”
Additional IrishFest Atlanta activities include:
• Workshops in music, song, and dance from well-known artists like Oisín Mac Diarmada, Paul Finn, Damien Stenson, Seán McElwain, Tristan Rosendstock, Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, Brenda Castles, Liz Hanely, Billy McComiskey, Niall O’Leary, Robbie O’Connell, Margie Mulvihill and John Reynolds.
• Free activities including marketplace performances and vendors, lectures, language class, and children’s programs.
• Special events including whiskey tastings, the art of pouring the perfect pint of Guinness, and tea with the Irish Consul General.
• Silent auction supporting Irish Traditions Atlanta scholarships.
The 2017 IrishFest drew an estimated 800 participants, the largest in the festival’s five years. There are now more than 20 different music, song, dance, and other cultural workshops and enrichment classes that contribute to creating a vital Irish community in the Atlanta area. 2018 marks the first time IrishFest Atlanta will feature a band directly from Ireland – Téada – and will also see a record 16 national and international artists perform and teach workshops throughout the two-day event.
Dr. James Flannery, Professor Emeritus Irish Studies at Emory University, said, “In the best tradition of a genuinely Irish celebration, there was a great warmth about the whole event, from the friendly greetings of the volunteers, to the lively concert and ceili with all the musicians joining in.”
About IrishFest Atlanta
IrishFest Atlanta launched November 2013 to promote the culture of Ireland through the country’s traditional music, song, dance, and language. The vision of IrishFest Atlanta’s original founders was to create a weekend of cultural performances, lectures, and workshops in a festive environment appealing to community members of all ages and varying familiarity of all things Irish. IrishFest Atlanta is sponsored by Irish Traditions Atlanta, a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Comhaltas is an international organization whose objective is to promote Irish culture and language. Irish Traditions Atlanta is a non-profit organization. More information at IrishFestAtlanta.org and on social media—Facebook (IrishFestAtlanta1), Twitter (@Irishfestatl), and Instagram (@irishfestatlanta).
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