Thompson’s Family Teas, the family behind Punjana, Northern Ireland’s favourite cup of tea, has teamed up with The Ulster Hall for a Céile themed St. Patrick’s Day Tea Dance on Monday 17th March. The evening features an internationally renowned caller and music by Belfast Traditional Music and Dance Society with a bespoke performance from Wireless Mystery Theatre – fresh from performing Brief Encounter, their first Grand Opera House production.
The Céile is famous for its light hearted, high energy group dancing and has been an ideal way of bringing people together since the 18th century, encouraging new-comers by ‘calling’ upcoming steps. Punjana recently supported the hugely popular, Punjana Retro Tea Dance which was a sell-out success, bringing to life a timeless classic.
Ross Thompson, Joint Managing Director of Thompson’s Family Teas, comments: “The history of the tea-dance is a very important part of Belfast’s history, used to unite communities during WW1 and WW2 to lift moral – I’m delighted to see the tea dance rejuvenated in this way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We have been brewing tea in Belfast since 1896 and the local community is important to us, I look forward to a reel or two myself!”
Jan Carson from the Ulster Hall adds: “We are really grateful for the continued support from Punjana. It is great to see local businesses supporting community initiatives and a lovely cup of tea on St. Patrick’s Day is just the ticket.”
There will also be a special afternoon tea dance sponsored by Punjana, free of charge for local community groups with complimentary cups of Punjana tea. Tickets for the St Patrick’s Day Céile are still available to buy at £8.00 each.
Over 18s only. To find out more go to www.waterfront.co.uk