Ireland’s Biggest Community Festival and Summer School, Féile An Phobail launched its packed 2016 programme this week and it is bigger and better than ever.
Running from 3-14 August in West Belfast and beyond, the 28th Féile will include gigs, debates, plays, walks and sporting acts. Headliners for the series of Falls Park Big Top shows include All Saints, Deacon Blue, The Kooks, The Coronas, Holly Johnson, Hue and Cry, Roland Gift and more.
This year’s Clonard gig features three of the most seminal living Irish female performers in Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan with special guest Brigid O’Neill, and The Wolfe Tones will be playing out the Féile at Falls Park on 14 August.
Finishing touches are also being applied to the Féile Discussions and Debates programme which promises to deliver more of the excellent Perspectives on 1916 series, which examines the legacies of the Battle of the Somme and Easter Rising plus several big names in the world of policy, campaigning and social justice, including human rights barrister Michael Mann QC and of course the return of West Belfast Talks Back.
Other returning Féile favourites include the Carnival Parade, which organisers reveal will be the biggest yet, Party in the Park with a very special star guest, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic and many more community, family and sporting events.
Féile Director, Kevin Gamble said,“We’re thrilled to be finally launching this year’s programme. It always seems a long time coming and we can’t wait to unleash what we’ve got in store from 3-14 August. What I can promise people is that they won’t be disappointed and we think there’ll be something for everybody in the community, and beyond! 2016 is a huge year for the people of West Belfast and we’re planning on presenting an August Féile that reflects that.”
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “Feile an Phobail has been bringing communities closer together through the arts for many years now, by providing the kinds of shared experiences that people of all ages and all backgrounds want to be involved in. The Arts Council is delighted to once again support the Feile with this year’s terrific programme of events and would encourage everyone to get involved in something special.”
Féile runs from 3-14 August. Tickets are available at www.feilebelfast.com