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City Hall opens for Féile

Féile keeps breaking new ground and this year has been no exception with the City Hall the newest Festival venue. On Saturday hundreds of people packed the grounds outside City Hall for the inaugural Trad On The Lawn, bringing together Damien O’Kane and Cara Dillon. Although the outdoor concert was interspersed with light showers, the […]

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Féile art no longer rare as Hen’s Teeth

There is usually so much on offer at Féile that it’s extremely difficult to tick off everything in the programme. This year, as the festival celebrates its 25th birthday, it’s no different so in a bid to see more, I chose a different approach. I worked my way through the hefty programme highlighting what is […]

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Capacity crowd keep the Faith in Féile

FÉILE25 kicked off in exuberant style on Friday evening as the Big Top Tent welcomed icons of dance Agnelli and Nelson, Chicane, and in a festival coup Faithless. The sounds of the Balearic islands were ringing out of the Falls Park from as early as 8pm as local DJ’s Jamsey Butler and Gareth Woods took […]

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Happy Sundays in the Big Top for Féile music fans

The Happy Mondays and The Charlatans played to a capacity Big Top tent on Sunday night at Féile. There was a real festival atmosphere in the Falls Park as hundreds mingled outside the tent before the main event, eagerly anticipating the night ahead. If the truth be told I came late to the Happy Mondays […]

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Past inspires Deirdre

ART exhibitions at St Mary’s University College are one of Féile an Phobail’s annual highlights and exhibiting her work for the first time this year is Upper Springfield Development Arts Manager Deirdre Mackel. Entitled ‘Dressed To…’ Deirdre explained how her paintings are rooted in memories of her West Belfast childhood, described as a “more symbolic […]

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Oh Baby, Brenda’s done it again

Leaving the Cultúrlann on Monday night an audience member ahead of me turned to her friend and said, “I’ve never seen a bad play at Féile yet.” As we slowly made our way down the stairs, other members of the audience were quoting lines from the comedy we had just watched and were laughing out […]

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