Baile Mhuire Centre To Host ‘Céilí Afro Dabke’ On Culture Night

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‘It Takes A Village’ being performed during Culture Night Kerrylast year. Photo by Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus

CÉILÍ Afro Dabke will take place in Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre in Balloonagh, Tralee on Culture Night, Friday, September 21 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

This is a world music céilí dance developed by dancer and choreographer Catherine Young and The Welcoming Project with a cast spanning performers from Ireland, Europe, Palestine, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, The Congo, South Africa and beyond. Everyone is welcome to attend and the ceilí is free and open to all ages.

“The night is all about fusion, enjoying movement, and hearing music you might not have heard before, but being part of the performance and the fun”, according to Catherine Young.

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Catherine is Kerry County Council’s Dancer in Residence whose work has focussed on choreography, inclusion, workshops and collaboration with groups of all ages but especially with Immigrant Support Centres, new communities and communities in direct provision.

“Catherine’s work is inventive and accessible, she creates a safe respectful space where the common language is music and dance and the atmosphere always focussed and committed. We are delighted to have her calibre working in Kerry as part of the Creative Ireland Kerry programme”, Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer at Kerry County Council said.

Catherine Young Dance and The Welcoming Project had a recent performance in August this year on The Abbey Theatre main stage as part of Jimmy’s Hall Today event.

The Tralee event for Culture Night promises to ignite the evening with an excerpt from “It takes a Village”, a performance which received multiple standing ovations at last year’s performance at Siamsa Tíre in Tralee.

Following the performance, the floor will be opened-up for all to join in Ireland’s first Céilí Afro Dabke!

An evening of world music dance and song where everyone can learn African dance, Palestinian Dabke dance, finishing up with some traditional Irish ceilí dances. It is an evening all about coming together, of people, of cultures and a chance to meet new people through culture.

Catherine is advising that we “Come with an open heart and open mind and enjoy the music of some of Ireland’s finest musicians”.

Musicians include Dingle’s Polka4, Martin Schärer, Cormac Breathnach, Jon Sanders & Brian Fleming.

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