Full Programme For Day-Long Dance Celebration On Banna Announced

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Casement Project

Féile Fáilte as part of the The Casement Project comes to Banna Strand on Saturday week, July 23.

THE full programme of events has been announced for the Féile Fáilte free, outdoor, day-long celebration of the dancing body on the beach made famous by Roger Casement’s ill-fated 1916 landing.

Taking place on Saturday July 23, on Banna Strand, locals, visitors, young and old are invited to come along to dance performances, an evening ceilí, a sun-down beach disco, musical guests and a midnight spectacle of light to “welcome the stranger”, re-imagining the Ireland that greeted Casement’s coming ashore there as a welcoming body of dynamic inclusivity.

Running from mid-afternoon to midnight, all are welcome to come, watch, dance, enjoy and remember at this free and unticketed day out.

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Dancer performances already confirmed for Féilte Fáilte include Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company, performing Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s The Rhythm of Fierce and John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre.

Siamsa Tíre will be bringing their beautiful singing and dancing to the beach in an extract from their acclaimed show, Oileán. Fearghus Ó Conchúir and his exciting company of dancers will present a special ‘unplugged’ performance of Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project, fresh from its world premiere in London and ahead of its official Irish premiere in Dublin.

Dance enthusiasts from Kerry will also perform in a specially commissioned piece by long-time Kerry Dance Artist in Residence, Catherine Young.

As well as dancing, there will be a wide variety of music to hear and dance along to, including local legend Paddy Hanafin as céilí-master, Alma Kelliher (of The Evertides) and Limerick-based musical trio Rusangano Family.

Here is the full programme for the day…

3pm Welcome by Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Artistic Director The Casement Project

3.10pm Welcoming the Stranger – Catherine Young, local dancers, live musicians

3.40pm The Rhythm of Fierce – Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company

4.30pm Oileán – Siamsa Tíre, National Folk Theatre of Ireland

5pm Dance and games on the beach

6pm Beachside céilí with Paddy Hanafin

7.30pm Precious Magic – John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre

8.15pm Rusangano Family

9.30pm Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project – Fearghus Ó Conchúir

10.45pm Lighting the beach

11pm Disco with Mangina Jones

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