Multicultural Music And Dance Project For West Kerry Performance

Posted by


‘Le Chéile’

CATHERINE Young and The Welcoming Project will showcase their new work ‘Le Chéile’ at Céilí Afro Dabke on Sunday, May 5 at 6pm as part of Féile na Bealtaine in Dingle.

This world music céilí will feature dancing from West Africa, Palestinian Dabke as well as the traditional Irish céilí dances with live music with some of Ireland and Kerry’s finest musicians: Martin Scharer, Jon Sanders, Brian Fleming, James Mahon (Kíla), Meabh Begley, Mícheál O’Dubhghaill, Jeremy Spencer and Nico Sewee as well as professional dancers from Palestine and Ethiopia.

The cast hails from over 15 different countries including Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Kenya, Iraq, Algeria, South Africa, France, Germany, Switzerland to name a few and includes many people currently living in Direct Provision in Kerry.

Continued below…


Everyone is welcome to come join in, no experience needed only an open heart and mind. Catherine Young has been Dance Artist in Residence in Kerry over a period of 13 years with Kerry County Council and also at Siamsa Tíre.

Her professional company works have toured nationally and internationally. She started The Welcoming Project in 2016 as a way to foster cultural integration and social inclusion with Ireland’s new communities, especially those living in Direct Provision.

The project offers a way for locals and migrants to come together and share their cultures and stories through the arts.

It is a way through dance and music for people to really get to know one another and experience the cultures of the other.

This multicultural dance group that came together for one dance creation in 2016, has expanded and grown over the past 3 years performing on The Abbey main stage in August 2018, at The Big Bang Festival in 2017/2018, at the Dingle Global Rhythms Festival as well as part of the group touring to open the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in 2017.

The first Céilí Afro Dabke was launched at Culture Night 2018 in Tralee to huge success and now The Welcoming Project are bringing it to West Kerry.

Comments are closed.