An annual provincial event, encapsulating each element of Irish tradition.
The Ulster Fleadh (Fleadh Uladh) is an extremely cultural tourism focused event, bringing people together from all community backgrounds to witness a weeklong celebration of Irish traditional music, song, dance and cross-community events.
This year local trad association Ards CCÉ is helping host the festival once again in various venues in and around the seaside town of Bangor. It will run from Sun 23rd – Sun 30th July inclusive and will incorporate a magnificent mix of competitions and cultural events which showcase each element of Irish traditional culture. The festival will attract a large number of participants and visitors and will bring over 2,750 competitors together to compete in a vast array of competitions, bringing with them large travelling groups of friends and family. This coupled with other visitors and spectators mean that estimated festival attendances reach over 20,000.
The main element of the event will take place on Sat 29th and Sun 30th July 2017 at Bangor Academy & Sixth Form College, Castle Park Rd, Bangor. During this 2 day period competitors from all over Ulster will compete in a wide variety of instruments at solo, duet, trio and group levels in an attempt to qualify for the All Ireland finals in Ennis, Co Clare.
Lúnasa have also been confirmed as the official Fleadh headline act and will perform live on stage at St Comgall’s Parish Centre, Brunswick Rd, Bangor on Friday 28th July. Lúnasa are a world class act and have recently been described by media as the “HOTTEST IRISH ACOUSTIC BAND ON THE PLANET”. Their inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music. Doors open at 7.30pm and admission is only £10 per person. Tickets are available to purchase at Mace Store, Brunswick Rd, Bangor or online.
The actual full programme of weeklong events will consist of further concerts, talks, singing, workshops, instrument seisiúns, dancing and storytelling. For complete up to date fleadh information, please visit the official Ulster Fleadh website.
This is a grant aided event.