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Summer in Belfast begins with Féile 2014!


Kaiser Chiefs, Boyzone and Jason Manford headline the biggest summer party in Belfast!

With a colourful programme, the countdown has begun to Ireland’s biggest, and most vibrant community festival!

Féile an Phobail has been enlivening, entertaining and educating West Belfast and beyond with its rich mix of music, literature, spoken word, tours, talks, community events and street parties this past 26 years, and now, from the 31st July – 10th August, the highlight of the city’s summer calender marks its landmark birthday with an array of international acts and local legends, not to mention hundreds of events right across the city.

Boyzone, Kaiser Chiefs, Jason Manford, Soul II Soul, Paul Young, The Selecter, Wolfe Tones, Frances Black, Laidback Luke and Blasterjaxx are among the international-class acts joining us in Falls Park for the 26th August Féile as West Belfast prepares to throw open its doors to the world.

As well as the headlining music and comedy acts, Féile 2014 plays host to a diverse range of literature, drama, visual art, family fun, sports events, tours and walks, discussions and debates and Irish language events.

Great drama comes in the shape of the award-winning Man in the Moon from Brassneck Theatre Company, Báa hard-hitting trilingual play (Irish, Welsh and English) set during WW1 from newcomers Schizothemia, the hilarious Ill Tell Me Ma by Patricia Gormley and the return of the powerful Just another Statisticwritten and directed by Alicia Duffy.

The hotly anticipated Scribes at the Rock returns with authors Marina LewyckaRonan Bennett and Conal Creedon. Veteran journalist and broadcasterMartin Sixsmith discusses the Story of Philomena  the remarkable tale of his encounters with Philomena Lee, helping her track down her long lost son Anthony– one of an estimated 60,000 children put into forced adoption, and the inspiration behind the award-nominated movie Philomena. 

On the Journey to Peace and Reconciliation brings Colin Parry and Martin McGuinness around the table. Colin Parry’s 12-year old son Tim was killed, along with 3-year old Jonathan Ball in an IRA bomb in Warrington in March 1993.

This led Colin to form the Foundation for Peace, a charity working to promote peace and non-violent conflict resolution.

In the same period Martin McGuinness has been centrally involved in conflict transformation, a personal path which took him from republican activism to being Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. Both men will share their journey from violent times to peace.

The annual Amnesty Human Rights and Investigative Journalism event features multi-award winning investigative journalist Iain Overton. Iain has worked for BBC, ITN, Bureau of Investigative Journalism and with The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Spectator and New Statesman. He has exposed the truth about CIA drone attacks, deaths in police custody and been witness to the devastating impact of armed violence – making documentaries under fire in Somalia, Iraq and Colombia.

In the annual PJ McGrory Lecture, Carole Duggan and Jude Lanchin will discuss the campaign for justice for Mark Duggan. Carole is the aunt of Mark, who was killed by police in Tottenham on 4th August 2011, an event which sparked riots across England. In January after an inquest verdict of “lawful killing” Jude is a criminal defence solicitor with Bindmans LLP. She has acted for defendants on charges arising from the 2011 riots and previously for suspects in the PC Blakelock investigation

In total, over 250 events are set to take place over eleven days, at 50 venues across West Belfast / Gaeltacht Quarter and the City Centre, including family favourites such as the annual traditional Carnival Parade (Sunday 3rd August), Party in the Park, The Teddybear’s Picnic in Falls Park and a host of other events to appeal to all.

The programme is completed with an impressive range of sports, community and other events in the spaces and places througout West Belfast, a truly eclectic line-up which mirrors the impressive wild diversity of talents and creativity that has made the west of the city such a culturally rich hotbed.

Féile an Phobail Director Kevin Gamble said:

26 years of inclusive engagement with communities from within and outside West Belfast is a great achievment in anybodys book. But Im hugely proud to say, that as Féile an Phobail has grown year in year out, it has also stayed resolutely true to its roots.

Féile 2014 represents the very best of the West, and we’re delighted to have so many big names taking part this year, in the heart of the community alongside the very best local talent. As ever we endeavor to make our events accessible to all, whether they be free or affordably priced. And now, welcome to the biggest party in Belfast in 2014, and to the most exciting line-up Féile has ever seen!”

Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern IrelandRoisín McDonough said:

“Another fantastic line-up from Féile an Phobail. Each year the festival grows in strength and popularity, reaching out to audiences in West Belfast and far beyond.

“With so many free and low cost events within this year’s programme, we are delighted to once again to provide funding and support to the festival, helping to bring great art within the reach of everyone.”

Howard Hastings, Chairman, NITB said:

“The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is delighted to support the August Feile 2014.  With such a diverse programme of activity on offer, from music to comedy and drama to debates, visitors will not only witness a fantastic celebration of arts and culture, they will go home with great stories to tell and fantastic experiences to remember. This event is a great boost for tourism, will increase visitor numbers and bring tangible benefits to the local economy.”

Connor Magill Regional Sales Manager for Tennent’s NI, said: “Tennent’s NI is proud to have been associated with Féile an Phobail since its earliest days.

“We have watched with admiration and pleasure as Féile has grown and developed over the years, moving with confidence and imagination in exciting new directions.  It has consistently shown its capacity to attract huge audiences to enjoy a diverse cultural programme while remaining steadfastly true to its community roots – and we have seen for ourselves the sense of pride which that ethos has brought to Belfast.

“Today Féile an Phobail unveils an ambitious and dynamic festival programme which would do credit to any major city.  The flagship August festival boasts a fabulous array of local, national and international talent and showcases West Belfast at its exciting best and Tennent’s NI is delighted to be at the heart of the sociability which is synonymous with Féile.”

Féile an Phobail was established in 1988 as a direct response to the conflict in the north of Ireland. Its purpose was to celebrate the positive side of the community, its creativity, its energy, its passion for the arts, culture, language and sport. The August Féile has changed much over its subsequent 25 year history, and has evolved – as the west of the city and the city at large has also grown – into an internatioanlly acclaimed and essential destination for visitors, and local peple of all backgrounds, ages and tastes from right across Ireland.

Féile’s extensive programme of events is available on www.feilebelfast.com  Tickets can also be purchased from the Féile website, Ticketmaster.ie or any Ticketmaster Outlet, or over the phone (00442890313440).

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