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Féile an Earraigh one of final events in 2016/17 funding programme

Tourism Events Funding

Posted by Tourism NI

Published February 28, 2017

The final engagements of Tourism NI’s annual Tourism Events Funding Programme for 2016/17 are due to take place over the St Patrick’s Day period.

Féile an Earraigh one of final events in 2016/17 funding programme

Sean Murray, Stephen Rea and Kevin Gamble at the launch of Féile an Earraigh

Féile an Earraigh in Belfast, St Patrick’s International Festival in Armagh and Downpatrick and the LegenDerry Food Festival in Derry conclude this financial year’s programme aimed at driving visitor numbers, increasing spend and providing opportunities for visitors to interact with local culture, people and place. The Tourism NI programme includes funding for both International Tourism Events and a National Tourism Events Sponsorship Scheme and is part of the Events Strategic Vision for Northern Ireland. That strategy aims to support the events industry in a bid to strengthen the position of Northern Ireland as a must-see destination.

Féile an Earraigh, which was launched last week, is a sister festival of the hugely successful Féile an Phobail and runs from 10 to 18 March in a host of venues across Belfast. Boasting a packed programme of live traditional music, theatre, family events, tours and talks, the programme will this year incorporate the inaugural Respect Belfast Human Rights Film Festival. The award-winning actor Stephen Rea is the Respect festival patron. He joined Féile an Earraigh director Kevin Gamble and Respect director Sean Murray at the launch of Féile an Earraigh in Belfast last Monday.

Féile director Kevin Gamble explained how Féile an Earraigh was about putting Irish traditional music, language, and culture to the forefront in celebrations of the city.

“What better time to host this festival than during the lead up to St Patrick’s Day in Belfast,” said Kevin. “Belfast’s Féile an Phobail, Ireland’s biggest community arts festival and summer school, are delighted to present our Spring Festival, Féile an Earraigh and we’re sure there is something for everyone in the packed programme. We're delighted this year too, to be partnering with the Respect Human Rights Film Festival who have produced a programme that offers a wider understanding of a host of human rights subjects."

Kabosh theatre company’s hugely acclaimed production, Those You Pass on the Street, the epic West Awakes tour and West Belfast Youth Talks Back provide some of the highlights of Féile an Earraigh as well as the Respect film schedule.

Speaking at the launch, Stephen Rea said, “I am honoured to become patron of the Respect Belfast Human Rights Film Festival. As the world faces many political uncertainties, it is of vital importance that an event, such as this, can empower, educate and advocate for those without a voice.”

For the full Féile an Earraigh/ Respect 2017 Programme click here.

CAPTION: Respect director Sean Murray, actor and patron Stephen Rea and Féile an Earraigh director Kevin Gamble 

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