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Crawley Irish Festival 2018

Crawley Irish Festival, the only Irish Summer Festival in the South East of Britain, celebrated its 21st anniversary last year and the 2018 event will be just as big, taking place on Bank Holiday Sunday 26 August 2018 from 12pm noon: showcasing some great Irish entertainment, music, sport and dance and much more.

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Attracting over 6,000 people, it’s recognised as a high profile Irish Festival here in the UK: featuring a number of arts workshops, Irish Dancing Demonstrations, three music stages featuring traditional and modern Irish music, GAA sport, children’s entertainment, educational areas, craft stalls and shops selling traditional Irish produce and arts & crafts.

So keep Sunday 26 August 2018 free in your diary for Crawley’s biggest Irish Festival ever! Visit us from 12 noon at The Hawth Theatre Grounds, Crawley, West Sussex – just a short while from Gatwick Airport.

WHAT’S ON OFFER?

Main Stage - Live MusicLive Music: The Music will showcase some of the biggest Irish acts from Britain and Ireland. Whilst the Trad Stage features the best traditional and folk acts from throughout the UK and Ireland. 15 bands in total play traditional to contemporary to easy listing in three different areas.

John McNicholl over from Derry heads a list of International entertainers and top billing acts. 15 bands in total play traditional to contemporary to easy listing in three different areas.

FDL Main Stage

MC – Gerry Molumby

  • 12.00 – Alan ‘Acker’ Atkinson’s Irish Folk Band
  • 13.00 – Celtic Crunch
  • 14.00 – Ace Academy of Irish Dance
  • 14.30 – Official Opening
  • 14.45 – Mary Byrne
  • 16.00 – John McNicholl
  • 17.30 – Reel Strings

Coinford Trad Stage

MC – Patrick O Connell

  • 12.00 The Toons
  • 13.00 Marian Waldron
  • 13.30 Chanter
  • 14.30 Simon Doyle & Familt
  • 15.30 Strawdogs
  • 16.30 Chris O’Malley & Friends
  • 18.00 Swaggering Dan

CEILI Dance (in the Studio)

  • Music and Sessions 15.00
  • Irish Dance Feis from 12.15

Killoughery Music Session

7 Hour Music Session in the Lobby

  • Multiple bands will perform – together with acts from across the festival – each providing 15-20 minute sessions throughout the day.

Open Dance and Dancing Displays

Live Dance: Irish Dance displays have always been popular at the festivals and the Open Dance Competition attracts competitors from all over the the world at the Irish Dance Stage.

Ceili Dancing Arena is always a focal point where newcomers are always welcome to join in. Watch out for the future members of Riverdance with dancing displays by local dance schools.

So enjoy a great day with some great entertainment.

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Live Sport: GAA Sport also has an important role to play with live action being played out on the big screen right in the heart of Crawley.

Due to the papal visit to Ireland, there is no GAA scheduled for this weekend so we are unable to show any sport on the BIG SCREEN.

J Devine Childrens Entertainment Arena

Children’s Entertainment: Running till 5.00 Children The younger element are well catered for in the J DEVINE CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT ARENA with particular emphasis on traditions and folklore workshops, kids drama corner, magic tricks and song and storytelling.
Family Entertainment
All-Round Family Fun: Families and children will be well catered for with stalls and an amusement area for all-round family fun.

Children are catered for in the festival play area, a fair, football, art, songs and storytelling with particular emphasis on Irish traditions and folklore.

And there’s more:

  • And lots more

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

All proceeds from the Crawley Irish Festival are invested in community projects to assist in the promotion of Celtic and Irish cultural activities in and around Crawley.

ADMISSION IS FREE

Admission is the best value family day out in the southeast because it’s absolutely Free! That’s right, it’s free. Nothing, nadder, zip!

Support

The Crawley Irish Festival is supported through funding by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs; Emigrant Support Fund, Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council.

Foundation Developments Limited

CICS - Sponsored by Coinford

J Devine - Sponsor of the Childrens Entertainment Arena

CICS - Sponsored by Killoughery

Emigrant Support ProgrammeLocal Government Supporters

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