Féile Iorras International Folk Arts Festival

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Country and Region IrelandMayo
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Féile Iorras International Folk Arts Festival
Feile Iorras
Belmullet, County Mayo
Phone : (353) 97-81952
Fax: (353) 97-81665
Email: info@feileiorras.org

Festival Description

Feile Iorras was established in 1996 as a result of an initiative by Mayo County Council Arts office. One of the main aims in setting up the Feile was to promote integration and understanding between the people of Erris and various communities throughout the world. This is done by inviting groups from around the world to take part in the festival and to maximize contact between the groups and the people of Erris during the Feile. Since it's inception groups from Italy, Finland, Britanny, Cornwall, Bolivia, Peru, Sweden, Wales, Poland, Romania, Greece, Estonia, England and Scotland have been hosted at the Feile.
Feile Iorras have also provided a platform for local Erris performers and players. The festival encompasses all forms of Folk Arts including traditional dancing (with regional costumes), Piping, traditional music, (ranging from Andean to Cajun and Samba) exhibitions of arts and crafts, traditional music master classes as well as workshops in the visual arts and sculpture. The range of activities in the festival vary from year to year but the emphasis has always been on Quality Acts and the development of community involvement.

Festival Dates July 17 - 26, 2010
Festival Links http://www.feileiorras.org/

Festival Events:

Featured performance 2009:
  • BLOCK PARTY!, Choreographed by Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick
    Performance — July 17th at 3:00pm, at Doohoma Banks
    • Block Party! a playful performance for Public Spaces Touring in 2009 Roving dancers and musicians, flying blocks, vanishing structures, instant architecture — it’s a BLOCK PARTY! Six dazzling dancers, plus explosive percussion played live by Brian Fleming & friends, perform this movable feast for the eyes and the senses, for the adult and the child (in you). Merging the worlds of dance, music and architecture, this Outdoor Spectacle will immerse you in a vibrant world of colour and play with giant-sized Toy Blocks, creating designs more clever than a Rubik’s Cube on pointe. Choreographed by DTI Artistic Directors Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick. Innovative sculptor Andrew Clancy created the Blocks and dancers include: Adam Murphy, Khyle Eccles, Cosimo De Tommaso, Kathleen Doherty, Mirjam Gurtner and Sandro Franchini. “…dancers spilled in and out of structures…transformed into couches, houses… limitless possibilities…joyous leaps, sprints… and dance licks…such fun…real stars”
      M. Seaver, IRISH TIMES
      Block Party! is a Dance Theatre of Ireland production. For more information visit


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