Sights & Sounds of the Fleadh by Duana Forrest

sights & sounds galore at the fleadh

Duana Forrest comments on the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which took place in Derry-Londonderry from 11-18 August 2013.

Sights, sounds and smells galore as Derry reigns in the 62nd Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013, the biggest weekend the City of Culture has seen so far.

The streets of Derry were lined with people, stalls and music last week as the Fleadh set home for an incredible week. People of the city and all over the world were welcomed to the unbeatable atmosphere the Fleadh attracts, and Derry outdid itself. The Guildhall played host to a variety of televised concerts which wowed the crowd with the unique music talents and both Shipquay and Waterloo Street were a sea of people each night, making the most of the traditional music, bars and nightlife.

Many famous faces arrived in Derry to participate in the festivities such as the stunningly talented Cara Dillon who played to a sold out Millennium Forum along with Phil Coulter and Seamus Heaney.

Every corner turned there was a different accent or language to be heard as the Fleadh attracted an impressive number of tourists to the City of Culture. Visitors and locals enjoyed the electric atmosphere, with buskers and performers scattered all over the City, giving it a whole new lease of life.

To top off the rainbow of music and performances all over the city, the selection of food was mesmerising. The quay was lined with stalls, food of every kind and from every country. From French crêpes to Spanish Paella, the food stalls were an absolute treat for everyone attending.

And to end the festival on a high note, Derry became Guinness Book of Record holders for the longest Riverdance line where they attracted over 2,500 participants, smashing the previous record. Proving that County Derry can pull off anything.

This entry was posted on August 27th, 2013 at 1:14 pm by Desima

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