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    Wednesday
    Dec222010

    Feile an Phobail

    Presently Aislinn is one of the youngest members that sits on Feile an Phobails management committee. Working her way up through the ranks Aislinn has worked in every area of the festival from cleaning the marquee, putting up posters, hospitality duties, comperering events, to stage and event managing.
    Now one of the longest serving volunteers Aislinn has worked for the organisation since 1998 and continues to do so.

    The Festival has gone from strength to strength from when she first started volunteering and it now boasts an impressive yearly line up of fringe festivals such as ‘Feile en errage’, ‘the Halloween festival’ ‘the Christmas Rock around the Christmas Tree event’ ‘laugh at the Bank’ all of which lead up to the main August Feile which sees international acts gracing the stage of the many venues throughout Belfast.

     

    The Background

    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, and for sport. It furthermore aimed to provide events and entertainment at a price that the majority of the community could afford.

    In August 1988 the first Féile opened with a relatively humble parade of floats, bands and GAA clubs walking in their club regalia to an open-air party in Dunville Park. Street parties were organized throughout the West. Door-to-door collections were made to fund day trips to the seaside for pensioners and outings for young people.

    Soon the street confrontations associated with the week around August 9th were displaced by a positive display of the community and its creativity.

    The August Féile has proved a resounding success, growing from strength to strength and inspiring other troubled areas to organize similar festivals.

    The carnival parade routinely brings over 50,000 participants for a colourful, musical procession with specially-designed floats representing a chosen theme, dancers and children in costume and face-masks.
    It has grown from a one-week festival to a year-round programme with many events.

    www.feilebelfast.com