Féile Grianán Áiliagh celebrates the summer solstice festival weekend 2013 with Irish landscape spectacle company LUXe keeping the darkness at bay from dusk to dawn. Enjoy an installation of fire and light sculpture weaving a musical pilgrimage for all the family and awakening the legendary horsemen that sleep beneath Grianan of Aileach, one of Ireland’s most spectacular ancient sites and the most identifiable structure on the landscape in the entire north west region. The sleeping knights may about to be disturbed by the delightful noise and trampling of many feet as the hill erupts in a fest of celebration of this historic monument, beginning with a dawn chorus early on Friday morning (June 21), followed by Friday evening’s spectacular musical and lighting event and the Féile Grianan Áiliagh Cultural Event on Saturday afternoon (June 22).
This year’s Féile will tell the story of the Horsemen through an elemental theatrical feast of processional sculpture, aerial theatre, dancing fire, shadow play, illuminated installation, sumptuous costume, raw music, soundscape and aromas on the Friday night followed by folklore, storytelling, ancient song, music, dance and carnival, drama and pageant in and around the Fort on the Saturday afternoon.
It will also consist of many exhibits, such as Basket Making, Wattle Making, Yarn Spinning, Falconry, Blacksmith /armoury, illustrating the life of the area at that time in history.
The ancient Fort of Grianan has much legend and historical stories attached to it and it has been the focal point for human activity for thousands of years.
It was unanimously agreed by the groups involved as being the ideal venue from which to host a Cultural event that will be acceptable and neutral to all communities involved. The Féile will be a celebration of a period in time of An Grianán illustrating how ancient people lived their lives through work and leisure.
This community lead programme of activity will support important actions at a local level and that will endeavour to create and promote the region to a wider tourism audience, and to achieve greater community cohesion in the locality. The event will help maximise best use of the An Grianán Áiligh historical site and will showcase it in all its glory. The event will encourage visitors to the area, and it will be an opportunity for all communities in the locality to work together to bring much needed tourism related products to an area/region that is underdeveloped.
This year’s Féile Grianán Áiligh cultural event is the first of its kind on this scale to be ever undertaken. Féile Grianán Áiliagh Group are an amalgamation of local development groups, local and cross-border businesses, artists, musicians, historians and tourism providers living in the border and surrounding areas of Inishowen & Derry, (all of whom have been involved in a variety of projects over the years in their local communities). Part Funded by Inishowen Development Partnership and Leader, Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal County Council, Irish Arts Council and Derry/Londonderry City of Culture 2013 as well as the Donegal Gathering
The weekend promises to be a colourful one of cultural and historical interest that will capture the imaginations of all the family with events beginning with the Dawn Chorus led by the Inishowen Gateway Choir at 4.50 am on Friday morning followed by Friday evening’s spectacular event and Saturday’s Cultural event taking place throughout the afternoon from 1pm – 6pm. A full programme of the events for the day will be publicised in the coming weeks but in the meantime, reserve June 21 & 22 in your diary.
Traffic and access restrictions to the Fort will apply on the days. Parking will be available near to the Fort with transport provided on the Saturday afternoon. Admission is €5 or €15 per family car on Saturday and €12 per person on Friday. Tickets will be available in advance and limited numbers are available.