An Táin Arts Centre are delighted to take part in the 10th Brigid of Faughart Festival which runs from the 29th Jan until the 5th of February.
The festival celebrates Brigid of Faughart and the Celtic Festival of Spring, with emphasis on music, poetry, dance, healing and pilgrimage.
An Táin will play host to the legendary Armagh Rhymers, with a ritual performance on 1st February.
This will be performed in the housevisiting style of Wren Boys, Strawmen, Mummers, Biddymen, Mollies, Ribbonmen, Skettlers, Guisers, Gallochians, and Wildermen, with masks by James Mulholland, Paul Carville, Bob Johnston and Peter J Shortall and costumes by Anne Hart.
Music on the night will be played on pipes, fiddle, concertina, bones, bodhrans, bells and even the jaw bone of an ass.
Songs, tunes, stories, rhymes, drama and haiku complete the picture . and an Evening of Spoken Word featuring local poets Marion Brannigan, Jean Connolly, Brid Mc Donnelll and John Noonan and special guest Siobhan Mac Mahon on 4th February.
Siobhan is an Irish performance poet, playwright and poetry activist living in Yorkshire.
Her poems, powerful, moving and often funny, celebrate our sacred connection to the Earth and the return of the Divine Feminine.
Numerous other events will be held in various locations around Dundalk such as Wellington Hall, Dundalk Library, and The Outcomers Hall.
The pilgrimage walk from Dundalk to Faughart Shrine on January 29th will follow one of the ancient pilgrimage routes used by local people for hundreds of years, when they walked out to Faughart to celebrate the Feast of St.Brigid on February 1st, or the ancient Celtic Festival of Imbolc.
Please see http://www.brigidoffaughart.ie/ for full details of events or pick a brochure. Armagh Rhymers tickets for 1st Feb are €10 and An Evening of Spoken Word tickets on 4th Feb at €15/€12 concession. You can book tickets at our Box Office, phone us on 042 9332332 or order online at www.antain.ie