The programme will include artists:
Outside Track, Moya Brennan, David Kincaid, Fidl, Brendan Hendry Band, Altan, Fiach, and Qristina & Quinn Bachand.
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Milwaukee Irish Fest
What originated as the seed of an idea for an event to celebrate and promote Irish heritage, Irish Festivals Inc. has emerged into a thriving organisation that celebrates the music, culture and history of Ireland during its four-day festival as well as several outreach initiatives throughout the year.
In the early 1980s, members of Milwaukee’s Irish community gathered to discuss opportunities to promote their Gaelic heritage in a city known for its German roots. The idea of a festival, a three-day event to promote Irish culture through music, dance, cultural exhibits, drama and sports, was born. The festival wasn’t just an opportunity to feature national Irish acts but also an impetus to showcase local groups that celebrate the rich traditions of Irish music.
Each year, Irish Fest presents new themes, new performers, cultural exhibits and special events at its annual festival.
Through the continued popularity of the festival, Irish Fest has developed its own entertainment group. The Irish Fest Choir is a group of more than 25 young adults performing traditional Irish and Irish American songs. The group recently performed with the Omagh Youth Choir in the United States and Ireland. The groups have embraced this collaboration and Irish Fest has welcomed the Omagh choir as part of the 2001, 2003 and 2008 festivals.
Known as a family-friendly festival, it’s been said that Irish Fest truly is a taste of Ireland. In addition to promoting and preserving the Irish heritage, the organisation also regards itself as a community contributor through several outreach efforts. The festival has developed an award-winning recycling programme encouraging festival guests and vendors to maintain the beauty of the Milwaukee’s lakefront. These efforts have truly earned the festival the right to be named “The Green Festival.”
While the festival only lasts four days each year, the commitment to promote and preserve Irish culture throughout the year has earned Milwaukee Irish Fest national and worldwide acclaim.
Join Bonnie North on Saturday 24 September on Celtic Music Radio from 2.00pm – 6.00pm for Milwaukee Public Radio’s round up of Milwaukee Irish Fest.