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A Festival Of Folk is Siamsa Tíre’s annual Festival of Folk in the town of Tralee celebrating Irish Music, Song and Dance

Siamsa Tíre celebrates Irish culture through the arts and is home to the National Folk Theatre of Ireland.  The annual Festival of Folk normally begins in the first week of May.

Siamsa Tíre protects, develops and explores Irish culture and traditions, who we are, where we come from and who we are going to be. Thousands of visitors to Kerry have enjoyed the performances of Irish music, song and dance as a highlight of their trip to Ireland. 

There is an energy, a wildness, a passion about these performances, using the best of traditional arts, which come together to create a memorable and emotional experience for all visitors.

You will find the performances moving and exciting. The Festivals of Irish Folk Music, Song & Dance each year from May to September, with performances six nights a week in May and September, and seven nights a week from July to August. There's so much to enjoy during the annual festival - from performances and workshops to exhibitions in the gallery spaces. 

The prefomances bring together the people of Kerry and visitors from all over the world to enjoy the best of Irish culture – music, song and dance in the wonderful theatre in Tralee, in beautiful County Kerry, looking out over the Slieve Mish Mountains and the Dingle peninsula.

At the heart of the National Folk Theatre lies a professional core group of full-time performers, led by Artistic Director, Jonathan Kelliher and supported by selected artists drawn from the local community but trained in the unique Siamsa Tíre style and idiom.

The aim of the National Folk Theatre is to protect, explore and develop traditional artforms in music, song and dance. These aims are delivered through numerous activities: Folk Theatre stage productions from the Siamsa Tíre repertoire, the development of new work, as well as training and education.

The origins of Siamsa Tíre and the National Folk Theatre of Ireland go back to the first ‘Summer Season’ of performances in 1968 directed by founder Pat Ahern.  In 1974, Teach Siamsa in Finuge was built and officially opened, the first General Manager, Martin Whelan was appointed, the first Board of Directors was formed, and the training of young people in the unique Siamsa style, began.

There is an energy, a wildness, a passion about these performances, using the best of traditional arts, which come together to create a memorable and emotional experience for our visitors.

A memorable experience guaranteed to stay with you forever! Choose from one of three fantastic shows during the summer-long Festival of Folk.

Fadó Fadó (Long Ago) dramatises a whole year's cycle of living and working the land through lively singing, music, dancing and mime. Fadó Fadó celebrates the joys and sorrows of a rural family in Ireland long ago, moving from the open air of the bog fields and harvest festivals to the warmth of the hearth-lit kitchen.

The Great Blasket Island, located off the coast of West Kerry retains an almost mystical significance for many, both from Ireland and abroad. Oileán celebrates the way of life of the islanders and their spirit of survival, capturing the essence of this island community, their traditions and customs, their wealth of song and story, their love of life and their strong kinship with one another.

Turas features music from all corners of Ireland beautifully interwoven with exciting dance and rich vocals. World championship dancers thrill the audience with their intricate footwork, ranging in styles from modern Irish to our very own traditional 'North Kerry' style. Turas is a combination of powerful music, stunning dance routines and beautiful vocals which will live in your memory long after leaving the theatre.


Siamsa Tíre, Home to the National Folk Theatre of Ireland

Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry

Website: http://www.siamsatire.com/

Box Office: +353 66 7123055

National Folk Theatre: +353 66 7186192

Accounts: +353 66 7186189

Programming (Theatre & Galleries): +353 66 7186191

Technical: +353 66 7186195    

If you have any special requirements, such as a wheelchair space, please contact the Box Office on +353 66 7123055.

Full contact details, including email addresses, for all the staff team are available on the People Page which you can access here…


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