Sweets Of May Festival

Kerry Dancers Set Dancing Club, inaugural Sweets of May festival welcome hundreds to their weekend in The Earl of Desmond hotel Tralee from Friday to Sunday.

The Sweets of May is a traditional music and set dancing festival, which brings dancers from across the world, features three ceilis with music by Johnny Reidy Ceili Band, The Abbey Ceili Band and Striolan Ceili Band.

From early on Friday afternoon the lavishly renovated Earl of Desmond Hotel will be buzzing with festival goers. Dancers travel from every county in Ireland and Europe to share in the weekend of sessions, workshops, ceilis and craic.

Set dancing workshops take place with world renowned dancing master Pat Murphy.

The event also incorporates a New Sets Demonstration, to enable them to be archived. This demonstration launches the festival on Friday evening. The festival encourages composers to bring their set to the mainstream of set dancing.

Competitors are invited to submit a script of their set with the option of also submitting a DVD of the set been danced. The set must be a full set with some traditional features. The set must be composed in the past three years.  The competition is open with no entry fee. The competition will be judged by three independent adjudicators.

The three shortlisted sets will feature on the Friday evening to launch The Sweets of May Festival in The Earl of Desmond Hotel Tralee. The winning set will be presented with a perpetual trophy. Members of the press will be in attendance for the presentation of the award. 

The competition is the first of its kind in set dancing. Special invitations to  leaders/teachers from across the world to attend the festival, from as far  afield as Australia, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, France, England, Scotland and Wales.

As an incentive the leader of any group of ten will enjoy free accommodation for the duration of our festival. Be part of this historical occasion and join us in the beautiful county of Kerry, where nature and nurture meet. Co Kerry has so much to offer with its beautiful scenery and a thousand welcomes. Tralee is also the home of the world famous Rose of Tralee Festival.

The Earl of Desmond Hotel
Republic of Ireland

Tel:+353 86 8718819

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