Irish language stage set to see music, dancing and drag shows
as Gaeilge at An Chollchoill-Hazelwood over three days
Conradh na Gaeilge’s Croí na Féile is set to bring the Irish language to centre stage again this year at Electric Picnic. Once again, campers will have the opportunity to pitch their tents in the company of other Irish language speakers in the official Gaeltacht campsite, an Láthair Ghaeltachta.
The Irish language stage, An Chollchoill, will also be back again this year, which will celebrate Irish music, language and culture throughout the weekend. The Collchoill stage will have a mix of traditional music agus cultúr Gaelach with acts evey night from 19:00 to after midnight. These acts will feature great DJs such as Ailbhe Ní Riain, traditional music groups like Shandrum Céilí Band who have been entertaining festival goers at EP since the Collchoill stage started in 2018, as well as the incredible Bandia group who are known for their Irish language covers.
The campsite will offer a chance for people to use their Gaeilge throughout the weekend. An Láthair Ghaeltachta, which has sold out its ticket allocation over the last number of years, will offer people a chance to put the language at croí na féile and to enjoy a space with other Irish-speaking campers over the weekend.
Speaking about the festival, Orlaith Nic Ghearailt of Conradh na Gaeilge commented:
“Electric Picnic is one of the biggest highlights on the annual musical calendar in Ireland, bringing together thousands of people to celebrate through music and culture. Festivals give us the opportunity to express ourselves in a unique way — and what is language but an expression of identity.
In the Collchoill, below the trees and under the cover of moonlight, revellers can come and listen to the best of music over the weekend. From DJs to drag queens and from trad collectives to 80’s groups, this year’s programme will bring festival-goers down through the woods to a stage full of beautiful music and exciting bands, with artists such as The Len Collective, the Shandrum Céilí Band and Bandia set to take the stage.”
Paula Melvin, President of Conradh na Gaeilge said:
“Conradh na Gaeilge, with the support of Foras na Gaeilge, has put the Irish language at the heart of Electric Picnic since 2018 and we look forward to bringing Croí na Féile back to Ireland’s biggest music festival this year. People will have the opportunity to use Irish at the festival by camping in the Gaeltacht campsite and by stopping by the Collchoill stage on all three nights.
Conradh na Gaeilge invites Electric Picnic attendees to come and stay in the Gaeltacht campsite, where Irish will be the main spoken language with ceol, craic agus cannaí among Gaels at the festival.
You can register for the Gaeltacht campsite on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lathair-champala-ghaeltachta-ag-an-bpicnic-leictreach-tickets-687975602547
Registration open from today, 21 August. Limited number of spaces available.
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community. The Conradh has over 200 branches and numerous individual members registered around the world, members that work hard to promote the use of Irish in their own areas. Conradh na Gaeilge’s main aim is to promote the use of Irish as the standard language in Ireland. Conradh na Gaeilge was established by Douglas Hyde, Eoin Mac Néill, and their colleagues on the 31st of July 1893. The organisation runs Irish-language courses; advocates for the language rights of Irish-speakers; raises awareness about the language; hosts the international Irish-language festivalSeachtain na Gaeilge; manages the Irish-language information hub PEIG.ie and the Irish-language bookshop An Siopa Leabhar; supports Raidió Rí-Rá; and much more. More information: www.cnag.ie
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