Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann doesn’t just promote music and dancing it promotes community, families and lifelong enjoyment through arts skills and engagement.
In June 2019 we are talking over the town with Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria playing host to a weekend festival bringing together people from all over Britain and Ireland to celebrate, participate and find a community sharing in a love of traditional Irish arts. Our weekend long festival will see hundreds of musicians, singers and dancers come together to develop their skills as artists with a program of events including concerts, performances, street music, céilí dancing, storytelling and competition. The best of the traditional music world will be on hand to pass on their tradition to a younger and older generations in the picturesque community setting of this historic market town on the edge of the lake district. We will engage with schools and other groups in the village as well as visitors to show how arts and culture can be accessible and open to everyone and that – with a bit of practice – anyone can gain from learning an instrument, singing or getting up on the dance floor for a healthier life.
The weekend is entirely run by volunteers and will bring communities together. The community of Kirkby Lonsdale and the wider Irish community will work together to promote Irish Arts, the town of Kirkby Lonsdale with fun, safe activity for all generations working together and highlighting the benefits of music and culture in a more active and healthily lifestyle and society.
The money would be used to support the festival and specifically to hire spaces and musicians for public social dancing as well as hiring tutors to provide instruction on dancing, music and storytelling to the public.

All Britain Fleadh

Moment of Pride

We are most proud of the way that it brings together all generations with grandparents and parents, passing skills and a love of music to their children and grandchildren with local and national communities coming together as volunteers to celebrate the community through arts and culture.

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale