FÉILE DÓCHAS: 8 April, 2017
Saturday 8 April
2 - 10pm @ The Shorefront, Buncrana
Féile Dóchas was a dynamic all-age creative arts festival that was part of this year’s Amazing Grace Festival. Following the example of John Newton in social activism (Newton fought for the abolition of the slave trade), Féile Dóchas will raise awareness of environmental issues, considering our impact on the world and the legacy we are leaving for future generations.
To mark the anniversary of John Newton’s arrival in Lough Swilly on 8 April 1748 and the “birth” of the Amazing Grace story, visitors were able to tour the outdoor exhibition of giant sculptures, created out of plastic waste and recycled material. As the sun set over Lough Swilly, these sculptures were illuminated providing a magical backdrop to the event, raising awareness of the profound impact of plastic waste and inspiring and empowering people to positive action.
A whole programme of live music, interactive music workshops, performance poetry, short inspirational talks with impromptu group discussions, arts and crafts, fun food, circus skills, theatre and games ran throughout the day with many opportunities for people to challenge the status quo and imagine a different (and better) future for our community and for our world. Here are a few of the treats in store:
- Elite Dance Academy
- The Music Box children's choirs
- The Multinational Inter-county Cross Community Ceili Band (MICCCCB)
- New Town
- String Empire
- Five Man Stand
- And many more...
- An Taisc's Clean Coasts roadshow
- Easkey Britton (surfer, environmentalist & inspirational speaker)
- Interactive music circle with Annette McNelis
- Beekeeping with MickVerspuij
- Fun Family Fitness with Joe Gallanagh
- Free Wee Libraries book swap
The Amazing Grace Initiative is grateful for the support of Donegal County Council through the EU funded Ladder project. Find out more about Ladder here.