Area: Newry Mourne Down

'It began as a one day event, progressed to a weekend one and now extends to eight days and seven nights of music, culture and craic. With up to 200 events the festival caters for music fanatics, families who wish to enjoy a safe, child focused festival, and those who come just to soak up the scenery, the friendliness and the free outdoor music.' Held in Rostrevor Late July.

Category Folk Festivals
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'We aim to present all of our concerts in a relaxed format, whilst still maintaining the highest artistic standards. If you attend a Newry Chamber Music concert you are guaranteed a great evening's entertainment. Our artists will introduce themselves and more importantly will talk about the music they are going to play, giving you some background about the composer, when the work was written, its historical context and what to listen out for. We like to feel connected to our audience so that we can all experience the joy of music making together.'

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One of the largest of its kind worldwide. There are approximately 14,000 entries each year; three sessions per day, and the equivalent of 39 days of performance across seven Sections. Classes are scheduled for Newry Town Hall and the adjoining Sean Hollywood Arts Centre. The Feis also enjoys excellent support from local groups and organisations when special facilities are needed for Organ classes and Music Making for Special Needs.' Held February - May.

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'We are a cross community musical society, with charitable status, formed in 1950 to develop and promote participation and appreciation of the performing arts in the Newcastle area ... What We Do A major production each Spring e.g. Sweet Charity, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Mikado etc; A junior pantomime or musical each January; Annual cabaret concerts, events, productions (November); Choral concerts/ Musical evenings in Newcastle and throughout the district.'

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'SPCS was founded in 1962 by the late Declan McGrady. Over the years SPCS has performed many of the most popular musicals of all time. We are a voluntary organisation providing quality entertainment to our local community and over the decades we have grown from strength to strength giving amateur dramatics a new purpose in the heart of Co. Down. SPCS boasts a strong membership of all ages ...'

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‘A community choir based in Downpatrick Co Down Northern Ireland. We sing for our own enjoyment and perform to raise funds for charity ... The Choir was formed in May 2007 and developed out of The Singers' Circle night class at Down Arts Centre ... The ethos of the choir is inclusive - there is no audition to join but choir members are required to make a specified level of commitment in terms of attendance at classes, practices and performances. The underlying principles under which we operate are informed by the Natural Voice Network (NVN). Our motto is the popular Zimbabwean proverb “If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing!”.’

Category Community Choirs
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'The operational base for the arts in Downpatrick and the surrounding area. Part of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council's Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism department, Down Arts Centre produces a busy programme of events all year round, including exhibitions, live theatre and music events and a wide range of classes and workshops for all ages.'

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‘Music is a large part of the life of the Cathedral. The building houses one of the finest organs in Ireland and, to compliment this, choral music has always played a very important part in leading the worship ... The Cathedral hosts major festivals and services for the Diocese, the highlight being the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations on 17th March.‘

Category Cathedrals
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