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The International Pan Celtic Festival

3rd April 2018 – 8th April 2018, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

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Pan Celtic Programme 2018 & Fringe events

The International Pan Celtic festival takes place from 3rd April 2018 – 8th April 2018 in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. All events, times and locations of the various activities will be detailed in the Full 2018 programme.

Pan Celtic Festival for Letterkenny

The 47th International Pan Celtic Festival comes to Letterkenny next month, bringing with it a colourful and vibrant celebration of the music, song, dance, pageantry, languages and sports, of the six Celtic nations – Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany.

The Festival runs from Tuesday to Sunday, April 3 to 8, and boasts a packed programme of themed concerts, music, song and dance workshops and competitions, talks, storytelling sessions, Celtic language workshops, street pageantry, spectacle and drama.

Some 300 international performers will travel to Letterkenny for this very special event, no doubt evoking memories among many of the town’s citizens of the glory days of the much loved Letterkenny International Folk Festival.

Official Opening

The Festival will be Opened Officially by noted Gaoth Dobhair musician, singer, Altan founder member and former Donegal Person of the Year,  Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, at special Opening Night Concert, featuring performances from each of the participating Celtic nations, at the Mount Errigal Hotel, on Tuesday night, April 3 at 7.30pm.  Admission is Free of Charge and people are encouraged to come along and welcome our Pan Celtic Festival visitors to Donegal.

Pan Celtic Song Contest and Choral Concert  

There will be much to look forward to over the following five days and nights. An Grianán Thetre, as well as hosting the Festival Office and Festival Ticket Office, will host some of the Festival’s most highly anticipated competitive events and  concert performances. These include the prestiguous Pan Celtic International Song Contest on Thursday night, April 5th.  and the spectacular Pan Celtic Choral Concert on Friday night, April 6th. , as well as the Traditional Singing competitions on Wednesday afternoon, April 4th.

Celtic Nation Nights

Among the perennial Festival favourites are special variety concerts hosted by the individual visiting Celtic Nation groups. The first of these, the Breton night, takes place at the Mount Errigal Hotel on Wednesday, April 4. from 7.00pm. The night will feature performances by the 20 member An Drouz Vor (‘Glór na Farraige /The Sound of the Sea’) community performance group from the town Port Louis in South Brittany, as well as the 17 singers and four musicians of the Mat’lots du Vent ensemble from Lorient, who will perform a programme of traditional sea songs and shanties, in French, English and Breton. The audience on the night will also be treated to a special Pan Celtic Festival collaboration betwen the Kervignac pipe band from Brittany and the Letterkenny and District Pipe Band.

Three further visiting Celtic Nation Nights will take place at the Mount Errigal Hotel, over the course of the Festival. On Thursday, April 5, it’s the turn of Cornwall and the Isle of Man; Friday, April 6 is Wales Night while on Saturday, April 7, it’s the turn of the Scots. Admission to each of the Celtic Nation Nights is €10 and tickets may be Purchased or Booked in Advance at the An Grianán Theatre Box Office, or purchased at the Door, on the night.

Pageantry and Spectcle

The Festival will take to the streets on Friday afternoon, April 6, with a special Pan Celtic Busking Competition from 12 noon followed by the Pan Celtic Parade, from An Grianán Theatre to the Market Square at 2.00pm.  The Parade will feature marching bands, dancers and musicians from the Celtic nations, as well as a special appearnce by Inishowen Carnival Group, who will bring their spectacular pageant, The Ancients – featuring the Celtic gods Daghda and Morrigan – to town for the event.

Further Events and Programme Information

Details of further Pan Celtic Festival events, such as the Celtic language classes and workshops series at the Central Library, the lecture on Druids and Bards at the County Museum, the hugely popular Scottish Céilí event, the Inter-Celtic Dance Competition, special religious services and walking tours of Letterkenny, are all to be found in the Festival Programme, which may be downloaded from the Donegal County Council website and on

The 47th Festival is presented by the International Pan Celtic Council, in a partnership with Donegal County Council.

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