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NZ Irish Fest - Irish Feis


Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:30pm–4:30pm

Where: Hutt Valley Irish Society, 12 Raroa Rd, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

FEIS: The old Irish word feis (meaning ‘a recurring feast or festival’; plural feiseanna)

A local Festival of poetry, oratory, humour, drama, storytelling, singing and music as well as dancing displays (not competition).

Come to the Hutt Valley Irish Society for a full day of entertainment!

The Feis is a ‘local’ Feis as opposed to the National Feis which concentrates more on the Irish dancing competitions.

The music, singing and drama have taken a back seat at the Feis in recent years because of the enormous popularity of Irish dancing worldwide.

The aim is to promote a healthy interest in all aspects of Irish music, storytelling, poetry and drama which were the only forms of entertainment in Ireland over the centuries.

To paraphrase Wikipedia ‘Irish culture has to some degree been inherited and modified by the Irish diaspora, which in turn has influenced the home country.’ We are so lucky in the Hutt Valley to have a very vibrant Irish community including a group of children who attend Irish singing classes and drama classes fortnightly. The Feis will showcase the talent and enthusiasm of these young people and its open for entries so why not give it a go!

Kiwis love the Irish, and with over 600,000 New Zealanders claiming Irish ancestry, it’s no wonder. Yet there has never been a National Irish Festival in New Zealand, until now.

For the first time, this November, Kiwis and Irish alike, will come together to celebrate everything Irish with a massive four-day celebration, with over sixty events, across three cities, as part of the inaugural NZ Irish Fest.