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NZ Irish Fest - Trad Session & Christchurch Festival Opening


Thu 15 Nov 2018, 5:00pm–8:00pm

Where: A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St, Christchurch

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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.

We're kicking things off with a bang in Christchurch. A Rolling Stone are putting on a full evening of entertainment with bands, Irish dancing, a full Irish session. Join us on the Thursday to launch the NZ Irish Fest.

Da Banjaxed are a one half Irish, one half Country and one half Kiwi band that have been around in various incarnations way back to the days when MacGowan had all his teeth, Earle had all his hair and Dobbyn had some lovely jumpers.

Da Banjaxed, out of Slainte by Mullet and the Poison Dogs, are based in the South Island of New Zealand and these days mostly play as a three or four or five piece, but it must be said, they have never been very good at counting.

The O’Neill School of Irish Dance, run by Sean and Cathy O’Neill, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Sean O’Neill was the first New Zealander to place at the Irish Dancing World Championships and brought that passion for the sport back to New Zealand after spending time training and living in Ireland.

The school has had many hundreds of Christchurch dancers through its doors. For these dancers it is a lifetime affair with dancers starting their career as young as 4 years old and dancing through to their early 20’s. Some of those dancers have followed in Sean’s footsteps and placed at World Championships. You can follow the school on Instagram and Facebook O'Neill School of Irish Dance, NZ

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.

From the 15th – 18th November, three celebrated songwriters will travel from Ireland to play shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch alongside local musicians. The feature artists are: the iconic Damien Dempsey from Dublin; award winning songwriter Mick Flannery from Cork; songstress Lisa O’Neill from Cavan and Irish comedians Alan McElroy (Dublin) and Darren Jardine (Belfast).

NZ Irish Fest will also see the premiere of four Irish Films in NZ and marks the very first Irish Film Fest. As if musical performances, comedy, film, Irish dancing displays and Gaelic Football showcases weren’t enough of a reason to celebrate, the All Blacks play Ireland in Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road in Dublin the same weekend on Sun the 18th of November at 8am (NZ Time).

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