Ireland's Biggest Community Arts Festival
Ireland's Biggest Community Arts Festival is Going Digital!
This year, due to the restrictions created by Covid-19, we are taking the Féile an Phobail to you in the comfort of your own home.
There will be everything for everyone with music, comedy, talks, debate and more...
Join Us for the Virtual Féile!
This year, the Féile is coming to you in your own home!
The Virtual Féile an Phobail is delivered entirely online. With so many different events, you can choose to dip in and experience it all by creating your own schedule for specific events, or catch them all. It’s up to you!
We look forward to welcoming you as you join us this year for the Virtual Féile an Phobail!View the schedule
Féile an Phobail meaning “festival of the people” is a well-established organisation with 32 years of experience and development of world class arts and cultural events.
Established 32 years ago, the once fledging festival has went on to welcome in excess of 100,000 people every single year to the city of Belfast and is internationally recognised as being one of the largest festivals of its type in Europe. The August Féile, also known as the west Belfast Festival, is a community celebration of global culture that takes place in Belfast during the first two weeks of August each year, a time synonymous in the past with Internment commemorations in Nationalist and Republican areas
The August Féile is our flagship festival now entering its 32nd year (2020) and is Irelands Biggest Community Arts Festival and Summer School. It takes place over a ten day period and presents spectators with a wide range of arts and cultural activities, including music concerts, comedy, exhibitions, discussions and debates, youth events, literary events, dramas, family, out door and community events, street performances, carnival parade, international food fayres, sports, tours and walks, attracting in excess of 90,000 visitors from across the Island of Ireland, the UK and Internationally.
The festival brings an array of events including music, comedy, talks (Irelands biggest summer school), tours, theatre and family centred activities. In recent years the Festival has gathered a reputation for hosting high profile world class artists and festival contributors, including ‘Olly Murs and UB40’, Shane McGowan, The Kaiser Chiefs, Christy Moore, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Albie Sachs, and many more. The rise and enhanced reputation of our ‘Discussions and Debates’ section, now classed as Irelands biggest summer school with over 70 world class talks and debates is the events unique selling point, helping attract world class contributors and world wide audiences to the festival.
Having started as a small ‘community festival’, Féile has now grown to become Irelands biggest festival of its kind, and one of the biggest in Europe, offering visitors a truly authentic cultural experience, a place that delights in sounds, the spoken word, the beat of rhyme, the rhythm of song, the crackle of the opened book, ensuring visitors will leave with a unique experience and a willingness to return!
Donate to our Féile charities!
Our nominated Virtual Féile 2020 charities are Pretty’n’Pink & DeterMND.
Please show your support for both charities by donating at the links below.
Thank you for your support!
DeterMND - Donate Here
Pretty’n’Pink - Donate Here
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With so many events this year, we have everything from debates to family art workshops. Find the events you want to experience from this year's Virtual Féile!Check out the Categories
Not sure what to watch? Here are some events you don't want to miss!
Rámhaíocht le Gaeilge - an Instructional Film - Scannán Teagaisc
Falls Residents Association’s 50th Anniversary Programme of Falls Curfew - Clár Chumann Áitritheoirí na bhFál den 50ú bliain chomórtha de Chuirfiú na bhFál
Our History Our Future
17 Voices Proclamation
‘Play the Violins’ A short film by Kieron Magee - Gearrscannán ag Kieron Magee
‘The Longest Creep’ A short film by Kieron Magee - Gearrscannán ag Kieron Magee.
Aidan Monaghan Exhibition
David Bell Exhibition