European Culture Week will be held in Ennis

VISITORS from seven European countries are expected to visit Ennis when the county capitals host the 18th European Culture Week.

Culture Days runs from August 8-12. This festival is organized by the group Ennis Clanna Mileadha and will bring together participants from Sardinia, France, Hungary, South Tyrol, Lithuania, Romania and Spain.

The group Clanna Mileadha have taken part in all the festivals since their creation in 1986 on a biannual basis, only missing Sardinia in 1990.

The festival was first held in Ennis in 2002 and the bands are very excited to return to Ennis after 20 years. Covid had an impact by delaying the festival for two years as it was due to be held in 2020.

A spokesperson for Clanna Mileadha explains: “The groups come together to celebrate their unique individuality. Each country showcases its culture through music and dance. Throughout the week, groups will have the opportunity to share and learn music and dances from each other.

As part of the festival, there will be street performances in Ennis town center on Monday and Friday between 12pm and 2pm as well as an in glor concert on Thursday August 11 at 8pm. This is a free but ticketed concert that can be booked through the glor box office.

“The performances are vibrant and energetic, with each group dressed in their traditional costume. We encourage the people of Clare to come and offer our visitors a warm Irish welcome, as this is such a unique opportunity to see such a variety of musical cultures.

The spokesperson continues: “As part of the festival week, Clanna Mileadha welcomes the opportunity to promote County Clare as a tourist destination with planned visits to Bunratty Folk Park and a day trip to North Clare to include the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way. ”

The first European Culture Week took place in Kaufering and Landsberg in Germany in July 1986. The event was the brainchild of Gunter Volk, the local leader of an organization, Deutsche Jugend des Ostens.

One of the main aims of the organization was to bridge the gaps between all the nations of Europe, and more specifically to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western Europe at a time when the continent as a whole was still dominated by the “Iron Curtain”.

Volk’s vision was for an event that would promote mutual understanding and harmony across borders by bringing together groups from different European countries and regions who would represent and present their own culture in music, song and dance.

For more information on European Culture Week in Ennis, see www.enniseuropeancultureweek.com Where www.facebook.com/enniseuropeancultureweek2022 and @enniseuropeancultureweek2022 on Instagram.

Helen D. Jessen